Silverstone British F3: Antonio Giovinazzi claims maiden win

Antonio Giovinazzi claimed victory in the second race of the British Formula 3 International Series opener at Silverstone

Silverstone British F3: Antonio Giovinazzi claims maiden win

From third on the reversed grid, the Italian swept around the outside of front-row men Sun Zheng and Ed Jones into Copse Corner and led all the way in his Double R Racing Dallara-Mercedes.

Team-mate Sean Gelael ran second early on, until race-one winner Will Buller passed him at Stowe Corner on the sixth lap of 16.

The gap to Giovinazzi was three seconds but, with the leader running two new tyres on his car in this race, the chasing Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes was unable to close the gap until the final three laps, although Buller did claim fastest lap.

"My start was good and I got a gap," said Giovinazzi. "The car was perfect the first 10 laps, so I tried to build a lead while it felt good, and then the last five laps I was just looking after the tyres."

It was Double R's first win since Valtteri Bottas triumphed at Donington Park in 2011.

Gelael compounded the Woking team's joy by completing the podium, but was being closed upon towards the end by Fortec runner Felix Serralles.

Serralles, in turn, had looked to be coming under pressure from Nicholas Latifi, but the Canadian then had to switch his attentions to fending off the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of Jordan King for fifth.

The third Double R car of Tatiana Calderon was fourth for a while, but the Colombian fell behind Serralles, Latifi and King to take seventh.

Behind her, Felipe Guimaraes looked to be struggling for pace, but put in a staunch defence from first-race winner John Bryant-Meisner, whose German F3 Cup car is today running with 15kg extra ballast.

Jann Mardenborough also got involved from time to time before claiming 10th.

Jones made sure to keep himself out of trouble with the International Class runners, and by the time everything had shuffled out he had a comfortable National Class lead in his West-Tec Dallara-Toyota.

Team-mates Roberto la Rocca and Cameron Twynham completed the class podium, the Brit passing Liam Venter.

Zheng fell to the tail of the field with an incident on the third lap.

Results - 16 laps: Pos Cl Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Int Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 31m18.678s 2. Int Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1.579s 3. Int Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc + 5.112s 4. Int Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc + 6.268s 5. Int Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW + 6.940s 6. Int Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW + 7.380s 7. Int Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc + 13.524s 8. Int Felipe Guimaraes Fortec Dallara-Merc + 19.379s 9. Inv John Bryan-Meisner Performance Dallara-VW + 19.892s 10. Int Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW + 21.652s 11. Nat Ed Jones West-Tec Dallara-Toyota + 48.613s 12. Nat Roberto la Rocca West-Tec Dallara-Toyota + 58.350s 13. Nat Cameron Twynham West-Tec Dallara-Toyota + 1m05.976s 14. Nat Liam Venter West-Tec Dallara-Toyota + 1m07.444s 15. Nat Sun Zheng CFDallara-Mugen + 1m08.238s 16. Nat Chris Vlok West-Tec Dallara-Toyota + 1m11.105s 17. Nat Sean Walkinshaw West-Tec Dallara-Toyota + 1m21.224s 18. Nat Huan Zhu West-Tec Dallara-Toyota + 1m24.793s 19. Nat B Alice Powell MBR Dallara-Toyota + 1m48.616s 
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