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Kimball Takes Maiden F3 Win

American Charlie Kimball took his maiden British F3 win in Thruxton's first race

Hot on the heels of his first podium finish last weekend at Knockhill, the Carlin Motorsport driver dominated the race, leading all 16 laps from pole position.

"It was pretty incredible," Kimball said. "The car was great and I can't ask for anything more from a team. However, I think the car will need to be improved if I am to win this afternoon."

Estonian Markko Asmer was 3.6 seconds behind Kimball in second, having battled with Carlin Motorsport's Christian Bakkerud and Fotec Motorsport's Mike Conway for the place.

Asmer passed Conway in the early stages and then held off the charging Bakkerud, who had also battled with the Fortec driver.

Conway finished fourth ahead of Championship leader Alvaro Parente, Ryan Lewis and the Lola pair of Danilo Dirani and Steven Kane.

Australian Barton Mawer won the National Class race, his second victory of the season. He dedicated the win to his T-Sport boss Russell Ecott, who is celebrating his 40th birthday today.

Mawer said: "I don't know what he's worried about - he doesn't look a day over 50."

CLASSIFIED:

Pos  Driver              Make-Engine               Time
 1.  Charlie Kimball     Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  18:02.145
 2.  Marko Asmer         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  +   3.663
 3.  Christian Bakkerud  Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  +   5.293
 4.  Mike Conway         Dallara Opel Spiess       +   5.990
 5.  Alvaro Parente      Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  +   8.343
 6.  Ryan Lewis          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  +  10.775
 7.  Danilo Dirani       Lola B05/30 Mugen Honda   +  11.217
 8.  Steven Kane         Lola B05/30 Mugen-Honda   +  16.318
 9.  Dan Clarke          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  +  20.613
10.  James Walker        Dallara F305 Opel Spiess  +  24.165
11.  Bruno Senna         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  +  27.042
12.  Ronayne O'mahony    Dallara F305 Opel Spiess  +  27.526
13.  Stephen Jelley      Dallara F305 Opel Spiess  +  28.766
14.  Barton Mawer        Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  +  37.152
15.  Jonathan Kennard    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  +  42.559
16.  Charlie Hollings    Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen H  +  42.712
17.  Josh Fisher         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  +  44.409
18.  Juho Annala         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  +  48.173
19.  Ricardo Teixeira    Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  +  51.251
20.  Keiko Ihara         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda  +  57.899
21.  Cheong Lou Meng     Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda  +   1 Lap

NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS:

     Driver              Make-Engine               On Lap
     Salvador Duran      Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda    12
     Nick Jones          Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda     1
     Tim Bridgman        Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda     0

FASTEST LAPS:

Championship:  Christian Bakkerud,  1:06.945
National:      Charlie Hollings,    1:08.649

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