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Brands Hatch report

RALPH FIRMAN had cause for a double celebration at Brands Hatch May 27 when he won the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship. Twenty-one-year-old Firman was the dominating force all weekend, claiming pole position and ...

RALPH FIRMAN had cause for a double celebration at Brands Hatch May 27 when he won the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship. Twenty-one-year-old Firman was the dominating force all weekend, claiming pole position and fastest lap for both races as well.

Nicolas Minassian and Guy Smith filled the remaining podium positions in round five, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Minassian second and third in round six.

Firman, who had not won any of the previous four rounds, now leads the championship.

Firman drove superbly from start to finish to win round five. He converted pole position to the lead by the first corner and was never challenged thereafter. The Paul Stewart Racing driver quickly opened up a two-second gap over second-placed Minassian, who had managed to sneak ahead of Montoya at the start. Fortec Motorsport's Smith took the final podium position.

Round six was not so straightforward for Firman: Minassian got alongside the Englishman going into the first corner, but Firman was able to hold him off to lead at the end of the first lap.

He soon had a new challenger behind him: Montoya moved into second when he pulled off a superb manoeuvre on Minassian, driving all the way around the outside of the Frenchman at Druids on lap three.

Firman then repeated his earlier performance, pulling out a clear lead over Montoya. he finished just over a second clear of the Colombian, with Minassian third.

After six rounds, Firman leads the British F3 Championship with 80 points to Smith's 66 and Montoya's 62. Next round: Oulton Park, June 8.

-- Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing

Subject: BF3: Brands Hatch report Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 16:27:54 +0100

RALPH FIRMAN had cause for a double celebration at Brands Hatch May 27 when he won the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship. Twenty-one-year-old Firman was the dominating force all weekend, claiming pole position and fastest lap for both races as well.

Nicolas Minassian and Guy Smith filled the remaining podium positions in round five, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Minassian second and third in round six.

Firman, who had not won any of the previous four rounds, now leads the championship.

Firman drove superbly from start to finish to win round five. He converted pole position to the lead by the first corner and was never challenged thereafter. The Paul Stewart Racing driver quickly opened up a two-second gap over second-placed Minassian, who had managed to sneak ahead of Montoya at the start. Fortec Motorsport's Smith took the final podium position.

Round six was not so straightforward for Firman: Minassian got alongside the Englishman going into the first corner, but Firman was able to hold him off to lead at the end of the first lap.

He soon had a new challenger behind him: Montoya moved into second when he pulled off a superb manoeuvre on Minassian, driving all the way around the outside of the Frenchman at Druids on lap three.

Firman then repeated his earlier performance, pulling out a clear lead over Montoya. he finished just over a second clear of the Colombian, with Minassian third.

After six rounds, Firman leads the British F3 Championship with 80 points to Smith's 66 and Montoya's 62. Next round: Oulton Park, June 8.

-- Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing

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