Will Buller wins messy Paul Ricard British Formula 3 race two

Fortec's Will Buller led from lights to flag in winning a chaotic and shortened British Formula 3 reversed grid race at Paul Ricard this morning

Will Buller wins messy Paul Ricard British Formula 3 race two

The race was run over just six laps after a botched initial start that caused a multi-car pile up on the grid and led to the first red flag of the season.

Sino Vision's Hywel Lloyd stalled while the red lights were on and the start gantry proceeded to flash from red to yellow to green in quick succession.

In the confusion, it appeared several drivers were unsure whether the race had started, or the start had been aborted, with some accelerating towards the first chicane and others backing off.

Double R's Scott Pye clattered into the back of team-mate Pipo Derani's Dallara-Mercedes, putting both out on the spot, while T-Sport's Bart Hylkema wrecked his Dallara-Volkswagen by pin-balling between Brazilian's Lucas Foresti (Fortec) and Felipe Nasr (Carlin).

After marshals had cleared the smashed cars and debris, Buller fended off fellow front row starter Rupert Svendsen-Cook at the restart to take command of the race.

He duly reeled off the laps from the front to win by 1.6 seconds and also claimed the two bonus points on offer for recording the fastest lap.

Hitech's Antonio Felix da Costa delivered another stirring drive to complete the podium. As Kevin Magnussen fought his way past Carlin team-mate Jack Harvey on the opening lap, da Costa drove around the outside of both into the chicane that punctuates the Mistral straight.

Harvey slipped back as low as eighth, as team-mate Carlos Huertas, Foresti, and a slow-starting Nasr both capitalised on the Briton's stalled momentum through Signes and Beausset.

As Fortec's Harry Tincknell then attempted to demote Harvey further on the run into Turn 1, Hitech's Pietro Fantin ran into the back of Harvey, which bounced the Brazilian into Tincknell and knocked Tincknell into a spin.

Tincknell's misery was further compounded by a drive-through penalty for not respecting the track limits at the start, as Harvey eventually battled back past Foresti to round out the top six.

Championship leader Nasr fell to the back end of the top 10 after losing a lot of time through the final part of the circuit on lap two.

He eventually clawed his way back to ninth with a forceful move on the Sino Vision Dallara-Mercedes of Lloyd two laps later, before back row starter Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin) denied Lloyd the final point by going side by side with Welshman through Signes and then driving round the outside of him at Beausset on the penultimate lap.

Results - 6 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc 12m25.918s 2. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW + 1.621s 3. Antonio Felix da Costa Hitech Dallara-VW + 2.288s 4. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW + 3.289s 5. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW + 6.186s 6. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW + 9.693s 7. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc + 12.409s 8. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW + 13.009s 9. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW + 14.173s 10. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 16.888s 11. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc + 18.748s 12. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW + 19.410s 13. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc + 20.134s 14. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-VW + 20.958s 15. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec Dallara-Merc + 37.466s 16. Kotaro Sakurai Hitch Dallara-Mugen + 39.201s 17. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc + 50.685s Unable to take part in restarted race: Pipo Derani Double R Dallara-Merc 0 laps Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc 0 laps Bart Hylkema T-Sport Dallara-VW 0 laps 
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