Snetterton BF3: Mazepin wins Race 2 on debut weekend

Force India development driver Nikita Mazepin scored a victory on his debut weekend in British F3, taking the winning honours in the second race at Snetterton.

Snetterton BF3: Mazepin wins Race 2 on debut weekend
Nikita Mazepin, Carlin
Ricky Collard, Carlin leads
Matheus Leist, Double R Racing
Ricky Collard, Carlin
Atmosphere in the pitlane

In doing so, the former World Karting Championship runner-up secured his first victory in junior single-seaters.

Mazepin inherited pole position by virtue of finishing eighth in the opening race - and led the field into turn 1, with fellow front-row starter Tarun Reddy closely following behind in second.

The Indian managed to get his nose ahead at Riches, but Mazepin fought back to regain the lead, establishing a nine-tenths buffer by the end of the opening lap.

While the gap between the pair remained steady over the early stint, the Carlin driver started to extend his advantage at the halfway mark, eventually taking the chequered flag ahead by 1.976s.

Behind, Harrison Scott took the final spot on the podium, having dispatched Thomas Randle on the opening lap of the race.

Lanan Racing’s Toby Sowery finished fifth, ahead of championship protagonists Matheus Leist and Ricky Collard.

Aleksanteri Huovinen jumped three positions on the opening lap, but faded midway through the race, eventually finishing a lowly eighth.

Enzo Bortoleto, Huovinen’s Double R Racing teammate, finished ninth, while Eugene Denyssen again rounded off the top 10.

Race 2 results:

PosDriver Team Laps  Time  Delay 
Nikita Mazepin Carlin 16 28'06.426  
Tarun Reddy Fortec Motorsports 16 28'08.402 1.976
Harrison Scott HHC Motorsport 16 28'08.719 2.293
Tom Randle Douglas Motorsport 16 28'09.673 3.247
Toby Sowery Lanan Racing 16 28'10.436 4.010
Matheus Leist Double R Racing 16 28'13.064 6.638
Ricky Collard Carlin 16 28'15.684 9.258
A.Huovinen Double R Racing 16 28'20.543 14.117
Enzo Bortoleto Double R Racing 16 28'24.712 18.286
10  Eugene Denyssen Sean Walkinshaw Racing 16 28'31.245 24.819
11  A.Vaidyanathan Carlin 16 28'31.494 25.068
12  Faisal Al Zubair Fortec Motorsports 16 28'31.759 25.333
13  Jeremy Wahome Chris Dittmann Racing 16 28'39.654 33.228
14  Thomas Maxwell Sean Walkinshaw Racing 16 28'48.524 42.098
15  K.Mahadik Chris Dittmann Racing 16 29'29.031 1'22.605
16  Akhil Rabindra Lanan Racing 15 28'23.876  
17  Enaam Ahmed Douglas Motorsport 15 28'58.584  
18  Quinlan Lall Chris Dittmann Racing 13 28'48.142  
19  Ben Hingeley HHC Motorsport 12 29'35.577

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Series BF3
Event Snetterton II
Location Snetterton
Author Rachit Thukral