Flawless Frederick makes amends with dominant race three performance
Carlin's Kaylen Frederick made amends for losing victory in race one yesterday with a flawless performance in race three at Oulton Park. The American driver made a great start from second place to blast past pole man Louis Foster, and then pulled away at a rapid rate to take the chequered flag over eight seconds clear of teammate Nazim Azman, the third largest margin of victory in BRDC British F3 history.
Azman had to withstand a late charge from Douglas Motorsport's Ulysse De Pauw, who claimed his second podium of the weekend with third place.
Double R's Foster finished over five seconds back from De Pauw, and less than half a second clear of the Belgian's teammate Kiern Jewiss. Lanan Racing's Bart Horsten claimed sixth, just three tenths clear of Hillspeed's Oliver Clarke, with Josh Skelton taking eighth for Chris Dittmann Racing. Carlin's Guilherme Peixoto survived a skirmish with Nico Varrone to take ninth ahead of Hillspeed's Sasakorn Chaimongkol.
After making a false start in race one yesterday, it was perhaps not surprising that Foster's getaway was more cautious this time around, though Frederick, who suffered the same penalty yesterday, made a rocket start to immediately launch into the lead on the way down to Old Hall, with Azman following him through past Foster to take second, with De Pauw further demoting Foster on the opening lap.
Frederick led by over 1.6 seconds on lap one, a margin he extended by big margins on almost every lap. On lap two the gap was already nearing three seconds, and at the end of lap six he was four seconds clear. In the second half of the event he romped away even more, extending the lead to almost six seconds on lap 10, 6.7 seconds on lap 11, 7.7 seconds on lap 12, and eventually taking the flag by 8.650s.
Azman had no answer for that sort of pace, but he did operate clear of De Pauw for much of the event, being nearly three seconds clear of the Belgian driver by lap eight, But as Azman fell away from Frederick, he was caught by De Pauw, and ultimately finished just half a second clear.
Foster had to keep his eyes in his mirrors for Jewiss throughout the contest, with the Douglas Motorsport man enjoying a strong first lap to climb from eighth to fifth, and then remained behind Foster for the remainder of the contest.
Horsten kept Jewiss in his sights, but had Clarke for company for the entire race, with the Australian never really more than half a second ahead of the Hillspeed car.
Skelton in eighth was the beneficiary of a lap eight incident between teammate Varrone and Carlin's Peixoto. Varrone had been keeping a train of cars behind him for the opening laps, only to be pitched into the gravel by Peixoto at Knickerbrook, with Skelton going from 10th to eighth as a result. Peixoto shadowed Skelton for the remainder of the race, and finished six tenths clear of Chaimongkol.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Oulton Park race three provisional result:
1. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 13 laps
2. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +8.650s
3. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +9.177s
4. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +14.707s
5. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +15.158s
6. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, +16.841s
7. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +17.166s
8. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +21.748s
9. Guilherme Peixoto, Carlin, +22.121s
10. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +24.074s
11. Kush Maini, Hitech GP, +24.563s
12. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +26.950s
13. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, +29.092s
14. Manaf Hijjawi, Douglas Motorsport, +29.375s
15. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +29.909s
16. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +30.210s
DNF. Nico Varrone, Chris Dittmann Racing, 7 laps completed
Photo credit: BRDC British F3 and British GT