Mazepin, Collard take victories at Snetterton
Ricky Collard and Nikita Mazepin ensured the Carlin team took all three wins this weekend, in the seventh event of the BRDC British F3 season at Snetterton. Series debutant Mazepin claimed the Race 2 victory after starting from pole position, with team mate Collard following suit in race three to take his second victory of the weekend and extend his lead in the championship standings.
It was Mazepin who lined up on pole for the second race of the weekend today. The Russian driver took reverse grid pole and duly led the field away, despite an attack by Tarun Reddy at Richies, Mazepin came out on top to lead the first lap. From that point on Mazepin maintained a stead gap, never coming under any meaningful pressure. Behind Mazepin, Collard had held onto this eighth place starting position, and was running close to championship rival Matheus Leist in seventh. The duo both passed Leist’s Double R team mate Aleksanteri Huovinen with Collard going on to take seventh at the flag. Ameya Vaidyanathan was within touching distance of the top ten, and crossed the line in eleventh.
Lining up on pole position for the second time at Snetterton, Collard once again led the field into turn one as the lights went out for the final race of the weekend this afternoon. Collard wasted little time in building himself a buffer to second placed man Leist, with the gap already up to 2.2 seconds on lap four. By lap eight, Collard had the gap to Leist up to 2.5 seconds, with Mazepin also showing strong pace and passing Reddy for eighth on lap five. Vaidyanathan was running in the mid field in 13th. Collard completed a faultless weekend to take the flag first and his fifth victory of the season. Mazepin and Vaidyanathan also enjoyed a trouble free run to eighth and 14th respectively.
Speaking about his weekend, Collard said – I’ve enjoyed myself so much this weekend. The team around me have worked so hard after a difficult couple of weekends to get us back on top. To repay them with two pole positions and a double win is a great feeling.
Collard now leads the championship with 438 points to Leist’s 423 with three races remaining at the final event of the season at Donington from 10-11 September.