Brands 1: Perfect Piquet

Nelson Piquet Jr dominated the first of today's (Sunday's) British Formula 3 races at Brands Hatch, leading comfortably from start to finish

Brands 1: Perfect Piquet

The Brazilian, driving for his father's Piquet Sports team, started from pole position, and pulled into a clear lead off the line, before simply driving away from the field. Will Davison (Menu) led the chasing pack the entire way, but Piquet was simply in a class of his own.

Danny Watts (Hitech) finished third, after spending the early laps of the race battling with Jamie Green. The Carlin ace had shot up from fifth to third at the start, but made a mistake heading into Hawthorns on lap four. This caused him to make contact with Watts, from where Green spun off into retirement.

Billy Asaro (P1 Motorsport) finished fourth, after passing Eric Salignon (Hitech) for the position on the second lap. Salignon held on to finish fifth.

Lewis Hamilton's first F3 race ended in disappointment. The Manor driver was running in seventh when he went off at Paddock on lap two. He was able to rejoin, but he had picked up a slow puncture, which ended his run at the front.

New champion Alan van der Merwe (Carlin) was forced to battle through the field after a crash in qualifying left him 17th. After making substantial progress early on, he finally finished 11th, one spot out of the points.

Ernesto Viso (P1 Motorsport) took victory in the Scholarship Class, to claim a major advantage in the three-way battle for the class crown. With Steven Kane finishing second, Viso will head into the final race with a seven-and-a-half point advantage in the championship - enough to ensure he can claim the title by finishing first or second. Karun Chandhok (T-Sport) finished third in class.

Nelson Piquet Jr Piquet Sports Dallara-Mugen
Will Davison Menu Dallara-Opel
Danny Watts Hitech Dallara-Renault
Billy Asaro P1 Dallara-Mugen
Eric Salignon Hitech Dallara-Renault
Robert Dahlgren Fortec Dallara-Renault
Andrew Thompson Hitech Dallara-Renault
Richard Antinucci Promatecme Dallara-Mugen
Ronnier Bremer Carlin Dallara-Mugen
Michael Keohane Carlin Dallara-Mugen

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