Brands British F3: Jazeman Jaafar wins as title fight hots up

Jazeman Jaafar scored his second win of the British Formula 3 International Series weekend at Brands Hatch after another drive under pressure from Jordan King

Brands British F3: Jazeman Jaafar wins as title fight hots up

Malaysian Jaafar appeared to be sailing to victory early on, but King knuckled down and closed the gap to 0.7 seconds.

When Jaafar was delayed by backmarker Chris Vlok with a few laps remaining, King literally pushed his Carlin team-mate down the Brabham Straight.

But that was as close as it got, and Jaafar built a big lead in the closing stages, with King - who earned the point for fastest lap - in second place and slowing down with steering damage, which he thinks was caused by riding a kerb too hard.

Talking of the backmarkers and tap from King, Jaafar said: "There were no flags to be honest until we got onto the straight. I think Jordan had nowhere to go.

"I had fresher tyres at the start but they started to drop off and he capitalised. His race pace was impressive throughout."

Behind them, Nicholas Latifi completed a Carlin wipe-out of the podium in a lonely race for the Canadian.

There was action behind in the opening stages, as pre-race points leader Will Buller, title rival Antonio Giovinazzi and Felipe Guimaraes battled for fourth.

A rather optimistic move by Giovinazzi into Graham Hill Bend on the second lap put both the Italian and Buller off the track.

While Buller rejoined after a pitstop, Giovinazzi was out on the spot and King has now moved to the top of the points table with one round remaining at the Nurburgring.

NEWS UPDATE: Buller and Latifi's race two penalties rescinded

That collision promoted Jann Mardenborough, who got elbowed down the order on the opening lap, and the Welshman set about catching Guimaraes, but he could not breach the Brazilian's defences.

Sean Gelael completed the leading six, comfortably ahead of Tatiana Calderon, Li Zhi Cong and the delayed Buller.

The National Class battle featured a clash at Druids early on between leader Sun Zheng, who went airborne, and Ed Jones.

Zheng was out, while the delayed Jones had to catch and repass Vlok before driving to his second class success of the weekend.

Results - 23 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW 30m53.310s 2. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +5.477s 3. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW +7.464s 4. Felipe Guimaraes Fortec Dallara-Merc +25.431s 5. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW +25.814s 6. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc +36.558s 7. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc +51.142s 8. Ed Jones West-Tec Dallara-Toyota +1m08.268s* 9. Cameron Twynham West-Tec Dallara-Toyota +1 lap* 10. Peter Zhi Cong Li Carlin Dallara-VW +1 lap 11. Chris Vlok West-Tec Dallara-Toyota +1 lap* 12. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc +1 lap Retirements: Sun Zheng CF Dallara-Mugen 2 laps* Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 1 lap * National Class 
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