Silverstone European F3: Juri Vips holds off Sacha Fenestraz to win

Estonian series rookie Juri Vips scored his second Formula 3 European Championship victory from pole position in the final race of the weekend at Silverstone

Silverstone European F3: Juri Vips holds off Sacha Fenestraz to win

Vips fought off first-lap challenges from Jonathan Aberdein and Sacha Fenestraz, and from then on was never headed.

Front-row qualifier Aberdein got a better start than the sister Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen of Vips and nosed up the inside into the Abbey right-hander, but backed off to avoid contact and was dumped to third by Fenestraz.

Renault Formula 1 junior Fenestraz then got a run on Vips down the Wellington Straight, just about getting in front with his Carlin car, but Vips claimed the inside line into Brooklands and retained the lead.

"I braked really late and he braked later than me," said Fenestraz. "We were lucky to make the corner."

An early safety car, caused when Sebastian Fernandez took himself and Ralf Aron out at Club, failed to disrupt Vips.

The leader eased the gap out to over a second, but as the race wore on Fenestraz began to close without ever getting close enough to mount an overtaking bid.

"It was actually very difficult," said Vips, who moves up to third in the championship.

"Sacha got past me, but I managed to overtake him into Turn 6 [Brooklands], which was crucial.

"I was struggling - similar to the Prema cars in race one - with my rear tyres, particularly towards the end, but I'm happy and this is a good confidence boost."

A stunning first-lap battle for fourth was resolved in favour of Enaam Ahmed, and the Hitech GP driver held the position until the finish.

After challenging Aberdein for third, Ahmed lost momentum and was passed in the middle of the Becketts complex by points leader Dan Ticktum, but Ticktum was slow onto the Hangar Straight, allowing Ahmed back in front in a three-abreast move also involving Mick Schumacher.

Ticktum tried to repass Ahmed at Club, but launched onto two wheels over the inside kerb - allowing Schumacher past.

Try as he might, Motopark man Ticktum couldn't pass the Prema Powerteam car of Schumacher as they completed the top six.

Hitech's Alex Palou was seventh, ahead of the Prema car of Guan Yu Zhou.

A good battle for ninth went the way of Ferdinand Habsburg, who fended off Robert Shwartzman - who in turn had come out best in an earlier scrap with Fabio Scherer.

Despite finishing sixth, Ticktum extends his championship lead to 18 points over Marcus Armstrong, who was forced out wide at the Farm kink on the opening lap and into retirement.

Race three result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 18 36m02.838s
2 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 18 1.177s
3 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 18 3.632s
4 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 18 4.857s
5 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 18 5.506s
6 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 18 6.050s
7 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 18 8.244s
8 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 18 12.072s
9 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 18 12.637s
10 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 18 13.063s
11 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 18 14.152s
12 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 18 16.809s
13 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 18 18.530s
14 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 18 21.919s
15 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 18 23.606s
16 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 18 27.762s
17 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 18 31.569s
18 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 18 32.064s
19 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 18 32.707s
20 Charles Leong Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 18 35.153s
21 Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 18 36.031s
- Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1 Retirement
- Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0 Retirement
- Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Dan Ticktum 190
2 Marcus Armstrong 172
3 Juri Vips 157
4 Enaam Ahmed 145
5 Ralf Aron 142.5
6 Guanyu Zhou 142
7 Mick Schumacher 136
8 Jehan Daruvala 113.5
9 Robert Shwartzman 106
10 Alex Palou 104
11 Sacha Fenestraz 103
12 Jonathan Aberdein 64
13 Fabio Scherer 43
14 Ferdinand Habsburg 35
15 Marino Sato 31.5
16 Nikita Troitskiy 31
17 Ben Hingeley 18
18 Keyvan Andres 17
19 Julian Hanses 6
20 Artem Petrov 6
21 Sebastian Fernandez 5

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