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Cool Harvey soaks up pressure to win F3 race one at Brands Hatch

Saturday, June 23 2012

Jack Harvey has taken his third Cooper Tires British F3 International Series victory of 2012 at Brands Hatch today (Saturday), with a lights to flag win. However championship leader Jazeman Jaafar pushed him all the way and takes a useful haul of points. Alex Lynn was the top Fortec runner in third place after a race-long battle with Carlos Sainz Jr.

A rocket start from Lynn netted second place at Paddock Hill, after a touch of wheels, however Jaafar bravely hung on round the outside of Druids to retake the place as Harvey started to break away from the field. Over a second clear at the end of lap one, the gap was widened next time around before Jaafar settled down into the task ahead.

Jaafar's work was made easier by an attack on Lynn by Sainz, meanwhile Harry Tincknell held fifth from Nick McBride and Felix Serralles. Tincknell was increasingly becoming the odd man out in the race, lapping on his own as the others paired into battles, the key one being between the leading two, which was getting tighter by the lap.

As the gap between the leaders see-sawed, Sainz closed on Lynn but rather than the Fortec driver making a mistake, it was the Spaniard who faltered, losing half a second. However he regrouped, as did Jaafar and the two leading battles mirrored each other as the tension grew.

As the race wore on, the form of each of the top four drivers ebbed and flowed; as Jaafar and Sainz made progress in their attacks, so Harvey and Lynn fought back as tyre wear and the aerodynamic effect of following another car came into play.

Harvey looked to be equal to the challenge and kept Jaafar at a safe enough distance to not attempt a lunge. Sainz, however, was much closer to Lynn but not enough to influence the race result. Therefore Harvey took his third win of the year to boost his championship chances, with Jaafar taking useful points for second. A late attack from Sainz meant that he lost out to Lynn by a nose, whilst Tincknell completed his run to fifth.

Serralles took sixth from McBride, with Pietro Fantin eighth, Pipo Derani ninth and Geoff Uhrhane tenth from Fahmi Ilyas, with returnee Adderly Fong the National class winner from Spike Goddard.

Race two will take place at 11:00am tomorrow (Sunday), with Ilyas on pole position after 11th place was drawn in the grid ballot.

Cooper Tires British F3 International Series Race One

1, Jack Harvey, GBR, Carlin, 22 Laps
2, Jazeman Jaafar, MAS, Carlin, +0.527s
3, Alex Lynn, GBR, Fortec, +11.917s
4, Carlos Sainz Jr, ESP, Carlin, +12.175s
5, Harry Tincknell, GBR, Carlin, +23.108s
6, Felix Serralles, PUR, Fortec, +24.584s
7, Nick McBride, AUS, T-Sport, +28.724s
8, Pietro Fantin, BRA, Carlin, +34.494s
9, Pipo Derani, BRA, Fortec, +38.207s
10, Geoff Uhrhane, AUS, Double R, +41.193s

Tickets for the British F3/GT Championships at Brands Hatch on 23/24 June are available on the gate for £21 on Sunday, with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.