VAN DER ZANDE & CHRISTODOULOU TAKE THE SNETTERTON WINS Renger van der Zande and Riki Christodoulou were the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series race victors at Snetterton today (Sun), the Dutch driver dominating round nine after...
VAN DER ZANDE & CHRISTODOULOU TAKE THE SNETTERTON WINS
Renger van der Zande and Riki Christodoulou were the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series race victors at Snetterton today (Sun), the Dutch driver dominating round nine after starting from the pole, and the young Englishman taking his maiden British F3 win in round 10 after making an inspired start. Daniel Ricciardo was a podium visitor in both races to extend his championship lead.
Van der Zande staged a masterclass display of Hitech Racing and Mercedes superiority in round nine at Snetterton, leading from pole position to chequered flag.
Renger blasted into a one-second lead within the first couple of laps, and thereafter his second race win of the season was beyond doubt... His pursuers were racing for the second step of the podium.
"It has been a very good weekend so far," said Renger, "I have been quickest all the way. It's been a lot of fun. It's a great effort from the team, they have done really well."
Henry Arundel headed the chase for 20 of the 29 laps, until his Carlin Motorsport Dallara suffered a gear selection issue which delayed him long enough to allow his team-mate and championship leader Daniel Ricciardo to slip past. "I was struggling with the gears and Daniel made it through," said Henry, "but once I had worked out what the problem was I was able to drive around it and hang on to third."
Van der Zande crossed the line 3.8s clear at the line, his lead at one stage having been in excess of eight seconds, with Ricciardo comfortably ahead of Arundel. Van der Zande's Hitech team-mate Walter Grubmuller held fourth place throughout, shadowed all the way by Riki Christodoulou, Max Chilton and Jay Bridger.
Daniel McKenzie slotted his Fortec Dallara into eighth on the opening lap and held on in that position all the way to the flag to collect his sixth National Class victory of the season. Birthday boy Adriano Buzaid snatched ninth from the grasp of Daisuke Nakajima 10 laps from the end.
Riki Christodoulou claimed a popular maiden victory in round 10, his Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes pipping championship leader Ricciardo to victory by just over a second. Christodoulou's win brings to six the number of different race victors this season.
Riki got the job done within three laps of the start, after pole-sitter and round nine victor Renger van der Zande fluffed his getaway from the grid and let Christodoulou nose his way into second place at the first corner, just behind the Hitech car of Walter Grubmuller.
Christodoulou piled on the pressure during the first and second laps, then popped past the Austrian to claim the lead into Riches at the start of lap three. Thereafter he was home free.
Said Riki: "I knew I had to get a good start, and I managed to get ahead of Renger off the line, then two laps later I passed Walter down the start/finish line, and from there I was able to control the race."
Grubmuller further lost out when Ricciardo followed Christodoulou's example and popped past, following Riki home all the way to the flag and a solid second place for Carlin Motorsport. "If someone had told me this morning that I would take 30 points from today I wouldn't have believed them," said Daniel. "We still don't have winning pace, but when you can't win you have to try to bag good points, which is what we've done."
A disappointed Grubmuller had to make do with third, just ahead of his team-mate van der Zande. The T-Sport twins, Adriano Buzaid and Wayne Boyd, were well in touch throughout the race to collect fifth and sixth, with Max Chilton, Henry Arundel, Jay Bridger and Victor Garcia completing the top 10.
Gabriel Dias made an excellent start to the race to lead the National Class throughout, with Daniel McKenzie second in class and newcomer Aaron Steele third in his Litespeed.