Joshua Mason took his second BRDC British Formula 3 win at Donington Park as Clement Novalak extended his championship lead.
Lanan Racing driver Mason took one win in the wet at Silverstone last year, and his 13th place finish in the Donington Park Grand Prix opener meant he started second for the reversed grid race.
He slotted in behind poleman Pavan Ravishankar at the start, but when the Double R Racing driver locked up into Turn 1 on an early safety car restart he was able to claim the lead and didn’t look back thereon.
Two grassy moments for Chris Dittmann Racing’s Nazim Azman meant Manuel Maldonado took a fortuitous third place, although the Fortec Motorsports man was able to put pressure on Ravishankar late on.
Carlin’s Novalak finished fourth, battling through from the lower half of the grid as his title rivals took each other out.
Kaylen Frederick (Carlin), Kiern Jewiss (Douglas Motorsport) and Ayrton Simmons (CDR) clashed at the start of the race, with Simmons being sent across the grass and Frederick out of the race immediately. This was the cause of the early safety car, and left Jewiss, Simmons and title contender Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec) fighting at the back of the order.
Jewiss managed to escape his old British Formula 4 rivals, while an incident involving Simmons and Hoggard left the latter facing backwards in the gravel in the second half of the race. Simmons was able to finish the race in 14th, but the combination of fourth and the points gained for overtakes means Novalak now has a 40-point lead.
Race results (12 laps)
|1||Joshua Mason||Lanan Racing||19m34.355s|
|2||Pavan Ravishankar||Double R Racing||+0.525s|
|3||Manuel Maldonado||Fortec Motorsports||+0.660s|
|5||Benjamin Pedersen||Douglas Motorsport||+3.418s|
|6||Hampus Ericsson||Fortec Motorsports||+4.108s|
|7||Ulysse De Pauw||Douglas Motorsport||+4.602s|
|8||Neil Verhagen||Double R Racing||+6.237s|
|10||Kiern Jewiss||Douglas Motorsport||+7.344s|
|11||Nazim Azman||Chris Dittmann Racing||+11.551s|
|13||Kris Wright||Fortec Motorsports||+22.560s|
|14||Ayrton Simmons||Chris Dittmann Racing||+24.734s|
|Ret||Johnathan Hoggard||Fortec Motorsports|
|Fastest lap: Novalak, 1m25.574s