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Maini extends British F3 lead at Donington with his second 2020 win

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Hitech GP’s Kush Maini took victory in the third BRDC British Formula 3 race of the weekend after taking the lead on the opening lap at Donington Park.

The race was delayed after Douglas Motorsport’s Manaf Hijjawi suffered a mechanical issue on the formation lap, resulting in the race also being reduced to 11 laps.

Maini started alongside Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick on the front row and took the lead with a bold move down the inside into Mcleans.

It got worse for Frederick, who found himself behind Douglas’s Ulysse De Pauw later on the opening lap.

From there, Maini was able to open up a small gap from De Pauw, who found himself under pressure for much of the second half of the race from Frederick.

Maini was able to come out on top by just under three seconds at the flag from De Pauw, who is now up to fourth in the points ahead of his team-mate Kiern Jewiss.

Carlin’s Nazim Azman rounded out the podium after a five-second time penalty awarded to Frederick.

Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol came fifth, despite being forced onto the grass off the line by De Pauw.

Hitech’s Reece Ushijima was sixth after a late move on Jewiss, who ended up eighth after also being passed by Lanan Racing’s Bart Horsten with a dummy into Redgate.

Double R Racing’s Benjamin Pedersen and Fortec Motorsports debutant Frank Bird rounded out the top 10.

Joining Hijjawi as a non-finisher was Lanan’s Piers Prior who retired early on with an issue, while Hillspeed’s Oliver Clarke and Chris Dittmann Racing’s Josh Skelton both made trips down pitlane for repairs.

 

Race results (11 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Kush Maini Double R Racing 15m48.539s
2 Ulysse De Pauw Douglas Motorsport +2.771s
3 Nazim Azman Carlin +7.303s
4 Kaylen Frederick Carlin +8.130s
5 Sasakorn Chaimongkol Hillspeed +8.291s
6 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +11.669s
7 Bart Horsten Lanan Racing +13.103s
8 Kiern Jewiss Douglas Motorsport +14.314s
9 Benjamin Pedersen Double R Racing +14.799s
10 Frank Bird Fortec Motorsports +19.081s
11 Louis Foster Double R Racing +20.051s
12 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports +20.487s
13 Joshua Mason Lanan Racing +24.631s
14 Alex Fores Chris Dittmann Racing +25.865s
15 Josh Skelton Chris Dittmann Racing +1 lap
16 Oliver Clarke Hillspeed +1 lap
Ret Piers Prior Lanan Racing
Ret Manaf Hijjawi Douglas Motorsport
Fastest lap: Frederick, 1m25.419s

Championship standings
1 Maini 296   2 Frederick 242   3 Foster 224   4 De Pauw 220   5 Jewiss 215   6 Azman 213   7 Skelton 204   8 Ushijima 175   9 Chaimongkol 172   10 Horsten 166