Danilo Dirani won the opening round of the British Formula 3 International Series with a strong performance and a lights-to-flag victory. The Brazillian was pushed all the way by Mike Conway but was able to keep far enough ahead to prevent an attempt to pass and eventually crossed the line two seconds ahead, with Dan Clarke a further two seconds behind in third place.
Dirani started on pole position and kept his lead on the run up to the first corner. Marko Asmer, alongside him on the grid, made a very slow start and fell to the back of the field allowing Conway up into second and Clarke into third. Behind them Tim Bridgman, Suk Sandher and Salvador Duran all collided on the pit straight with Brideman sustaining heavy damage to the back of his car. The Safety Car came out for three laps to allow the marshals to clear the wreckage.
Dirani and Conway both pulled away at the restart with Clarke, Christian Bakkeraud and Ryan Lewis all holiding their places behind. Stephen Jelley's car twiched in Redgate and this allowed Bruno Senna behind him to close up. The pair ran together around the first part of the lap but unfortunately touched around the back of the circuit sending Jelley into the gravel and out of the race.
The front two cars remained seperated by half a second but the most exciting battle was for seventh place with Josh Fisher, Steven Kane, Susie Stoddart, James Walker, Markso Asmer and Charlie Kimball all seperated by just two seconds. Kane passed Fisher on lap seven and set about catching the sixth-placed Senna.
Lewis had spent the first part of the race all over the gearbox of Bakkeraud and made a successful pass on lap eleven to move up to fourth place. Asmer also got past Walker and this allowed Kimball to move right up behing Walker. The pair ran nose to tail for the remainder of the race with several passing attempts but Walker firmly remained ahead.
At the front Conway had settled for second place as the battle at the front was allowing Clarke and Lewis to close up. Dirani responded to the ease of pressure by pulling away a few tenths per second for the final laps and this in turn allowed Conway to pull out a small cushion over his pursuers to take second behind Dirani.
Josh Fisher won the National Class after benefiting from a large midfield battle to keep several Championship Class cars between himself and rival Barton Mawer. Charles Hollings took advantage of the startline incident and drove a strong race to take the final podium place in the class.