24 JUNE 2012: Jack Harvey put clear air between himself and his Carlin team-mate Jazeman Jaafar this afternoon at Brands Hatch to win round 14 of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, and narrow the points gap between himself and the championship leader to just seven.
It was Harvey’s second win of the weekend and his fourth victory of the season. Just like Saturday’s triumph, it was a pole position to chequered flag affair, but rather than the half-second margin he had over Jaafar in round 12, this time his advantage was 9.5s.
“It’s been a good weekend,” said the Lincolnshire 19-year-old. “Two poles and two wins! I’ve had two poles before this season and not made the most of them, so it’s good to do as well as we thought we could. The team have done a great job for me.
“I don’t feel as if anything has ‘clicked’ as such – I have always felt that results like this were possible. It’s just a combination of working hard to get the best from our car and driving well. This weekend we maybe had the edge over Jazeman a bit, and we need to maintain that.”
Jaafar was pleased with his result also: “Jack and I both made good starts. That was my only real opportunity to get ahead and I lost that battle. Jack drove brilliantly and his race pace was really good, and that’s something we need to look at and work on. But all in all it was not a bad race, I scored good points and I am quite pleased.”
There was drama on the opening lap as the cars of Carlos Sainz and Pipo Derani touched wheels into Paddock Hill Bend; both ended their races in the gravel trap, with Felix Serralles managing just to avoid the drama with a quick skitter through the gravel. The incident brought the safety car on track for two laps.
Thereafter there were no major moves inside the top 10, although Harry Tincknell was pleased to see the chequered flag and collect third place. “My throttle was sticking,” said the Devonian. “It made it all a bit too exciting.” Fortec’s Alex Lynn closed to within half a second of Tincknell by the end but had to settle for fourth.
Pietro Fantin brought his Carlin car home for fifth ahead of Nick McBride, sixth the Australian’s best feature race result of the season for the T-Sport team. Hannes van Asseldonk claimed seventh ahead of Geoff Uhrhane, with Serralles, who lost time with a pit call after his lap one off, snatching ninth from Fahmi Ilyas right on the line. Ilyas had been comfortably ahead of the Puerto Rican until a penultimate lap error at Clearways.
Adderly Fong completed a hat-trick of National class victories for the returning CF Racing team, leading the class throughout. He came under pressure from T-Sport’s Spike Goddard at mid-distance, but the Australian went off at Westfield eight laps from home, handing class second to Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee.
“We expected to be up there,” said Chinese driver Fong, who last raced an F3 car in 2011. “It took a little time to get back used to the car but we’ve been improving it all weekend and everything has gone according to plan.” Fong intends to do further rounds of the championship later in the season.
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Round 14, Brands Hatch Grand Prix 23/06/2012
30 laps / 73.00 miles
Provisional results International class
1 Jack HARVEY / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 40m 32.384s / 108.04mph
2 Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +9.574s
3 Harry TINCKNELL / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +19.246s
4 Alex LYNN / GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +19.806s
5 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +30.700s
6 Nick McBRIDE / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +40.541s
7 Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +41.400s
8 Geoff UHRHANE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes +51.096s
9 Felix SERRALLES / PUR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +1m 02.228s
10 Fahmi ILYAS / MAS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes +1m 02.261s
1 Adderly FONG / CHI, CF Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda +1m 15.091s
2 Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda 29 laps
Did not finish
Spike GODDARD / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda 22 laps
Carlos SAINZ / ESP, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 0 laps
Pipo DERANI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 0 laps
Fastest lap Harvey 1m 18.641s / 111.39mph
Full timesheets http://bit.ly/LGmwVh
Provisional championship standings
1 Jaafar 174 points; 2 Harvey 167; 3 Sainz 137; 4 Serralles 124; 5 Lynn 123; 6 Fantin 95; 7 Tincknell 93; 8 Derani 92; 9 van Asseldonk 57; 10 McBride 44 etc
National class: 1 Goddard 207; 2 Padayachee 187; 3 Fong 62.
Article Written By Admin on 24th Jun 2012