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CDR dominates British F3 at Brands, title contenders disqualified

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Chris Dittmann Racing claimed a one-two finish in the third BRDC British Formula 3 race at Brands Hatch, while two of the title contenders got disqualified.

The returning Ayrton Simmons and his CDR team-mate Josh Skelton started on the front row, and while Simmons raced off into the lead it was a poor launch for Skelton. He didn’t have to worry about losing ground for too long though, as a crash for Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse De Pauw at the final corner brought out the safety car.

That was signalled to the drivers as they started the second lap, a message that Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick and Lanan Racing’s Piers Prior missed as they crashed into Douglas’s Manaf Hijjawi at Graham Hill Bend. The race was red flagged, they were disqualified, and there was a long wait for action to begin again.

In the restarted fixture, Skelton made a far better start and shadowed his team-mate from lights to flag. An intense battle took place over the final podium spot, with Douglas’s Kiern Jewiss making a great move to initially claim the position, before Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol and Hitech GP’s Kush Maini struck back.

Maini claimed the position in the end, putting himself a clear first in the points as a result, with Chaimongkol and Jewiss finishing fourth and fifth. Jewiss moves into second in the points ahead of Frederick.

Double R Racing’s Louis Foster was sixth, with Lanan Racing’s Bart Horsten closing in on him late on but not getting close enough to challenge for the position.

 

Race results (10 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing 13m44.642s
2 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing +1.362s
3 Kush Maini Hitech GP +3.523s
4 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed +4.082s
5 Kiern Jewiss Douglas Motorsport +5.684s
6 Louis Foster Double R Racing +6.985s
7 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing +8.036s
8 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +9.607s
9 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing +10.817s
10 Nazim Azman Carlin +12.926s
11 Oliver Clarke Hillspeed +14.747s
12 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing +16.342s
Ret Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport
Ret Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport
DSQ Piers Prior Lanan Racing
DSQ Kaylen Frederick Carlin
Fastest lap: Simmons, 1m21.251s

Championship standings
1 Maini 192   2 Jewiss 177   3 Frederick 168   4 Skelton 163   5 Azman 155   6 Foster 155   7 Chaimongkol 122   8 De Pauw 120   9 Pedersen 117   10 Ushijima 115