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Harvey makes it two out of three with dominant performance

Sunday, June 24 2012

Jack Harvey has taken a second win at Brands Hatch from championship rival Jazeman Jaafar and fellow Briton Harry Tincknell today (Sunday). The winner overcame early pressure from the Malaysian, following an incident that eliminated title contender Carlos Sainz Jr on lap one. He pulled away from the championship leader, winning by ten seconds.

Harvey made a fine start from pole position, with Jaafar a little tardy off the line. However a spin for Sainz also accounted for race two winner Pipo Derani and delayed Felix Serralles. At the end of lap one and as the safety car was called out, Harvey led Jaafar, Harry Tincknell, Alex Lynn, Pietro Fantin, Nick McBride, Hannes Van Asseldonk, Geoff Uhrhane, Fahmi Ilyas and Adderly Fong.

As the field settled back into the race after the restart, Serralles worked hard to catch up the rear of the field in the hope of making up places over the remaining 35 minutes. However the red mist had descended and his progress was as erratic as it was fast.

Meanwhile up front Harvey and Jaafar were pulling clear of Tincknell. The leaders traded fastest laps but whilst Harvey had a particularly keen interest on winning, Jaafar was safe in the knowledge that he had a comfortable points lead to protect.

Back in the pack, McBride and Van Asseldonk were enjoying a tussle for sixth place, which threatened to break up a comfortable order in the relatively long distance to the flag. Also about to provide action was the Fortec of Serralles, who had caught up with the National class runners by half-distance. Passing Duvashen Padayachee, his pace suggested that he would be able to make the top ten.

Taking Spike Goddard and Fong in the space of two laps, Serralles was left with a gap of eleven seconds to make up in as many minutes. With the best laptimes between the two suggesting this may be possible, the Puerto Rican was, however, unable to make much of a impression on the deficit, until Ilyas ran through the gravel on his way to the final lap. Seralles sensed a vital chance and took the place on the run to the line.

Meanwhile, Harvey stretched out his gap to Jaafar, who held a similar advantage over Tincknell to the flag. Lynn completed the race in fourth, from Fantin, McBride, Van Asseldonk, Uhrhane, Serralles and Ilyas.

Cooper Tires British F3 International Series Race Three

1, Jack Harvey, GBR, Carlin, 30 Laps
2, Jazeman Jaafar, MAS, Carlin, +9.574s
3, Harry Tincknell, GBR, Carlin, +19.246s
4, Alex Lynn, GBR, Fortec, +19.806s
5, Pietro Fantin, BRA, Carlin, +30.700s
6, Nick McBride, AUS, T-Sport, +40.541s
7, Hannes Van Asseldonk, NED, Fortec, +41.400s
8, Geoff Uhrhane, AUS, Double R, +51.096s
9, Felix Serralles, PUR, Fortec, +1:02.228s
10, Fahmi Ilyas, MAS, Double R, +1:02.261s

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