Rockingham BF3: Randle secures maiden win as Bortoleto rolls

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Rockingham BF3: Randle secures maiden win as Bortoleto rolls
Darshan Chokhani
By: Darshan Chokhani
May 1, 2016, 8:03 AM

Thomas Randle took his maiden British F3 win, in Race 2 of the Rockingham weekend, having started from fifth on the grid.

At the initial start, reverse grid polesitter Tarun Reddy lost his lead to Enaam Ahmed with Ameya Vaidyanthan in at second, but a heavy crash to Enzo Bortoleto meant the race was red flagged.

The Brazilian’s Double R Racing car flipped over at the Chapman Curve corner, but the driver was safe.

The race which only went to half a lap was stopped and re-started, as the grid was set as per the original line-up, giving a second chance to Reddy.

But, once again, the Indian lost out at the start, as Douglas Motorsport’s Randle stormed from fifth to first, while Vaidyanathan stayed second, with Matheus Leist slotting in at third.

Ahmed, from third, got another good start but with his front wing clipped going into Turn 1, meant the Brit had to stop for a change and thus dropped back.

Polesitter, Reddy, dropped to sixth as Alekstanteri Huovinen and Lando Norris moved to fourth and fifth, respectively.

By lap 4, the Norris was all over the back of the Finn and took fourth, before attacking Leist, up the road, for third.

And within two laps, the British driver dispatched the Brazilian, to take the final spot on the podium, setting a chase for his teammate Vaidyanathan, for second.

Norris closed the gap from over three second to eighth-tenths by final lap, but it was too late as Vaidyanathan sealed his second place, while Randle took his maiden BF3 win.

The Indian hung to less than a second gap to the Australian all through, but it wasn’t enough in the end.

Leist finished fourth with Huovinen fifth, as Fortec’s Reddy managing only sixth, keeping Ricky Collard at bay, at seventh.

Toby Sowery, finally, got a better race to end eighth, having overtaken Thomas Maxwell, while Jon Jonck completed the top 10.

Race 2 results:

PosDriver TeamTime/Gap 
 Tom Randle Douglas Motorsport 16'09.259 
 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin 1.232
 Lando Norris Carlin 1.694
 Matheus Leist Double R Racing 8.121
 Aleksanteri Huovinen Double R Racing 9.301
 Tarun Reddy Fortec Motorsports 10.912
 Ricky Collard Carlin 11.159
 Toby Sowery Lanan Racing 11.622
 Thomas Maxwell Sean Walkinshaw Racing 15.015
10   Jan Jonck Sean Walkinshaw Racing 17.240
11   Quinlan Lall Chris Dittmann Racing 17.655
12   Sisa Ngebulana HHC Motorsport 18.596
13   Ben Hingeley HHC Motorsport 19.367
14   Faisal Al Zubair Fortec Motorsports 20.740
15   Eugene Denyssen Sean Walkinshaw Racing 22.053
16   Akhil Rabindra Lanan Racing 24.258
17   Jeremy Wahome Chris Dittmann Racing 27.754
18   Enaam Ahmed Douglas Motorsport + 1 lap 
19   Krishnaraaj Mahadik Chris Dittmann Racing + 2 lap 
Ret  Enzo Bortoleto Double R Racing  

 

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Series BF3
Event Rockingham
Location Rockingham Motor Speedway
Author Darshan Chokhani
Article type Race report