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Hoggard hammers to seventh F3 win of the year in Donington finale

Sunday, September 15 2019

Johnathan Hoggard led from start to finish to take his seventh win of the season, in the final race of the year at Donington Park. Hoggard held off a challenge from Kiern Jewiss throughout to secure second place in the championship.

Jewiss claimed second, yet another podium in the second half of the season, with Double R's Neil Verhagen taking his second podium of the day in third.

Manuel Maldonado took fourth ahead of Sasakorn Chaimongkol, with new champion Clement Novalak taking sixth. Kaylen Frederick was seventh and Ayrton Simmons eighth, securing third in the championship standings. Hampus Ericsson and Lucas Petersson completed the top-10 in the race. 

At the start, Hoggard made a strong getaway to lead the field down to Redgate with Jewiss slotting into second. Behind them, in an almost mirror image of yesterday's contest, Simmons went wheel to wheel with Ulysse De Pauw and came off worse, running wide and slipping down the order to 11th. 

Hoggard's lead stood at 0.638s at the end of lap one, but Jewiss was determined to apply plenty of pressure and closed the gap to under two tenths at the end of lap three, with Hoggard surviving an overtaking attempt by Jewiss at Goddards. As that was going on, De Pauw was slipping down the order and pitted into retirement, promoting the drivers behind him.

After fighting off Jewiss, Hoggard rebuilt a small advantage of six to seven tenths of a second, taking his seventh victory by 0.719s. Jewiss' second place was his second podium of the weekend, and over five seconds clear of Verhagen who fought from sixth on the grid to third and his second podium of the day. 

Maldonado's fourth in his last British F3 race before moving on next year was enough to give him sixth in the championship, while Chaimongkol's fifth place capped off a much improved second half of the year for the Hillspeed driver, who took eighth overall in the standings. 

Newly crowned champion Novalak got his elbows out, and climbed from ninth on the grid to take sixth.

As well as the race win, Hoggard was confirmed as the winner of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, and a prize drive at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. 

The top three drivers on the podium, and in the championship were presented with their trophies after the race by Luke Evans, Club Operations Executive of the British Racing Drivers' Club.

Hoggard's victory meant that Novalak's eventual championship winning margin was a slender 23 points, with Hoggard taking second in the championship and Simmons third. 

BRDC British F3 Championship, Donington Park race three provisional result:

1. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, 12 laps
2. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +0.719s
3. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +5.725s
4. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +8.166s
5. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +8.388s
6. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +8.725s
7. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +10.203s
8. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +10.626s
9. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +11.442s
10. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +11.809s
11. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +12.881s
12. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +18.303s
13. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +22.315s
14. Kris Wright, Douglas Motorsport, +25.211s
DNF. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, 4 laps completed