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Frederick makes it a Sunday double to steal championship lead


Carlin's Kaylen Frederick led from start to finish to take his second victory of the day in the final race of the weekend at Oulton Park this afternoon (Sunday), taking the championship lead for the first time in doing so.

The American was kept much more honest this time around, finishing two seconds clear of Hitech GP's Kush Maini, while Lanan's Piers Prior benefited from a strong start and misfortune for teammate Bart Horsten to claim his second podium of the weekend in third.

Carlin's Nazim Azman just missed out on a third podium of the weekend with fourth place, nearly five seconds ahead of Douglas Motorsport's Kiern Jewiss, with Chris Dittmann Racing's Josh Skelton just three tenths behind in sixth place.

Sasakorn Chaimongkol completed a consistent weekend for Hillspeed with seventh, 1.3 seconds clear of Double R's Louis Foster, with Guilherme Peixoto and Reece Ushijima completing the top-10 in the final contest of the weekend.

At the start, Frederick made a clean getaway to lead down to Old Hall, while Maini held off Horsten and the fast starting Prior, who dispatched Azman on the way down to the first corner, and very nearly passed Horsten up the inside.

Unlike in race three, Frederick wasn't able to pull away with ease, with Maini keeping the gap below a second inside the opening five laps, as the lead two stretched a small margin to Horsten who held third for the first half of the race.

Horsten's race came undone on lap seven though when he went off at Island Bend and made contact with the barriers, forcing him out of the race and promoting teammate Prior into the top-three, although a few seconds away from the lead duo.

At the front, Frederick was able to stretch out his advantage in the final laps, extending the lead from 1.3 seconds to 1.535s on lap 10, before setting the fastest lap of the weekend on lap 11 to lead by over two seconds, with the winning margin ultimately being 2.280s seconds.

Maini nevertheless secured the second podium of his British F3 return, completing a strong showing for series debutants Hitech GP, with Prior over eight seconds behind at the chequered flag. Azman had a relatively quiet race with space in front and behind him, while Jewiss gained two places on his way to fifth place, with Skelton doing likewise as he secured sixth.

Chaimongkol and Foster also gained two spots compared to their starting positions, benefiting from Horsten's off and Peixoto's slide from sixth on the grid to ninth in the race, with the Brazilian finishing just under three tenths away from the Double R Racing driver.

Ushijima banked solid points in 10th place, his third top-10 of the weekend on his British F3 debut. Further down the order, there was late drama as Douglas Motorsport's Manaf Hijjawi crossed the line at the end of the race with front wing damage, and only just holding off Josh Mason and Benjamin Pedersen, with the trio separated by just 0.223s at the chequered flag.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Oulton Park race four provisional result:

1. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 13 laps
2. Kush Maini, Hitech GP, +2.280s
3. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +11.063s
4. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +13.557s
5. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +18.454s
6. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +18.808s
7. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +19.626s
8. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +21.021s
9. Guilherme Peixoto, Carlin, +21.317s
10. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +21.741s
11. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +23.048s
12. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +23.483s
13. Manaf Hijjawi, Douglas Motorsport, +27.086s
14. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +27.204s
15. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, +27.309s
DNF. Nico Varrone, Chris Dittmann Racing, 7 laps
DNF. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, 6 laps

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Photo credit: BRDC British F3 and British GT