Kiesa takes first F3 win

Nicolas Kiesa took his first Formula Three race victory in the second of this weekend's two Donington Park races, finishing 4s clear of returnee Andrew Kirkaldy

Kiesa takes first F3 win

It was a hard fought victory for the polesitter, beaten away at the lights by both Kirkaldy and Takuma Sato, whose lightning getaway from fifth position would soon earn the Japanese driver a stop-go penalty for jumping the start.

When he pitted, Kiesa moved up to second and from there he wasted no time in passing Kirkaldy with a sweet move around the outside at Redgate corner.

Kirkaldy hung on to take second place, compensation for race one where a collision with Gianmaria Bruni meant he finished out of the points despite starting on the front row.

Series leader Antonio Pizzonia was third, increasing his points advantage over title rival Tomas Scheckter, who could only manage sixth position.

Gary Paffett again won the Scholarship Class to secure the class title and the 125,000 pound prize fund earmarked for any British winner of the category. He has been unbeaten in the class all year and is likely to move up to the top division for the rest of the season.

Results from Donington:

1 Nicolas Kiesa RC Dallara-Speiss Opel 30m14.449s
2 Andrew Kirkaldy Team Avanti Dallara-Speiss Opel + 4.8s
3 Antonio Pizzonia Manor Dallara-Mugen Honda + 5.9s
4 Gianmaria Bruni Fortec Dallara-Mugen Honda + 10.8s
5 Milos Pavlovic RC Dallara-Speiss Opel + 13.1s
6 Tomas Scheckter Stewart Dallara-Mugen Honda + 14.3s
7 Michael Bentwood Fortec Dallara-Mugen Honda + 16.5s
8 Andy Priaulx Promatecme Dallara-Renault + 18.6s
9 Takuma Sato Carlin Dallara-Mugen Honda + 23.7s
10 Narain Karthikeyan Stewart Dallara-Mugen Honda + 25.3s
11 Gary Paffett Fred Goddard Dallara-Renault + 28.4s
12 Martin O'Connell Rowan Dallara-Mugen Honda + 30.1s
13 Warren Carway Rowan Dallara-Mugen Honda + 45.3s
14 Tor Sriachavanon ADR Dallara-Mugen Honda + 55.8s
15 Christian Columbo Rowan Dallara-Mugen Honda + 56.8s
16 Craig Fleming ME Dallara-Mugen Honda + 58.0s
17 Ryan Walker Diamond Dallara-Mugen Honda +59.3s
18 Phil Hopkins Hopkins Dallara-Speiss Opel +1m09.5s
19 Matt Davies Promatecme Dallara-Renault + 1m11.7s
20 Mark Mayall Diamond Dallara-Mugen Honda + 1m30.7s

Retirements:

Ben Collins Carlin Dallara-Mugen Honda
Atsushi Katsumata Meritus Dallara-Toyota
Juan Manuel Lopez Manor Dallara-Mugen Honda

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