Alvaro Parente won his second race of the day with another dominant performance around the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone in round 16 of the British F3 International Series. The Portuguese driver took the lead at the start and was never headed...
Alvaro Parente won his second race of the day with another dominant performance around the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone in round 16 of the British F3 International Series. The Portuguese driver took the lead at the start and was never headed as his rivals suffered problems and he held on to take his ninth win of the year.
"It is a great result for me", said a delighted Asmer. "I got two wins. I got a good start and managed to pull away to get a gap."
The action started before the race when Bruno Senna locked up and went straight on at Stowe corner on the installation lap on the way to the grid. He ran onto the tarmac run-off area and was able to rejoin the circuit without any damage to the car.
Pole-position-holder Marko Asmer hesitated in his Hitech Racing Dallara and was engulfed by the field as the red lights went out. Parente made a perfect getaway in the Carlin Motorsport Dallara and moved up to first and Senna also started well from seventh and moved up to fourth. Charlie Hollings was involved in an incident on the start-line and his Promatecme F3 Lola-Done ended up stuck in the middle of the circuit facing the wrong way.
Parente, Mike Conway and Kimball started to edge away at the front during the first lap. Alejandro Nunez, Jonathan Kennard and Ryan Lewis were all involved in an incident at Club corner and ended up off the circuit. Nunez retired on the spot with suspension damage but Kennard (nosecone) and Lewis (puncture) were able to pit for repairs and rejoin the back of the pack behind the Safety Car which had been deployed.
At the restart Asmer got alongside Kimball along the pit straight but backed off going into Copse. He held on and got past going down the Hanger Straight to move up to third place. Ahead of him Parente and Conway ran nose-to-tail at the front, while Senna now closed in on Kimball.
Conway got a good line through the Becketts complex but his Fortec Motorsport Dallara suddenly slowed at the exit of Stowe corner and he pulled off the circuit at Club into retirement. Asmer moved up to second place and was running two seconds behind the leader Parente.
By the halfway point Asmer had made up half a second on the leader and edged away from Kimball in third and Senna was putting on a strong performance in fourth place. Steven Kane gradually closed on Dan Clarke and made a bold move round the outside of Club corner to move up to fifth place. Clarke tried to fight back at Abbey but Kane held on to the place and Clarke slowly faded away.
Kimball seesawed between battling against Parente and defending from Asmer as Parente appeared to have handling problems in the faster corners and Asmer was pushing hard in third place. Asmer dropped down the field on the penultimate lap after running wide at Copse and rejoined in fifth place. This promoted Senna to third place and he held the position to take his first podium in the series. "I'm really happy. There are no words to describe it. Being third for the first time is great," said Senna.
Tim Bridgman was forced to withdraw from the race after Avon found a problem with one of his tyres and advised against using it in the race. The rules prevent tyres being changed to Bridgman was left with no choice but to not participate in the race.
Parente further extended his lead in the championship with 234 points, ahead of Kimball on 170 points and Conway retaining third place with 126 points, although Conway's no-score allowed Asmer in fourth to close up with 116 points.