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Felipe Nasr wins race three to extend British F3 Championship lead

Monday, April 25 2011

Carlin's Felipe Nasr converted pole position into race three victory to extend his Cooper Tires British F3 International Series lead at Oulton Park on Easter Monday.

Nasr started from the front after topping the timesheets in qualifying on Saturday, with main championship rival Fortec's Lucas Foresti alongside. The Brazilian racer made a flawless start and steadily built a lead during the 40 minute encounter, crossing the line 3.394 seconds ahead of countryman Foresti to clinch his third 2011 victory.

"That was just perfect - another very good weekend for us and some very important points for the championship," said Nasr. "The next round is at Snetterton and we've gone very well in testing there, so we're hopefully looking forward to another great weekend."

After crashing out of races one and two, Bahrain's Menasheh Idafar turned his fortunes around in the weekend's final outing to steer his T-Sport Dallara to third position.

Carlin's Rupert Svendsen-Cook was the quickest British driver in fourth position, the Ipswich-based youngster working hard to pile consistent pressure on Idafar. The pair were nose-to-tail in the final few laps of the race, but Idafar held on to clinch his first International Class podium in British F3.

Will Buller fended off the hard-charging Carlin Dallara of Jazeman Jaafar to secure fifth place in his Fortec machine, whilst the sister Fortec Dallara of Harry Tincknell enjoyed a quietly consistent run to seventh place.

Double R's Scott Pye added eighth place in race three to the two top ten finishes he accrued in the first two races at Oulton Park, finishing ahead of Hitech's Pietro Fantin. The Carlin car of Colombian Carlos Huertas rounded out the top ten.

The only retirement of the race was Carlin's Kevin Magnussen, who slowed on the opening lap with engine problems. After a trip to the pits, Magnussen rejoined two laps down, but pulled into his garage again shortly after. His team-mate Jack Harvey also visited pit lane with a misfire, but managed to complete the race in nineteenth place.

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, Oulton Park, race three:
1. Felipe Nasr (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), 26 laps
2. Lucas Foresti (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +3.394s
3. Menasheh Idafar (T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen), +22.570s
4. Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +23.124s
5. Will Buller (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +23.931s
6. Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +24.537s
7. Harry Tincknell (Fortec Dallara-Mercedes), +25.225s
8. Scott Pye (Double R Dallara-Mercedes), +26.319s
9. Pietro Fantin (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +30.052s
10. Carlos Huertas (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +30.517s

The next round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship takes place at Snetterton on 14/15 May. Discounted advance tickets are now on sale from £17 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.