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Thruxton: Charlie Kimball race report

KIMBALL DOMINATES AT THRUXTON American Charlie Kimball completely dominated rounds 9 and 10 of the British International Formula 3 Championship held May 28th and 29th at Thruxton, the fastest racing circuit in Britain. Kimball qualified...

KIMBALL DOMINATES AT THRUXTON

American Charlie Kimball completely dominated rounds 9 and 10 of the British International Formula 3 Championship held May 28th and 29th at Thruxton, the fastest racing circuit in Britain. Kimball qualified on pole for Race One and Two, by 3 tenths of a second and 5 tenths of a second respectively. The young American went on to lead both races from lights to flag, driving away from the field both times.

Qualifying on Saturday proved to be exciting for Kimball and the Carlin team. In first qualifying, Kimball completed only 10 laps and 3 were fast enough to secure pole. He then pulled into the pitlane to save his tires and wait out the time. Second qualifying produced more domination by the young American as he secured pole by over half a second. The next 9 drivers on the grid were all covered by less than half a second.

"I was pretty confident I had the pole but you never know until they wave the checkered flag," said Kimball. "I am really excited to have secured my first poles in British F3 and ready to go racing. It is also a great day for Carlin Motorsport as we will line up 1-2-3 for the second race!"

In Race One, Kimball made a great start and never looked back. He steadily increased his lead over the race distance, putting in consistently fast laps and just missing the point for Fast Lap by a fraction of a second. Kimball won the race by over 3.5 seconds.

"I just put my head down and went to work to build up a lead," said the Californian. "The podium at Knockhill last week gave me that extra confidence boost coming into this weekend and I was able to just drive. I am slightly disappointed about missing fastest lap though. . ."

Kimball dominated Race Two in similarly spectacular style, leading from lights to flag and controlling a safety car restart. After the first two laps, the American had built up a 1.5 second lead but was bunched back up with the field when the Safety Car was deployed. Kimball timed the restart well, jumping straight ahead and leaving the field behind him to fight over second place. Kimball won Race Two by 4.8 seconds and set the fastest lap - breaking the previous track record held by Takuma Sato.

"I am thrilled! This weekend could not have gone better. From two poles, to two wins and the lap record - it's perfect," beamed Kimball.

It has been 11 years since an American has won a race in British F3 and Kimball is the first American to ever win two British F3 races in one weekend. This weekend's results triples Kimball's championship points, moving him into 6th.

Kimball will continue his testing program before heading to Zandvoort, in the Netherlands, for the Marlboro Masters International Invitational race, June 11 - 12.

-www.Charliekimball.com

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