Flawless Frederick secures British F3 title with ninth win of the season

Carlin's Kaylen Frederick led from lights to flag to claim his ninth win of the year in the final race of the weekend at Silverstone, and secured the BRDC British F3 Championship title in the process. Frederick entered the race needing only to finish to wrap up the title, but did it in style with another dominant victory.

Frederick becomes the first American driver to win the British F3 title, and he finished over four seconds clear of Fortec Motorsports' Roberto Faria who secured his first ever podium with second place ahead of JHR Developments' Ayrton Simmons. Kush Maini needed to win the race with Frederick failing to finish, but the Indian could only manage sixth place after being overtaken late on by Hillspeed duo Oliver Clarke and Sasakorn Chaimongkol, who finished fourth and fifth, with Maini settling for sixth.

Chris Dittmann Racing's Josh Skelton completed his season with seventh place ahead of Hitech's Reece Ushijima, with Fortec debutant Jonny Wilkinson claiming a top-10 finish on his first weekend, with JHR's Carter Williams the final driver inside the top-10.

As has been the case for most of the season, a good start from pole position meant that Frederick led the field almost untroubled around the opening lap. Faria and Simmons found their way past Maini, who dropped from second to fourth by the end of the opening tour.

Frederick then pulled away, again as he's done so often in 2020, enjoying a lead of over three seconds by the mid race point, a gap he extended to 4.121 seconds at the flag as he clinched his ninth victory from the 24 races, and secure a clear title success.

Maini down in fourth again found himself staring at the back of the JHR car of Ayrton Simmons, but rather than challenge the British driver, he found himself looking in his mirrors as the Hillspeed pair closed on him. Clarke, having been eighth on lap one, was up to fifth by lap seven, and blasted past Maini on lap eight with Chaimongkol following suit, and adding salt into Maini's wounds.

That pretty much guaranteed Frederick the title, with the American finishing over 50 points clear in the provisional championship standings. Maini nevertheless claimed second overall, one better than in 2018 when he was third.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Silverstone race three provisional result:

1. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 10 laps
2. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +4.121s
3. Ayrton Simmons, JHR Developments, +8.660s
4. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +9.932s
5. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +11.435s
6. Kush Maini, Hitech GP, +14.600s
7. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +15.562s
8. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +20.135s
9. Jonny Wilkinson, Fortec Motorsports, +22.404s
10. Carter Williams, JHR Developments, +23.129s
11. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +23.687s
12. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +24.851s
13. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +27.091s
14. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, +27.617s
15. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +28.117s
16. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +39.192s
17. Manaf Hijjawi, Douglas Motorsport, +1m33.117s
DNF. Max Marzorati, Chris Dittmann Racing, 1 lap completed
DNF. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, 1 lap completed


Photo credit: BRDC British F3 and British GT