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Buzaid breezes to victory at Snetterton

Monday, August 30 2010

Adriano Buzaid secured a dominant victory in the final Cooper Tires British F3 race at Snetterton today (Bank Holiday Monday), leading home an all-Carlin podium.

Buzaid out-qualified his team-mates Jean-Eric Vergne and James Calado, both of whom were unable to get on terms with the Brazilian as he stormed away to secure a lights-to-flag victory by a six second margin.

"It was dry, the car was fantastic the whole race through and I really enjoyed myself," said Buzaid. "The forty minutes passed very quick!

"I've got to say a big thank to my team, they've worked hard not just this weekend but during the whole year and I tink they deserve this win," he added.

Although Vergne looked set for a comfortable second position early on, Calado began to close in on the 2010 champion as the race reached his climax. However, the Frenchman managed to fend off his British rival to clinch his second podium of the weekend.

Calado took the chequered in third place, which strengthened his current second position in the overall championship standings over main rival Fortec's Oli Webb, whose weekend came to a miserable end when he went off at Riches on lap three whilst lying in sixth position.

Daisuke Nakajima jumped his Raikkonen Robertson Racing team-mate Felipe Nasr off the start line to secure fourth, whilst Carlin driver Jazeman Jaafar advanced two places on his grid position to cross the line in sixth position.

Carlos Huertas was the quickest of the Hitech Racing cars in seventh place, finishing one place ahead of his team-mate William Buller. Ipswich racer Carlin's Rupert Svendsen-Cook rounded out the top ten after securing his strongest result of the weekend at his home circuit.

There were unplanned pit stops during the race for Sino Vision Racing's Adderley Fong and T-Sport's Alex Brundle; Fong's through mechanical problems and Brundle to change tyres and adjust his rear wing. Fong also had to serve a drive-through penalty after speeding in the pit lane during his first visit, before an off-track excursion dropped him to the tail-end of the field.

Cooper Tires British F3 Series, Snetterton, race three:

1. Adriano Buzaid (Carlin Dallara Volkswagen), 38 laps
2. Jean-Eric Vergne (Carlin Dallara Volkswagen), +7.538s
3. James Calado (Carlin Dallara Volkswagen), +7.956s
4. Daisuke Nakajima (Raikkonen Robertson Racing Dallara Mercedes), +14.282s
5. Felipe Nasr (Raikkonen Robertson Racing Dallara Mercedes), +14.314s
6. Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin Dallara Volkswagen), +20.651s
7. Carlos Huertas (Raikkonen Robertson Racing Dallara Mercedes), +21.967s
8. Gabriel Dias (Hitech Racing Dallara Volkswagen), +23.175s
9. William Buller (Hitech Racing Dallara Volkswagen), +26.120s
10. Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin Dallara Volkswagen), +41.922s

The season finale of the British F3 Championship will take place at Brands Hatch on 25/26 September, in a double headline meeting with the British GT Championship. Tickets are now on sale from £17 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.