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Kush Maini earns Hitech GP its first British F3 win of 2020

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Hitech GP’s Kush Maini took his first BRDC British Formula 3 win of 2020 at Brands Hatch after surviving an early safety car period.

Maini started on pole and led from the off as fellow front row starter Ayrton Simmons appeared to get stuck in gear. Fortunately, nobody hit the Chris Dittmann Racing stand-in who took to the pitlane via a shortcut.

The leader opened up a small margin over Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse De Pauw before the safety car was called out at the end of the first lap due to De Pauw’s team-mate Manaf Hijjawi stopping before the final corner.

Maini had to resist de Paew on the restart, but overtaking was difficult even when De Pauw stuck to Maini’s gearbox and the Indian took the current iteration of Hitech’s first British F3 win.

Double R Racing’s Louis Foster rounded out the podium ahead of Douglas’s Kiern Jewiss.

There was not much action in the middle of the pack until the final lap, when Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol inherited fifth after Lanan Racing’s Bart Horsten got airborne on the GP loop.

Horsten was able to slot into seventh behind CDR’s Josh Skelton, while Carlin’s Nazim Azman, Hitech’s Reece Ushijima and Double R’s Benjamin Pedersen went three-wide to the finish line.

After a miserable weekend, Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick ended up 11th ahead of Hillspeed’s Oliver Clarke, and Lanan duo Josh Mason and Piers Prior – who traded places at the rear of the pack several times in the race.

Frederick has now dropped to fifth in the points, with Maini in a comfortable lead over Jewiss. Skelton and Foster have risen to a closely matched third and fourth in the standings.

 

Race results (12 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Kush Maini Hitech GP 19m59.633s
2 Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport +0.782s
3 Louis Foster Double R Racing +4.994s
4 Kiern Jewiss Douglas Motorsport +5.645s
5 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed +7.849s
6 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing +9.448s
7 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing +10.362s
8 Nazim Azman Carlin +10.540s
9 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +10.644s
10 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing +11.610s
11 Kaylen Frederick Carlin +11.845s
12 Oliver Clarke Hillspeed +12.075s
13 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing +13.031s
14 Piers Prior Lanan Racing +14.205s
Ret Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing
Ret Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport
Fastest lap: Maini, 1m21.454s

Championship standings
1 Maini 227   2 Jewiss 198   3 Skelton 180   4 Foster 179   5 Frederick 178   6 Azman 168   7 De Pauw 149   8 Chaimongkol 141   9 Horsten 130   10 Pedersen 128