Kjaergaard takes win from pole
Nicolai Kjaergaard claimed his second BRDC British F3 victory of the season in the opening race of the weekend at Snetterton, putting him level on points with Linus Lundqvist who finished third in the Double R Racing‘s car. The Carlin‘s driver now holds the championship lead on count-back, with both drivers having won two races, but Kjaergaard has more second places (three versus Lundqvist’s one). Kjaergaard dominated from the pole position, making a great start to hold the lead, and kept it throughout, keeping Lundqvist around a second behind him for the duration until a late mishap for the Swede allowed Lanan Racing’s Kush Maini to take second, with Lundqvist still taking his fourth podium in a row with third.
Jordan Cane was fourth for Douglas Motorsport, fending off a race long challenge from an impressive Harry Webb. The Chris Dittmann Racing‘s driver converted his fifth place on the grid to the same position in his first British F3 race. Tristan Charpentier was sixth for Fortec, holding off Carlin’s Billy Monger, with Tom Gamble, Sun Yue Yang and Krishnaraaj Mahadik completing the top-10.
Manuel Maldonado, who finished last after a late off, will start race two tomorrow morning from pole position, while Lundqvist claimed fastest lap, potentially giving him pole for race three should no one better his time in the second contest.
“Linus was very close and I saw in the assembly area before the start of the race that he had new tyres on so I knew he would be fast in the first few laps“, commented Kjaergaars, “I managed to keep a gap though and in the end I had good pace and I think the new tyres went off a bit for him, which was good for me. Towards the end he was getting a little bit closer and I could see him in my mirrors, but then he ran wide at turn five and he lost out and made it a lot easier for me in the last two laps. I start at the back tomorrow and I think it will be a very exciting race. We have good pace and hopefully we can come up through the field and set a good lap time to get as good a start position as possible for race three.”
BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton race one
1. Nicolai Kjaergaard, Carlin, 10 laps
2. Kush Maini, Lanan Racing, +4.684s
3. Linus Lundqvist, Double R Racing, +5.854s
4. Jordan Cane, Douglas Motorsport, +10.233s
5. Harry Webb, Chris Dittmann Racing, +10.580s
6. Tristan Charpentier, Fortec Motorsports, +14.252s
7. Billy Monger, Carlin, +14.994s
8. Tom Gamble, Fortec Motorsports, +15.385s
9. Sun Yue Yang, Carlin, +17.670s
10. Krish Mahadik, Double R Racing, +22.512s