Daniel Juncadella wins frantic Norising Formula 3 race as Pietro Fantin tops British brigade

Daniel Juncadella won a frantic, red-flagged Formula 3 race on the Norising street circuit that was packed full of incident

Daniel Juncadella wins frantic Norising Formula 3 race as Pietro Fantin tops British brigade

The Spaniard got the best start from the second row of the grid and dived inside polesitting Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes team-mate Raffaele Marciello to take the lead at the first corner. Marciello ran wide and was elbowed down to fifth.

Juncadella held off a mid-race challenge from Pascal Wehrlein before eking out a small gap again, but slipped up when he outbraked himself at the final turn, losing the lead to the Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes.

After trailing Wehrlein for five laps, Juncadella lunged down the inside into the hairpin, punting the unfortunate German wide and damaging his left-rear corner. Marciello, who had recovered to third, then got a run on Juncadella out of the turn, but the two made contact and the Italian crashed at the exit of the followed S-bend.

That promoted William Buller to second, and the Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen man may be elevated to victory depending on the result of enquiries into Juncadella's incidents.

Whatever happens, Carlin already has a victory, as Brazilian Pietro Fantin topped the British F3 field, chasing Emil Bernstorff's Ma-Con Motorsport car throughout and taking fourth overall. Behind him, Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport) kept Fantin in sight throughout but never got close enough to challenge.

Harry Tincknell, whose Carlin Dallara sported a brave rear-wing set-up with only a lower plane, completed the top three from British F3.

There was chaos among the other British F3 runners. Jack Harvey locked up at the first turn and punted Carlin team-mate Jazeman Jaafar into Fortec's Alex Lynn. While Jaafar and Lynn rejoined a lap down after pitstops, Harvey was given a drive-through penalty. Carlos Sainz Jr also crashed on the first lap after going off-line at the S-bend while battling with Michael Lewis.

Meanwhile, Pipo Derani (Fortec) was hit out of the race by Prema driver Lewis a few laps into the action, while Derani's team-mate Hannes van Asseldonk spent most of the race with his rear wing hanging off after being hit by Seralles at the first corner.

All this promoted Australians Geoff Uhrhane (Double R Racing) and Nick McBride (T-Sport) to fourth and fifth positions in the British F3 classification, the duo running in a frantic midfield fight for most of the race.

Results - 42 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 37m11.584s 2. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW + 1.854s 3. Emil Bernstorff Ma-Con Dallara-VW + 2.963s 4. Pietro Fantin Carlin Dallara-VW + 3.574s 5. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc + 4.868s 6. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc + 6.152s 7. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc + 13.241s 8. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW + 13.671s 9. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc + 13.949s 10. Tom Blomqvist Ma-Con Dallara-VW + 14.538s 11. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc + 20.855s 12. Geoff Uhrhane Double R Dallara-Merc + 21.832s 13. Nick McBride T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 22.399s 14. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW + 22.637s 15. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc + 23.242s 16. Andrea Roda Zeller Dallara-Merc + 1 lap 17. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Mugen + 1 lap 18. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 1 lap 19. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1 lap 20. Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1 lap 21. Duvashen Padayachee Double R Dallara-Mugen + 2 laps Retirements: Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 39 laps Philip Ellis GU Dallara-Merc 17 laps Fahmi Ilyas Double R Dallara-Merc 7 laps Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc 7 laps Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 6 laps Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1 lap Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 0 laps 
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