Christodoulou wins Oulton race two

Riki Christodoulou led team-mate Pietro Fantin home for a Hitech one-two in British Formula 3's reversed grid race at Oulton Park this morning

Christodoulou wins Oulton race two

Christodoulou started second, but swept into the lead as poleman Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) bogged down off the line and tumbled down the order.

A sharp move to cover the inside line into Old Hall laid the foundations for Christodoulou's second win in the category. He controlled the race from the front and scored victory by 2.4 seconds.

"It was really good - the car felt mega," said Christodoulou, who has returned to British F3 this season after a year out. "We're moving forwards each time and I'm looking forward to the next race."

Fantin made a fast start from fourth on the grid and attempted to go round the outside of his team-mate after getting blocked on the inside on the run to Old Hall. But Christodoulou defended successfully and Fantin sensibly slotted into a runner-up spot that he held to flag.

He shadowed his team-mate to the tune of 1.5s for most of the 13 laps and pushed to get two bonus points for the fastest lap, which he achieved on the ninth tour.

"This is much more than I expected from my second race [meeting] of the season," said Fantin. "It's very satisfying for me and the team did a great job. I was looking for a good lap to get the fastest lap and I got it."

Fortec rookie Harry Tincknell completed a lonely run to third - well adrift of the top two, but comfortably clear of Carlin trio Jazeman Jaafar, Felipe Nasr and Carlos Huertas, and Fortec team-mate Lucas Foresti.

"It's only my second round in F3 so I'm really happy to be on the podium," said Tincknell. "I didn't get the best of starts and as the race went on I started to make a few mistakes, so I had to slow myself down a little to get it to the end."

Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin), Scott Pye (Double R) and Jack Harvey (Carlin) took the rest of the points by completing the top 10, while poleman Magnussen trailed home 18th after also driving through the pitlane with three laps to run.

Results - 13 laps:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car                    Time/Gap
 1.  Riki Christodoulou    Hitech Dallara-VW         19m27.635s
 2.  Pietro Fantin         Hitech Dallara-VW           + 2.403s
 3.  Harry Tincknell       Fortec Dallara-Merc         + 9.135s
 4.  Jazeman Jaafar        Carlin Dallara-VW          + 10.449s
 5.  Felipe Nasr           Carlin Dallara-VW          + 11.316s
 6.  Carlos Huertas        Carlin Dallara-VW          + 12.589s
 7.  Lucas Foresti         Fortec Dallara-Merc        + 13.172s
 8.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook  Carlin Dallara-VW          + 17.690s
 9.  Scott Pye             Double R Dallara-Merc      + 18.370s
10.  Jack Harvey           Carlin Dallara-VW          + 21.904s
11.  Hywel Lloyd           Sino Vision Dallara-Merc   + 23.114s
12.  Yann Cunha            T-Sport Dallara-VW         + 24.163s
13.  William Buller        Fortec Dallara-Merc        + 25.429s
14.  Pipo Derani           Double R Dallara-Merc      + 25.870s
15.  Fahmi Ilyas           Fortec Dallara-Merc        + 30.633s
16.  Adderly Fong          Sino Vision Dallara-Merc   + 31.223s
17.  Bart Hylkema          T-Sport Dallara-Mugen      + 41.949s
18.  Kevin Magnussen       Carlin Dallara-VW          + 51.320s

Retirements:

     Kotaro Sakurai        Hitech Dallara-Mugen         11 laps
     Menasheh Idafar       T-Sport Dallara-VW            0 laps
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