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Varrone closes in on title in F3 iRacing championship thriller

Sunday, June 07 2020

Chris Dittmann Racing's Nico Varrone moved closer to securing the inaugural British F3 iRacing Championship title with another starring performance at a virtual Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this evening (Sunday 7 June).

The Argentine and guest driver Jonny Adam both claimed wins, with Varrone dominating the opening contest and GT ace Adam doing the same in the reverse grid race two, despite plenty of carnage.

Varrone clinched his third win out of eight so far in the series, finishing over six seconds clear of Douglas Motorsport's Harrison Scott.

Scott put himself on the podium with a brave effort around the outside of teammate Ulysse De Pauw at Hawthorns on lap 12, and then moved into second after forcing Jake Dalton into an error at the same corner three laps later.

A crash at the final corner of the race meant Dalton lost his podium position, handing that to De Pauw, with Lanan Racing's championship challenger Piers Prior taking fourth ahead of Chris Dittman Racing's Kieran Vernon, and Oliver Clarke sixth for Hillspeed.

Josh Mason was just a tenth behind in seventh for Lanan, with independent driver Will Palmer eighth ahead of Carlin's Enaam Ahmed, with Lanan's Bart Horsten completing the top 10.

Guest driver Emmo Fittipaldi Jr, the 13-year-old son of F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi, was an impressive 12th in his first race.

The reverse grid race two again saw plenty of action, with a monstrous opening lap crash at Paddock Hill Bend wiping out several drivers, and several other incidents taking further drivers out of contention.

Guest driver Adam survived the carnage to lead the first lap from Douglas Motorsport's Callan O'Keeffe and Fortec Motorsports' Ben Hingeley, while Varrone began his challenge by moving to 14th from 25th on the grid.

O'Keeffe closed down on Adam and began to challenge on lap three, but spun into the gravel at Surtees and dropped to sixth, leaving Adam well clear of Hingeley, who was running in second ahead of JHR's Carter Williams.

By the midway point, Hingeley was lapping quicker than Adam and putting the GT ace under pressure, but Adam was able to match his rival and prevent a meaningful attack, taking victory by 2.7 seconds from Hingeley, with Williams taking third.

Ahmed claimed fourth ahead of Scott, while Prior moved into sixth on the last lap at the expense of Kieran Vernon, dropping to eighth behind teammate Varrone, who secured seventh from the back of the grid, further strengthening his championship charge. Palmer and Lana's Josh Mason completed the race two top 10, with Palmer surviving several scares on his way to ninth.

British F3 iRacing Championship, Race 1 Round 4

  1. Nico Varrone  Chris Dittmann Racing  17 LAPS
  2. Harrison Scott  Douglas Motorsport  +6.049
  3. Ulysse de Pauw Douglas Motorsport  +7.153
  4. Piers Prior Lanan Racing  +7.305
  5. Kieran Vernon Chris Dittmann Racing  +7.657
  6. Oliver Clarke Hillspeed  +9.188

British F3 iRacing Championship, Race 2, Round 4 

  1. Jonny Adam Independent  17 LAPS
  2. Ben Hingeley  Fortec Motorsports  +2.735
  3. Carter Williams JHR Developments  +3.718
  4. Enaam Ahmed Carlin  +3.776
  5. Harrison Scott Douglas Motorsport  +4.360
  6. Piers Prior Lanan Racing  +8.225

The final round of the British F3 iRacing Championship takes place next Sunday with the concluding two races of the series at Donington Park. All the action, plus guests and championship presentations, can be viewed live on the official British F3 Facebook page and YouTube channel.