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Guimaraes keeps a cool head to win second British F3 encounter

Sunday, August 11 2013

Felipe Lopes Guimaraes won the second Cooper Tires Formula 3 International Series race at Brands Hatch today (Sunday), after an event that was full of incident, with Will Buller and Nicolas Latifi handed penalties for a variety of transgressions.

At the start Buller made another lightning getaway from third on the grid but once again he was under investigation and therefore he took the opportunity to build a big lead over Guimaraes in second place. Jann Mardenborough assumed third from Antonio Giovinazzi, Jazeman Jaafar, Jordan King and polesitter Tatiana Calderon.

Sure enough Buller was given a drive-through penalty and with three laps in which to take his penalty, ensured that he had the maximum advantage over the rest. He entered the pitlane at the end of lap four and resumed in eighth place.

Now in the lead of the race, Guimaraes concentrated on managing the gap to Mardenborough, who was coming under attack from Giovinazzi. The top three were running ahead of race one rivals Jaafar and King whilst Buller worked on a plan to haul himself back up the order.

Buller passed Calderon for seventh place and with Latifi's attempts to stay ahead using all the track and more, he was given a five second penalty for exceeding track limits. Even so, Buller passed the Carlin driver for sixth place.

Next, Giovinazzi relieved Mardenborough of second place when the latter endured a moment at Sheene Curve, dropping him to fifth place ahead of the recovering Buller. However his progress was arrested by a five second penalty for the same transgression as Latifi.

Buller passed Mardenborough as Latifi picked up another penalty for exceeding track limits, this time 30 seconds, which dropped him further back. Buller also received the same penalty late on, thus ending his recovery drive. Thus Guimaraes ran home the winner from Giovinazzi, Jaafar and King. Ed Jones took the National Class honours in eighth place.

Race three will take place at 16:50 this afternoon.

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Race two
1, Felipe Lopes Guimaraes, Fortec, 23 Laps
2, Antonio Giovinazzi, Double R, +2.609s
3, Jazeman Jaafar, Carlin, +13.063s
4, Jordan King, Carlin, +17.290s
5, Jann Mardenborough, Carlin, +19.918s
6, Sean Gelael, Double R, +27.889s
7, Tatiana Calderon, Double R, +38.515s
8, Ed Jones, West-Tec, +44.396s
9, Will Buller, Fortec, +50.279s
10, Nicolas Latifi, Carlin, +1:00.390s

Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Brands Hatch on 11 August are available on the gate from £22, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.