Tincknell earns maiden F3 victory

Harry Tincknell claimed his maiden British Formula 3 win from this morning's reversed grid race at Brands Hatch

Tincknell earns maiden F3 victory

The Fortec rookie led a safety car interrupted race all the way and kept T-Sport's Menasheh Idafar at arm's length to win by 0.6 seconds.

The 20-minute race was truncated by a five-lap spell behind the safety car, after Fortec's Fahmi Ilyas and series returnee Max Snegirev (Hitech) came together in a startline incident that also accounted for Sino Vision's Hywel Lloyd.

Nevertheless, Formula Renault graduate Tincknell kept his head to record Fortec's second win of the weekend, with Idafar and Carlin's Carlos Huertas completing the podium.

"Third place at Oulton, second at Snetterton and now the trend has continued to the top step this time," said the winner. "I just had to make sure I had a good restart and got back into the rhythm. I know this track was hard to overtake on so I just had to drive consistently and fast like I know I can do."

Reigning Formula Ford champion Scott Pye (Double R) recorded his best result yet by finishing fourth.

Carlin's Jazeman Jaafar won a battle with his championship-leading team-mate Felipe Nasr to take fifth, while Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin), yesterday's race winner Lucas Foresti (Fortec), Hitech's Pietro Fantin, and qualifying star Adderly Fong (Sino Vision) rounded out the points finishers.

Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) joined the race at the tail of the field after being pushed off third grid spot with a misfire, but pulled off some gutsy round-the-outside passing moves to recover to 11th.

Fortec's Will Buller started fifth, but rotated at Graham Hill Bend on the opening lap after a touch with Jaafar. He could only recover to 15th place, but took the two bonus points for setting fastest lap.

Rookie class runners Kotaro Sakurai (Hitech) and Bart Hylkema (T-Sport) came together on the last lap at Surtees. Hylkema got going again ahead of his rival, but crabbed home with broken suspension as Sakurai swept by to claim his second class win of the weekend.

Results - 13 laps:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car                     Time/Gap
 1.  Harry Tincknell       Fortec Dallara-Merc        20m02.952s
 2.  Menasheh Idafar       T-Sport Dallara-VW           + 0.609s
 3.  Carlos Huertas        Carlin Dallara-VW            + 2.371s
 4.  Scott Pye             Double R Dallara-Merc        + 2.828s
 5.  Jazeman Jaafar        Carlin Dallara-VW            + 3.166s
 6.  Felipe Nasr           Carlin Dallara-VW            + 4.704s
 7.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook  Carlin Dallara-VW            + 5.319s
 8.  Lucas Foresti         Fortec Dallara-Merc          + 5.884s
 9.  Pietro Fantin         Hitech Dallara-VW            + 6.728s
10.  Adderly Fong          Sino Vision Dallara-Merc     + 9.094s
11.  Kevin Magnussen       Carlin Dallara-VW           + 10.062s
12.  Jack Harvey           Carlin Dallara-VW           + 11.586s
13.  Pipo Derani           Double R Dallara-Merc       + 16.746s
14.  Yann Cunha            T-Sport Dallara-VW          + 16.990s
15.  Will Buller           Fortec Dallara-Merc         + 17.448s
16.  Kotaro Sakurai        Hitech Dallara-Mugen      + 1m10.366s
17.  Bart Hylkema          T-Sport Dallara-Mugen     + 1m27.471s

Retirements:

     Maxim Snegirev        Hitech Dallara-VW              0 laps
     Hywel Lloyd           Sino Vision Dallara-Merc       0 laps
     Fahmi Ilyas           Fortec Dallara-Merc            0 laps
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