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De Pauw splashes to maiden BRDC British F3 win at Donington

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse De Pauw took his first victory in BRDC British Formula 3 after dominating the reversed-grid race in wet conditions at Donington Park.

De Pauw started on pole after a difficult race on Saturday and led the field from the start.

Debutant Max Marzorati started on the front row but had a sluggish start and only dropped back further through the field as the race progressed.

His JHR Developments team-mate Carter Williams started third and proved to be a bit more problematic to pass.

Douglas’s Manaf Hijjawi initially got his way past Williams only to spin off at the Old Hairpin almost immediately afterwards. Despite being well and truly stuck in the barriers, the safety car was not called as he was very much off-line.

In the meantime, De Pauw was able to open up a substantial gap – almost nine seconds at its peak.

After a challenging race yesterday, Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick started well from the midfield and decisively worked his way up the order.

He got into second place and started to chip away at De Pauw’s lead, but ran out of time to attempt a move for the lead.

Hillspeed’s Oliver Clarke took third, his first F3 podium, ahead of Lanan Racing’s Bart Horsten.

Benjamin Pedersen and Kush Maini rounded out the top six, with the latter making good progress from a lowly grid position and moving into second in the points behind Frederick.

Williams eventually dropped to ninth while Marzorati slipped right to the back and out of the points. Williams was passed by Louis Foster late-on in a fine move around the outside of McLean’s.

Carlin driver Guilherme Peixoto was shown the black flag for ignoring the mechanical flag after his front wing broke. He was running third at one point despite the damage.

 

Race results (12 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport 20m31.213s
2 Kaylen Frederick Carlin +2.140s
3 Oliver Clarke Hillspeed +10.614s
4 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing +12.181s
5 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing +12.491s
6 Kush Maini Hitech GP +15.775s
7 Nazim Azman Carlin +15.984s
8 Louis Foster Double R Racing +18.292s
9 Carter Williams JHR Developments +21.336s
10 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing +21.838s
11 Nico Varrone Chris Dittmann Racing +22.175s
12 Kiern Jewiss Douglas Motorsport +23.179s
13 Piers Prior Lanan Racing +26.778s
14 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing +27.200s
15 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +33.838s
16 Maz Marzorati JHR Developments +50.150s
17 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed +1m07.662s
Ret Guilherme Peixoto Carlin
Ret Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport
Fastest lap: Frederick, 1m40.058s

Championship standings
1
Frederick 126   2 Maini 108   3 Jewiss 104   4 Azman 100   5 Foster 98   6 Prior 86   7 Skelton 79   8 Clarke 75   9 Chaimongkol 71   10 Ushijima 70