10 JUNE 2012: Jack Harvey more than set to rights his Rockingham weekend this afternoon, putting in a virtuoso performance in the 11th round of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series to win by a 22-second margin. Yesterday Jack burnt his clutch on the line and threw away his pole position advantage; today there were no errors from the Lincolnshire driver.
Harvey’s win in the Racing Steps Foundation Carlin Dallara was his second of the season and promotes him to second in the championship standings, 13 points behind his team-mate and Saturday victor Jazeman Jaafar. Jack’s victory also meant a clean sweep at Rockingham for Carlin, following Jaafar’s round nine win and Harry Tincknell’s 10th round triumph.
As is always the case at Rockingham, the start was crucial and Harvey nailed it, followed away from P2 by Fortec’s Alex Lynn and Carlos Sainz, who jumped Jaafar off the line. The only blip for Harvey came towards the end of that lap when the Safety Car made a brief appearance following a collision between some midfielders. It was on track for a lap only and Harvey handled the restart perfectly and sped into the distance.
By lap 10 jumping Jack was seven seconds clear of Lynn, and by lap 20 the gap was 14 seconds. Harvey did not slacken the pace, however, and by the end was still circulating close to his lap record-breaking pace of the seventh lap.
“That definitely made up for yesterday,” said Harvey. “I made a good start, dealt with the safety car, and the winning margin was not too shabby…” His team boss Trevor Carlin was fulsome in his praise: “That race was phenomenal – a really proper Formula 3 performance, how a driver should do it. Jack showed everyone up today.”
Alex Lynn was pleased enough with another second: “Jack was very quick today. He had a bad run yesterday so he was out to make up for it. Second is good, and I’m happy with the points.”
Sainz’s third place was some compensation for a difficult weekend for the Spanish former championship leader. “It makes up for things a little,” he said. “I got a good start and tried to push as hard as I could with the tyres that I had…”
Jaafar, Hannes van Asseldonk and Felix Serralles ran in line astern throughout for fourth, fifth and sixth places, with Pipo Derani pinching seventh from Fahmi Ilyas early on. Pietro Fantin and Nick McBride completed the top 10.
The first-lap fracas at Yentwood corner which brought out the safety car accounted for two cars, those of Tincknell and Spike Goddard, both of whom retired to the pits. Geoff Uhrhane suffered damage also but continued after attention in the pits from the Double R technicians.
With Goddard out of the running, Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee enjoyed a trouble-free run to his fourth National Class win of the season, narrowing the points gap between himself and Spike to just 16 points in the process.
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Round 11, Rockingham 10/06/2012
30 laps / 61.55 miles
Provisional results International class
1 Jack HARVEY / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 40m 11.308s / 91.89mph
2 Alex LYNN / GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +22.240s
3 Carlos SAINZ / ESP, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +25.408s
4 Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +28.957s
5 Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +29.559s
6 Felix SERRALLES / PUR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +31.728s
7 Pipo DERANI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +59.038s
8 Fahmi ILYAS / MAS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes +1m 02.842s
9 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +1m 04.453s
10 Nick McBRIDE / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +1m 05.654s
11 Geoff UHRHANE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes 28 laps
1 Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda 29 laps
Did not finish
Harry TINCKNELL / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1 lap
Spike GODDARD / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda 1 lap
Fastest lap Harvey 1m 18.627s / 93.94mph Rec
Provisional championship standings
1 Jaafar 137 points; 2 Harvey 124; 3 Sainz 117; 4 Serralles 101; 5 Lynn 98; 6= Tincknell & Fantin 72; 8 Derani 70; 9 van Asseldonk 52; 10 McBride 30 etc
National class: 1 Goddard 176; 2 Padayachee 160.
Next rounds Brands Hatch 23-24/06/2012
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