Fortec Motorsport's Johnathan Hoggard claimed his second consecutive BRDC British F3 win, with an excellent drive in the first race of the weekend at Snetterton, that included a mid-race pass on early leader and pole sitter Clement Novalak.
Novalak and Hoggard made good starts from the front row, but with Hoggard on new tyres and Novalak on used rubber, Hoggard was able to keep the pressure on the Carlin driver in the early stages. He then made a pass stick at the Wilson hairpin on lap six and then pulled away comfortably to take the win.
Douglas Motorsport's Kiern Jewiss claimed his first British F3 podium with third place, while Double R's Hampus Ericsson claimed fourth after applying late pressure on the British driver. Ayrton Simmons made a flying start to take fifth having started sixth, passing Double R's Neil Verhagen on the run down to Riches on lap one.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton race one result:
1. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, 10 laps
2. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +2.769s
3. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +4.997s
4. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +5.975s
5. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +6.806s
6. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +9.954s
7. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +11.086s
8. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +12.099s
9. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +13.637s
10. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +15.527s
11. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +18.154s
12. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +18.962s
13. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +19.710s
14. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +29.247s
15. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +29.615s
16. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +31.406s
Polesitter Lucas Petersson claimed his first BRDC British F3 win with a lights to flag victory in race two at Snetterton this morning. He took the flag over three seconds clear of near namesake Benjamin Pedersen who soared from seventh to the podium, with Neil Verhagen climbing to third from 11th on the grid.
Kaylen Frederick claimed fourth, a second and a half away from the podium, with Nazim Azman taking his best result of the year so far with fifth. Clement Novalak climbed from 15th on the grid to take sixth ahead of Double R's Hampus Ericsson, with race one winner Johnathan Hoggard eighth from 16th.
Manuel Maldonado and Pavan Ravishankar completed the top-10.
At the start, Petersson had a great getaway from the reverse grid pole, immediately building an advantage over Fortec's Kris Wright, while further behind Ayrton Simmons ran wide at Riches and dropped to the tail of the field. Pedersen, on a lap one charge had worked his way up to second, though Petersson was already leading by over two seconds.
Behind, the majority of the rest of the field was bunched up behind Wright, and heading to Riches on lap two, Josh Mason challenged Nazim Azman for position, going around the outside but running wide and hitting the barriers lightly, bringing out the safety car and wiping out Petersson's lead. With the reverse grid format meaning yesterday's podium drivers started at the back, there were strong opening laps for Johnathan Hoggard, Clement Novalak, and Kiern Jewiss, who climbed to seventh, 10th and eighth respectively from 16th, 15th and 14th respectively.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton race two result:
1. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, 10 laps
2. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +3.100s
3. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +4.726s
4. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +6.140s
5. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +7.633s
6. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +9.985s
7. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +10.343s
8. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, +12.155s
9. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +12.582s
10. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +13.548s
11. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +18.442s
12. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +20.338s
13. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +1m20.918s
14. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +1 lap
15. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +1 lap
DNF. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, 1 lap
Double R Racing's Hampus Ericsson claimed a maiden BRDC British F3 win in the final race of the weekend at Snetterton, as he capitalised on first lap drama in Norfolk that eliminated three front-runners.
Carlin's Clement Novalak finished second as he extended his championship lead and applied late pressure to Ericsson, while team mate Kaylen Frederick took third, also fending off constant pressure from Chris Dittmann Racing's Ayrton Simmons.
Manuel Maldonado claimed fifth for Fortec ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing's Nazim Azman, while Douglas Motorsport duo Ulysse De Pauw and Benjamin Pedersen claimed seventh and eighth. Lanan Racing's Josh Mason and Fortec's Kris Wright completed the top-10.
At the start, Johnathan Hoggard made a decent getaway from pole, but Ericsson, brother of ex-F1 racer Marcus, made a better one and swept past the British driver around the outside of Riches. Verhagen was also in a position to challenge and pulled alongside the Fortec driver on the run up to Wilson. Hoggard and Verhagen made contact and Verhagen was forced onto the grass, cutting up the inside of the hairpin and taking out Jewiss and Hoggard as he re-joined.
That brought out the safety car for several laps, while also promoting the remaining drivers up the order, with Novalak rising to second from fifth in the grid, and Frederick up to third from seventh.
The safety car was out for several laps as the cars were cleared, with the race only restarting on lap five.
Ericsson immediately created a gap, with a lead of just under a second at the end of lap five. He increased the gap to a fraction over a second on lap six, but from then on Novalak came back at him, reducing the margin to just under half a second.
The Swedish driver started the final lap with just eight seconds remaining, with the field just squeezing in the full race distance despite the lengthy safety car period, with Ericsson's winning margin ultimately being 0.672s, with Novalak unable to force a way past on the last lap.
Frederick in third had a race long battle from Simmons to contend with, the duo separated by just a few car lengths in the laps after the restart, and the top four covered by less than two seconds at the chequered flag.
Maldonado and Azman held their positions throughout the race, while there was a five second gap to De Pauw, who climbed from 11th on the grid to take seventh, with a similar gap back to Pedersen in eighth.
Lanan's Mason recovered from a first lap excursion and nose change to claim a top-10 result in ninth ahead of Fortec's Wright, who claimed his maiden British F3 top-10.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton race three amended result:
1. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, 10 laps
2. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +0.672s
3. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +1.545s
4. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.952s
5. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +6.300s
6. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +7.906s
7. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +13.215s
8. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +17.983s
9. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +24.908s
10. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +26.335s
Photo credit: BRDC British F3 and British GT