Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick was a comfortable victor in the first BRDC British Formula 3 race of the final weekend at Silverstone, beating JHR Developments’ Ayrton Simmons.
Frederick, championship leader coming into the event, started on pole alongside title rival Kush Maini.
An aggressive start delayed the Hitech GP driver and dropped him down the order, which allowed Simmons to vault into second position. Frederick, however, was able to open a gap lapping, on average, a second quicker than Simmons.
His gap was destroyed when a collision between Hitech’s Reece Ushijima and title contender Ulysse de Pauw brought out the safety car. The pair had been the closest fight in the top half of the field for much of the race until that point.
Ushijima and de Pauw made contact on lap six of 10 while battling over fourth, leaving the Douglas Motorsport driver with a broken wheel and Ushijima with damage that hindered his progress.
With two laps to go, racing resumed, and Frederick repeated what he did in the first phase of the race. Once again, he lapped quicker than Simmons by more than a second a lap to win by 2.608s.
Maini consolidated third to round out the podium in a quiet race for the championship contender.
Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria capitalised on the de Pauw/Ushijima contact to take fourth after a difficult opening lap where he dropped to sixth.
Double R Racing’s Louis Foster was another to capitalise, finishing fifth ahead of Hillspeed’s Oliver Clarke, who put a late move around the outside of Ushijima to take sixth on the final tour.
Chris Dittmann Racing’s Josh Skelton, Lanan Racing’s Bart Horsten and Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol rounded out the top 10.
Title outsider Nazim Azman finished 12th behind Piers Prior and is now out of championship contention.
The best battles in the race were towards the back of the field. Lanan’s Josh Mason and CDR’s Max Marzorati dropped both down the order in the race’s final moments, with the pair taking the front row for race two’s fully reversed grid after finishing 17th and 18th respectively.
Race results (10 laps)
|2||Ayrton Simmons||JHR Developments||+2.608s|
|3||Kush Maini||Hitech GP||+3.834s|
|4||Roberto Faria||Fortec Motorsports||+4.857s|
|5||Louis Foster||Double R Racing||+6.127s|
|7||Reece Ushijima||Hitech GP||+7.398s|
|8||Josh Skelton||Chris Dittmann Racing||+8.126s|
|9||Bart Horsten||Lanan Racing||+9.664s|
|11||Piers Prior||Lanan Racing||+10.713s|
|13||Carter Williams||JHR Developments||+13.883s|
|14||Jonny Wilkinson||Fortec Motorsports||+15.095s|
|15||Manaf Hijjawi||Douglas Motorsport||+18.174s|
|16||Benjamin Pedersen||Double R Racing||+18.466s|
|17||Joshua Mason||Lanan Racing||+24.881s|
|18||Max Marzorati||Chris Dittmann Racing||+24.963s|
|Ret||Ulysse De Pauw||Douglas Motorsport|
|Fastest lap: Frederick, 1m54.606s