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Hitech's Riki Christodolou wins second British F3 race

Monday, April 25 2011

Hitech Racing's Riki Christodolou clinched victory in the second Cooper Tires British F3 International Series race at Oulton Park on Easter Monday, benefitting from a start-line stall by pole-sitter Carlin's Kevin Magnussen.

Following a draw to determine the starting order for the reverse grid sprint race, Christodolou began the second British F3 outing of the weekend alongside Magnussen on the front row.

The Danish pole-sitter was a strong contender for victory until disaster befell him and he stalled as the lights went out - dropping down the order to eighteenth position by the end of the opening lap.

Magnussen's poor start allowed Christodolou to take the lead, whilst his team-mate Pietro Fantin secured second place from fourth on the grid. 'Christo' looked commanding during his opening sequence of laps, but Fantin fought back to close the gap on his British rival at several points. However, the Brazilian was unable to match Christodolou on ultimate pace, the Briton crossing the line with a 2.403s advantage.

"The car felt mega so I'm really happy," said a delighted Christodolou. "We're moving forwards with every race so I'm just looking forward to getting back out for race three and hopefully making a good start."

Fortec's Harry Tincknell survived a few self-confessed errors in the latter stages of the 13 lap encounter to secure his maiden British F3 podium result, whilst Jazeman Jaafar was the quickest Carlin finisher in fourth place - leading home team-mates Felipe Nasr and Carlos Huertas. Fellow Carlin drivers Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Jack Harvey finished eighth and tenth respectively.

Race one winner Lucas Foresti finished seventh after pushing Huertas all the way to the line, whilst Australian Scott Pye was the quickest Double R driver in ninth place.

Pole-sitter Magnussen's race went from bad to worse when, after making up a handful of places, he took a trip through the pit lane with two laps remaining to find some clear air in which to set the fastest lap time of the race. This tactic did not pay off however, as Fantin set the overall fastest lap, and the pit lane excursion dropped Magnussen back to eighteenth place, behind Rookie Class winner T-Sport's Bart Hylkema.

There were two retirements; Menasheh Idafar went off at Shell Oils Corner on the opening lap, whilst Kotaru Sakurai crashed in the same place on the last lap.

Race three will take place at 2.35pm, with Carlins Felipe Nasr starting from pole position.

Cooper Tires British F3 International Series, Oulton Park, race two:
1. Riki Christodoulou (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), 13 laps
2. Pietro Fantin (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +2.403s
3. Harry Tincknell (Fortec Dallara-Mercedes), +9.135s
4. Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +10.449s
5. Felipe Nasr (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +11.316s
6. Carlos Huertas (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +12.589s
7. Lucas Foresti (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +13.172s
8. Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +17.690s
9. Scott Pye (Double R Dallara-Mercedes), +18.370s
10. Jack Harvey (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +21.904s

Tickets for the British G3 and GT Championships at Oulton Park on Easter Monday (25 April) are available on the gate for £21 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.