Fast starting Frederick claims flawless fifth win of 2020

Carlin's Kaylen Frederick claimed his fifth win of the season with a flawless performance in a wet opening race at Snetterton. He finished over three seconds clear of Double R Racing's Louis Foster, with Frederick's teammate Nazim Azman third.

Hillspeed's Oliver Clarke claimed fourth having started seventh, while Douglas Motorsport's Ulysse De Pauw climbed from ninth on the grid to secure fifth. He was followed home by Jordanian teammate Manaf Hijjawi, with Chris Dittmann Racing's Josh Skelton seventh.

Lanan's Bart Horsten surged from 18th on the grid to take eighth place, ahead of Hitech GP's Reece Ushijima and Hillspeed's Sasakorn Chaimongkol, who recovered from a lap one drama to claim the final spot in the top-10.

At the start, pole man Foster was slow away, allowing Frederick to charge into the lead on the way down to Riches, while behind them, a slow starting Benjamin Pedersen from third on the grid was collected by Josh Mason, with both retiring from the race.

Frederick led by 1.2 seconds at the end of lap one, a position he maintained at the end of lap two. Frederick then began to pull away, establishing a lead of over two seconds next time around, and had the gap up to almost five seconds at the end of lap six.

With the win in the bag, Frederick was able to ease off slightly, with Foster clawing the gap back to just over three seconds at the chequered flag.

The lead duo finished 12 seconds clear of Azman, who operated in clear air throughout, though had to absorb a bit of pressure from local man Clarke towards the end, while De Pauw gained positions throughout the race, having been seventh at the end of lap one, sixth on lap two and fifth on lap four. He closed down a gap of over three seconds to just under a second at the flag.

Hijjawi was five seconds further back after passing Skelton on lap four, with Horsten just a couple of seconds further back after his charge from the back.

Ushijima in ninth was 1.5 seconds clear of Chaimongkol, while championship leader Kush Maini endured his most difficult race of the year. The Indian driver ran in eighth place for the majority of the contest, but a spill at Williams on the penultimate lap dropped him to 11th.

Fortec's Roberto Faria claimed 12th ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing's Alex Fores, with Piers Prior (Lanan) recovering to 14th after pitting at the end of lap one. JHR duo Carter Williams and Max Marzorati were the final finishers.

The second race of the weekend, the reverse grid affair, starts at 17.05, with Prior set to start from pole, as Williams and Marzorati were not inside the 103% of the race fastest lap to benefit from the reverse.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton race one provisional result:

1. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 10 laps
2. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +3.125s
3. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +15.281s
4. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +17.166s
5. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +18.124s
6. Manaf Hijjawi, Douglas Motorsport, +23.351s
7. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +35.776s
8. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, +38.250s
9. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +52.249s
10. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +53.720s
11. Kush Maini, Hitech GP, +54.158s
12. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +1m16.901s
13. Alex Fores, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1m25.715s
14. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +1m36.468s
15. Carter Williams, JHR Developments, +1m48.186s
16. Max Marzorati, JHR Developments, +2m03.613s
DNF. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, 0 laps
DNF. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, 0 laps


Photo credit: BRDC British F3 and British GT