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Hoggard takes Snetterton British F3 win after storming past Novalak

Saturday, May 18 2019

Fortec Motorsport's Johnathan Hoggard claimed his second consecutive BRDC British F3 win, with an excellent drive in the first race of the weekend at Snetterton, that included a mid-race pass on early leader and pole sitter Clement Novalak. 

Novalak and Hoggard made good starts from the front row, but with Hoggard on new tyres and Novalak on used rubber, Hoggard was able to keep the pressure on the Carlin driver in the early stages. He then made a pass stick at the Wilson hairpin on lap six and then pulled away comfortably to take the win.

Douglas Motorsport's Kiern Jewiss claimed his first British F3 podium with third place, while Double R's Hampus Ericsson claimed fourth after applying late pressure on the British driver. Ayrton Simmons made a flying start to take fifth having started sixth, passing Double R's Neil Verhagen on the run down to Riches on lap one.

Carlin's Kaylen Frederick claimed seventh ahead of Manuel Maldonado, who was just three tenths behind at the flag. Sasakorn Chaimongkol and Benjamin Pedersen completed the top-10.

At the start, there were strong getaways from the first four drivers, while Simmons made a strong start to pass Verhagen off the line and then challenge Jewiss on the run down to Riches. With the majority of the top-10 holding position, Lucas Petersson, who started ninth, plummeted down the order to the tail of the field, promoting Chaimongkol and Pedersen into the top-10.

Novalak led by just over two tenths of a second at the end of the first lap, with the Fortec tucked under the rear wing of the Carlin machine crossing the line. Novalak trebled his advantage to six tenths of a second on lap two, and maintained the advantage on lap three.

From there, Hoggard began to bring the gap down, with 0.427s covering the pair after lap four. Novalak was struggling with braking at the Wilson hairpin, and Hoggard capitalised on a moment on lap five to move into the lead. He immediately pulled away, holding a 1.347s lead after less than a lap at the front, and increased that to over two seconds at the end of lap six. 

Hoggard's margin was over three seconds at the end of the penultimate lap, and claimed the flag by 2.769s to take his second win of the year and close up the gap in the championship to five points.

Jewiss was unable to close down the gap to the leaders but still claimed his first British F3 podium, but had to withstand late pressure from Ericsson, who lapped within a second of the Douglas driver in the final few tours. 

The top three drivers were presented with their trophies on the podium by BRDC member and British GT driver Dino Zamparelli. The second race of the weekend at Snetterton takes place tomorrow morning (Sunday) at 9.55am, and will be live streamed on the BRDC British F3 website.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton race one result:

1. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, 10 laps
2. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +2.769s
3. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +4.997s
4. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +5.975s
5. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +6.806s
6. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +9.954s
7. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +11.086s
8. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +12.099s
9. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +13.637s
10. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +15.527s
11. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +18.154s
12. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +18.962s
13. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +19.710s
14. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +29.247s
15. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +29.615s
16. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +31.406s