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King keeps Buller at bay to win final British F3 race of 2013

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Photo: British F3 International Series

Newly-crowned British F3 champion Jordan King has finished his campaign in the series on a high note, taking a confident victory from pole position in race three at Nurburgring.

Fellow front row starter Will Buller was on King’s tail for most of the race, but found no opportunity to overtake, eventually settling for second place. Double R’s Antonio Giovinazzi rounded out the top three, securing second place in the championship by one point.

Carlin’s Nicholas Latifi and Fortec’s Alfonso Celis rounded out the top five, with the Mexican keeping both Jann Mardenborough and Felipe Guimaraes behind, after an early-lap incident between the duo forced them to fight their way back up the field.

Tatiana Calderon finished eighth, ahead of National Class winner Sun Zheng and his rival Chris Vlok. Sean Gelael had to do with 11th after being spun around by Spike Goddard, with the latter finishing 13th behind William Barbosa after a drive-through penalty.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Cl. Time/Gap
1 Jordan King Carlin INT 17 laps in 31:23.299
2 William Buller Fortec INT +1.398
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Racing INT +9.389
4 Nicholas Latifi Carlin INT +10.385
5 Alfonso Celis Fortec INT +39.748
6 Jann Mardenborough Carlin INT +40.325
7 Felipe Guimaraes Fortec INT +41.208
8 Tatiana Calderon Double R Racing INT +53.664
9 Zheng Sun CF Racing NAT +1:10.004
10 Chris Vlok Team West-Tec NAT +1:29.809
11 Sean Gelael Double R Racing INT +1:35.802
12 William Barbosa Team West-Tec NAT +1 lap
13 Spike Goddard ThreeBond/T-Sport INT +1 lap
Championship standings
Pos. Driver Team Pts.
1 Jordan King Carlin 176
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Racing 135
3 William Buller Fortec 134
4 Felipe Guimaraes Fortec 109
5 Nicholas Latifi Carlin 97
6 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 85
7 Tatiana Calderon Double R Racing 79
8 Sean Gelael Double R Racing 78
9 Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 58
10 Felix Serralles Fortec 15
11 Alfonso Celis Fortec 15
12 Spike Goddard ThreeBond/T-Sport 14
13 Zhi Cong Li Carlin 7