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Alan van der Merwe handed win at Donington

Alan van der Merwe handed win at Donington

Jamie Green and Richard Antinucci were disqualified from first and fifth position in round 1 of the British Formula Three Championship. The scrutineers discovered that the Carlin team-mates had raced on the wrong set of tyres and were forced...

Jamie Green and Richard Antinucci were disqualified from first and fifth position in round 1 of the British Formula Three Championship.

The scrutineers discovered that the Carlin team-mates had raced on the wrong set of tyres and were forced to exclude the two drivers.

Alan van der Merwe was therefore handed the race win with Michael Keohane moving up to second and Rob Austin now in third place.

Reporter's Race Story -- prior to disqualification of first and fifth positons.

Jamie Green won the opening round of the 2003 British Formula Three Championship. The reigning McLaren Autosport Young Driver started from pole position on his Formula Three debut and led every lap of the race.

Green made a good start and held his lead going into Redgate. Behind him van der Merwe and Keohane both made amazing starts and moved up from fifth and sixth on the grid respectively to second and third, relegating Green's team-mate Antinucci to fourth place.

British F3 cars on track.
Photo by Dave Dyer.
Green and van der Merwe then started to pull away from Kehonae at the rate of around half a second per lap as Kehonae build up a small cushion between himself and the battle between Antinucci and Austin.

This allowed Bremer in sixth place to close up and the gap between the three drivers were never more than two seconds. Austin eventually passed Antinucci on lap 8 but was unable to pull away and Antinucci tried several times to retake the third place.

The leaders reached the backmarkers on lap 18 and both Green and van der Merwe were held up slightly. Despite an attempted pass from van der Merwe, Green defended his lead for the final two laps and crossed the line half a second ahead of van der Merwe to take his first victory in his first race in the series.

Top Six:
1 Jamie Green 21:46.590s
2 Alan van der Merwe +0.509s
3 Michael Keohane +5.613s
4 Rob Austin +8.118s
5 Richard Antinucci +8.630s
6 Ronnie Bremer +9.097s

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