Weather: Hazy and clear Jarvis dominates Polytec Formula Three Macau Grand Prix Oliver Jarvis dominated the Polytec Macau Formula Three Grand Prix on Sunday - leading every lap and keeping his cool during a safety car period to take victory in...
Weather: Hazy and clear
Jarvis dominates Polytec Formula Three Macau Grand Prix
Oliver Jarvis dominated the Polytec Macau Formula Three Grand Prix on Sunday - leading every lap and keeping his cool during a safety car period to take victory in the Silver Jubilee Event.
Afterwards, the Briton was in no doubt about how special the result was for him. "It is the biggest race win of my career," he said. "I've won some big races and also the McLaren/Autosport Award, but this tops them all I think."
Jarvis made a perfect getaway from pole position to lead into Lisboa Bend and, despite nearly hitting the wall at the first corner, he instantly opened up an advantage to control things from the front.
Fellow front row starter Marko Asmer had managed to draw alongside Jarvis's TOM'S car away from the line, but he lost ground on the straight and dropped behind Kazuya Oshima and then also Sam Bird on the run down to the first turn.
Asmer managed to recover third position at the start of lap two when he slipstreamed Sam Bird down the main straight and moved ahead under braking for Lisboa. He then started closing in on second placed Oshima, before a safety car was called out on lap seven when Frenchman Frank Mailleux crashed heavily at Moorish Hill.
Jarvis timed the restart on lap 11 perfectly, opening up a one-second lead over Oshima, while behind him Asmer lost third place to Kodai Tsukakoshi on the run down to Mandarin Bend.
Tsukakoshi got another position on the run to Lisboa on lap 13 when he went around the outside of Oshima - but he did not have enough speed to do anything about Jarvis.
Oshima finished third, with Asmer taking fourth place. Brazilian Roberto Streit was fifth, with Sam Bird sixth, James Jakes seventh and Romain Grosjean recovering from his dramas in race one to claim eighth at the flag.