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FIA F3 Silverstone

F3 Silverstone: Goethe takes maiden series win in safety car interrupted race

Oliver Goethe took his maiden Formula 3 win in Sunday’s feature race at Silverstone, leading a Trident 1-2 from team-mate Leonardo Fornaroli.

Podium: second place, Oliver Goethe, Trident

The reigning Euroformula Open champion lined up second behind his Italian team-mate before taking the lead on lap 15 after Fornaroli began to struggle with his tyres.

Despite a second safety car and late rain, Goethe held on for his maiden series victory, with Fornaroli second and Pepe Marti in third for Campos.

Fornaroli led off the line, with Marti taking second from Goethe on the first lap as the pack tussled at Luffield.

Paul Aron (Prema) took fourth from Christian Mansell as ahead, Goethe reclaimed second at Stowe.

The first safety car came at the end of the first lap as several drivers tangled, with Luke Browning (Hitech) stopping on the Hamilton Straight after being nudged off by Campos driver Hugh Barter.

Caio Collet (Van Amersfoort Racing) also had contact with MP Motorsport driver Jonny Edgar, forcing both into the pits with damage.

There was confusion over who ran third between Marti and Aron, with both drivers claiming they should have the place, though Marti held position.

Racing resumed on lap seven before the yellow flags were thrown as Zak O’Sullivan stopped in his Prema-run car at Luffield, having been pushed wide by Kaylen Frederick (ART) before spinning, though he managed to get going again before pitting.

Dino Beganovic, who started last for Prema after his engine blew during qualifying, was up to 17th by lap nine.

Marti began losing time to the leading pair before Goethe took the lead on lap 15, with better pace than his team-mate, while Aron attempted a move on Marti at Stowe but fell back.

Rain began to fall on lap 17 as dark clouds loomed, but Goethe had managed to build a 1.5s gap ahead to Fornaroli, with a further 0.5s back to Marti.

The safety car was then deployed for a second time as Roberto Faria ended up in the barrier at Luffield in his PHM-run car after contact with Tommy Smith (VAR).

Racing resumed with two laps remaining, but Goethe maintained his lead to cross the line 1.7s ahead of Fornaroli.

With Marti completing the podium Aron finished fourth, with Saturday podium finisher Mansell (Campos) in fifth and championship leader Gabriel Bortoleto (Trident) in sixth.

Hitech driver Gabriele Mini crossed the line seventh, with sprint race winner Franco Colapinto in eighth. Collet and Gregoire Saucy (ART) rounded off the top 10.

F3 resumes in Budapest from 21-23 July.

F3 Silverstone - Feature race results

Cla Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Oliver Goethe Italy Trident 22  
2 Leonardo Fornaroli Italy Trident 22 1.720
3 Pepe Martí Spain Campos Racing 22 2.128
4 Paul Aron Italy Prema Powerteam 22 4.384
5 Christian Mansell Spain Campos Racing 22 5.968
6 Gabriel Bortoleto Italy Trident 22 7.334
7 Gabriele Minì Hitech Pulse-Eight 22 7.997
8 Argentina Franco Colapinto Netherlands MP Motorsport 22 8.529
9 Brazil Caio Collet Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 22 9.680
10 Switzerland Gregoire Saucy France ART Grand Prix 22 10.018
11 Tommy Smith Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 22 10.192
12 Colombia Sebastian Montoya Hitech Pulse-Eight 22 11.758
13 Nikola Tsolov France ART Grand Prix 22 12.148
14 Mari Boya Netherlands MP Motorsport 22 12.700
15 Hugh Barter Spain Campos Racing 22 13.169
16 Dino Beganovic Italy Prema Powerteam 22 14.075
17 Mexico Rafael Villagomez Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 22 14.767
18 Nikita Bedrin Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 22 15.496
19 United Kingdom Zak O'Sullivan Italy Prema Powerteam 22 15.808
20 United States Kaylen Frederick France ART Grand Prix 22 16.481
21 Oliver Gray Rodin Carlin 22 18.067
22 Taylor Barnard Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 22 18.914
23 McKenzy Cresswell PHM Racing by Charouz 22 20.308
24 Germany Sophia Flörsch PHM Racing by Charouz 22 20.723
25 Israel Ido Cohen Rodin Carlin 22 22.913
26 Alex Garcia Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 22 26.901
  Roberto Faria PHM Racing by Charouz 16  
  Max Esterson Rodin Carlin 14  
  United Kingdom Jonny Edgar Netherlands MP Motorsport 11  
  Luke Browning Hitech Pulse-Eight 1  

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