NURBURGRING 3 JULY 2011: Championship leader Felipe Nasr sealed another successful Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series weekend with a win – his fifth of the year – in the final Nürburgring race this afternoon.
What made it all the more pleasing for the Brazilian was that the win was something of a gift: pole position man Kevin Magnussen had the legs of him throughout, only for an engine misfire to set in and hobble his pace within three laps of the chequered flag. Magnussen, who won on Saturday, watched helplessly as his Carlin team-mate Nasr swept past. The Dane’s post-race fury was clear.
Nasr, however, was all smiles after the victory podium: “I don’t know what happened to Kevin, he just slowed suddenly in the middle sector… Sometimes wins just come unexpectedly. We were pretty strong all weekend. This is a bit of pay-back because at Snetterton I was unlucky because I started from pole twice and didn’t get any wins.”
With the championship at the half-way stage, Nasr’s points lead has now stretched to 75 points, but he promises there will be no let-up in his campaign: “We have to still be looking for victories and the team and I will just keep pushing.”
Another Carlin man, Colombian Carlos Huertas, made a strong start to the race despite being handed a three-place grid penalty following a collision in this morning’s race. Undeterred, Carlos blasted through to third on the opening lap and was promoted to second by Magnussen’s dramas.
However, an opportunistic and contact-free last-lap pass by Hitech’s Portuguese signing Antonio Felix da Costa denied Huertas second. “He made an aggressive move on me,” said an unhappy Huertas. “It was the last lap of the race and I wanted to avoid contact, particularly after being penalised before the start.” Ironically, da Costa was another to be handed a grid penalty: he was also moved back three slots after his race-two clash with Will Buller.
Magnussen coaxed his car home fifth, just behind the Fortec machine of Lucas Foresti, which was the leading Mercedes-powered finisher.
Rupert Svendsen-Cook placed sixth for Carlin, ahead of Fortec’s Buller, Hitech man Pietro Fantin, Harry Tincknell for Fortec and Pedro Nunes in another Hitech car. There were several scrapes and incidents up and down the field, the most dramatic of which was a major excursion into the gravel at Ford curve for T-Sport’s Menasheh Idafar. Retrieval of his car necessitated a two-lap safety car period.
Bart Hylkema led Kotaro Sakurai throughout to claim yet another Rookie class victory for T-Sport. If the result was ever in doubt, it was settled by a late-race drive-through penalty for the Japanese for not respecting track limits. Dutch driver Hylkema’s efforts were further rewarded by the presentation of the Sunoco Driver of the Weekend award.
British Formula 3 enjoys the headlining support of Cooper Tires and is additionally backed by Sunoco Racing Fuels, Anglo American Oil Company and OAMPS.
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Round 15, Nürburgring 3/7/2011
20 laps / 63.98 miles
Provisional results Championship class
1 Felipe NASR / BRA, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 40m 45.907s / 94.16mph
2 Antonio Felix da COSTA / POR, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +6.964s
3 Carlos HUERTAS / COL, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +7.576s
4 Lucas FORESTI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +9.974s
5 Kevin MAGNUSSEN / DEN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +16.152s
6 Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +16.779s
7 William BULLER /GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +17.867s
8 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +18.772s
9 Harry TINCKNELL / GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +20.939s
10 Pedro NUNES / BRA, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +21.387s etc
1 Bart HYLKEMA / NED, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda +37.684s
2 Kotaro SAKURAI / JPN, Hitech Dallara-Mugen Honda +1m 09.544s
Fastest lap Magnussen 1m 55.818s / 99.44mph
Full timesheets http://bit.ly/mvDuGy
Provisional championship standings
1 Nasr 196 points; 2 Foresti 121; 3 Jazeman Jaafar 110; 4 Huertas 107; 5 Magnussen 96; 6 Svendsen-Cook 79; 7 Buller 75; 8 Tincknell 63; 9 Fantin 58; 10 Riki Christodoulou 51 etc
1 Hylkema 214; 2 Sakurai 159.Article Written By Admin on 3rd Jul 2011