Donington British F3: Jack Harvey claims title with victory

Jack Harvey is the British Formula 3 champion after leading the Donington Park finale almost from start to finish

Donington British F3: Jack Harvey claims title with victory

Harvey soaked up massive pressure from Alex Lynn, who launched down the inside in a tyre-smoking move into the Melbourne hairpin on the 11th lap of 28.

But Lynn ran wide, giving Harvey's Dallara-Volkswagen back the lead.

Harvey did not appear to have the pace of the pursuing Lynn, but did enough to hold off his fellow Englishman on a circuit where it is difficult to pass.

He becomes the fifth driver in a row to win the British F3 title with the Carlin team and beat team-mate Jazeman Jaafar to the crown by 13 points.

"I wasn't very fast but I was pushing as hard as I can," said Harvey. "Alex was noticeably good on the brakes but I did trust him."

Lynn's Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes in turn came under pressure from Jaafar, who attacked at Redgate with six laps remaining but faded as spots of rain made the track slippery.

That bunched up the following pack. Jaafar's Carlin team-mate Pietro Fantin tried to pass him, but lost momentum in the move and lost out to the sister Carlin car of Harry Tincknell, who completed an ultra-brave move on the Craner Curves to take fourth.

Fantin then ran wide at the Old Hairpin and, as he rejoined the track, the other major title contender - Felix Serralles - spun his Fortec car in avoidance. Serralles had already lost time earlier in the race when he ran wide at Coppice.

Fortec runner Pipo Derani snuck through as Fantin ran off the road to take fifth, with another Fortec car - that of Hannes van Asseldonk - taking seventh ahead of Serralles. The Puerto Rican therefore finished the season 20 points adrift of Harvey, but as top rookie.

Comeback king Hywel Lloyd made it a hat-trick of National Class wins, although the CF Racing man was caught by Pedro Pablo Calbimonte in the closing laps.

Results - 28 laps:

Pos  Driver                  Team/Car                        Time/Gap
 1.  Jack Harvey             Carlin Dallara-VW             39m29.398s
 2.  Alex Lynn               Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 0.682s
 3.  Jazeman Jaafar          Carlin Dallara-VW               + 4.712s
 4.  Harry Tincknell         Carlin Dallara-VW               + 5.889s
 5.  Pipo Derani             Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 6.894s
 6.  Pietro Fantin           Carlin Dallara-VW               + 7.506s
 7.  Hannes van Asseldonk    Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 8.135s
 8.  Felix Serralles         Fortec Dallara-Merc            + 14.086s
 9.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook    Double R Dallara-Merc          + 15.476s
10.  Nick McBride            T-Sport Dallara-Nissan         + 15.947s
11.  Geoff Uhrhane           Double R Dallara-Mugen-Merc    + 16.382s
12.  Hywel Lloyd             CF Dallara-Mugen*            + 1m05.612s
13.  Pedro Pablo Calbimonte  T-Sport Dallara-Mugen*       + 1m06.410s
14.  Duvashen Padayachee     Double R Dallara-Mugen*      + 1m23.355s
15.  Spike Goddard           T-Sport Dallara-Mugen*       + 1m24.613s

* National Class
shares
comments
Donington British F3: Harry Tincknell wins, Jack Harvey into points lead
Previous article

Donington British F3: Harry Tincknell wins, Jack Harvey into points lead

Next article

Koiranen Motorsport replaces Ocean Racing on GP3 grid from 2013

Koiranen Motorsport replaces Ocean Racing on GP3 grid from 2013
What racing in Australia means for the future of F1's junior series Plus

What racing in Australia means for the future of F1's junior series

The announcement that FIA Formula 2 and 3 would race alongside the Australian Grand Prix from 2023 came as a surprise, not only to fans but to the series’ teams too. But with Formula 1’s boom in popularity bringing more fans to the championships, team principals are relishing the opportunity

FIA F2
Jun 28, 2022
Why the Formula 3 benchmark's 2022 season hinges on qualifying Plus

Why the Formula 3 benchmark's 2022 season hinges on qualifying

Prema Racing has long dominated FIA Formula 3, taking the teams’ title in two of the past three seasons. But its start to 2022 has been trickier than usual, and the answers lie in its qualifying performance

FIA F3
May 27, 2022
How the ultra-tight F3 title fight is taking shape Plus

How the ultra-tight F3 title fight is taking shape

With just five points separating the top five after two rounds, FIA Formula 3 looks set for another thrilling season in 2022. But who stands the best chance of pulling away from that pack, and who are the contenders bubbling under?

FIA F3
May 3, 2022
The F3 newcomer making good on his unusual career path Plus

The F3 newcomer making good on his unusual career path

Joining the FIA Formula 3 grid as a rookie with a team new to the series could prove daunting for most, but then there aren't many drivers who have the extensive experience Franco Colapinto brings from his time racing sportscars. The Argentinian explains how his LMP2 experience is already helping him in 2022

FIA F3
Mar 27, 2022
The British trio hunting for F3 title glory Plus

The British trio hunting for F3 title glory

The 2022 FIA Formula 3 season kicks off this weekend in Bahrain. British trio Zak O’Sullivan, Ollie Bearman and Jonny Edgar have all become proteges of Formula 1 teams, and are talents to watch this year

FIA F3
Mar 18, 2022
How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors Plus

How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors

His career has been a slowburner but Gregoire Saucy trounced a collection of F1 juniors in Formula Regional by Alpine last year, and now he’s preparing to do it again in FIA F3. Here’s how the Swiss caught the world by surprise in 2021 and how he plans to do it all over again

Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021

With a veritable feast of feeder series talent in 2021, FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 produced some of its most exciting racing yet. Although Prema Racing drivers once again dominated the respective series, drivers from other teams also stole the limelight to mark themselves out as stars of the future, or validate their highly-regarded standing

FIA F2
Dec 22, 2021
How Prema continued its dominance of F1's junior ladder in 2021 Plus

How Prema continued its dominance of F1's junior ladder in 2021

Taking three of the four titles and producing two outstanding champions in the process, Prema Racing remained the team to beat in Formula 1's feeder series in 2021. Team boss Rene Rosin reveals the traits that helped Dennis Hauger and Oscar Piastri to come out on top in Formula 3 and Formula 2

FIA F2
Dec 20, 2021