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Frederick dominates final Donington BRDC British F3 race

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Kaylen Frederick claimed a dominant victory in the final BRDC British Formula 3 race of the weekend at Donington Park.

Frederick was untouchable throughout the 18-lap affair and finished more than 15 seconds ahead of the next closest driver.

After fending off Hillspeed team-mate Sasakorn Chaimongkol in the opening laps, Oliver Clarke looked set for his best ever finish in the championship. He held second place comfortably, but a mechanical issue on the final lap caused him to slow to a stop.

Frederick’s lead doubled as Clarke retired and Chaimongkol picked up the runner-up position.

The result allowed Carlin’s Frederick to extend his championship lead over Kush Maini, who finished third.

Maini was the man on the move during the race. A difficult qualifying put him ninth on the grid and he immediately set about moving forward. By the second half of the race, he was running fourth, close behind Chaimongkol, who was leading a train of cars in the battle for what was then third.

Despite the pressure, Chaimongkol didn’t put a wheel wrong and held off Maini to take second.

Roberto Faria finished fourth on the road but a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits dropped him down the order. Piers Prior also received the same penalty.

Louis Foster inherited fourth ahead of Benjamin Pedersen, Nazim Azman and Bart Horsten.

A difficult opening lap dropped Ulysse de Pauw down the order. He was able to make up a few positions late on, but could only climb back up to eighth, ahead of the penalised Faria and Josh Skelton, who started from the pits after an apparent issue on the green flag lap.

Race results (18 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 18m58.357s
2 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed +15.103s
3 Kush Maini Hitech GP +15.412s
4 Louis Foster Double R Racing +16.549s
5 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing +17.304s
6 Nazim Azman Carlin +17.994s
7 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing +18.765s
8 Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport +19.847s
9 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports +20.854s
10 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing +21.166s
11 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing +24.082s
12 Piers Prior Lanan Racing +24.344s
13 Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport +28.264s
14 Max Marzorati Chris Dittmann Racing +29.993s
Ret Oliver Clarke Hillspeed
Ret Reece Ushijima Hitech GP
Fastest lap: Frederick, 1m02.677s

Championship standings
1 Frederick 420   2 Maini 407   3 De Pauw 378   4 Foster 353   5 Azman 331   6 Skelton 283   7 Chaimongkol 276   8 Pedersen 264   9 Clarke 251   10 Horsten 250