The opening weekend of British F3 saw some excellent racing between Carlin and Fortec, but overall it was Carlin who dominated. Polesitter Jack Hervey sailed to victory in race 1, Jazeman Jaafar took second, with Carlos Sainz Jr in third. Hannes van Asseldonk overtook front-row starter Harry Tincknell, but a final lap incident gave the Dutchman a DNF and Carlin a 1-2-3-4. Alex Lynn finished fifth for Fortec.
Race 2 reversed the top twelve, which put the final finishing driver – the national class’s Duvashen Padayachee – on pole. It was a manic race as the best drivers tried to fight their way through to the front. Alex Lynn was the Fortec driver who DNFed this time, while his teammate Pipo Derani won from reversed fourth. But Carlin were still dominant, finishing 2nd to 6th and sending Jaafar into championship lead.
The final race, and second-place starter Felix Serralles pushed into the lead. A stall for Derani sent the safety car out right away, and just after it had finished, Hannes van Asseldonk lost out again. Jack Harvey finished second, with positions 3-5 also Carlin’s. Alex Lynn was sixth, with Fantin in seventh for Carlin.
Fortec’s bad luck over the first weekend sees Carlin dominate the championship standings. Double-podiumed Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar lead, with Harry Tincknell third and Carlos Sainz Jr fourth. Felix Serralles is one point behind Sainz in fifth.
It’s been a while since British F3 had a local champion – Mike Conway in 2006. Before Conway it was Robbie Kerr in 2002. Since then we’ve had Alguersuari, Ricciardo, Vergne and Nasr. Could Harvey, Tincknell or Lynn change things? All three are great drivers. BF3 doesn’t guarantee F1, but it’s a big help. Keep an eye on all these guys.