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Mikkel Grundtvig beats Max Marzorati for maiden British F3 win

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Fortec Motorsports’ Mikkel Grundtvig took his first BRDC British Formula 3 win at Donington Park by overcoming Max Marzorati in the reversed grid race.

Chris Dittmann Racing’s Marzorati started second on the fully reversed grid, and cleared Douglas Motorsport’s pole-sitter Reema Juffali to take the lead.

From there he opening a gap to Grundtvig, who had moved up to second place on lap one, before the safety car came out on lap four of 12.

Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan, who won the first two races of the weekend, made contact with Hitech GP’s Reece Ushijima at the Melbourne Hairpin, which ended their races. Javier Sagrera also appeared to be involved, as he was way off the pack afterwards.

O’Sullivan’s car was retrieved quickly, and the race resumed one lap later. Marzorati initially pulled away from Grundtvig on the restart, but the Danw was able to come back and work his way into the lead at Redgate as the race neared half-distance.

Marzorati was unable to keep in touch and later found himself under pressure from Hitech’s Sebastian Alvarez over second.

Grundtvig, whose previous best result was fifth, opened up a lead to take his first British F3 win and podium.

Marzorati took second – also his best result – while Alvarez was denied a podium by a five-second track limits penalty. That place instead went to Elite Motorsport’s Tom Lebbon, who earned the most points for positions gained.

Douglas’s Dexter Patterson and Carlin’s Bryce Aron diced in the race and ended up fourth and fifth, ahead of series debutant Roman Bilinski.

Christian Mansell, Bart Horsten, Ayrton Simmons and the penalised Alvarez rounded out the top 10.

Horsten was excluded from race two for colliding with team-mate Ushijima and had to start at the back for race three.

It was a difficult race for Arden’s Alex Connor from the back. He ran wide on the run-up to McLeans after working his way to 12th. He got airborne and subsequently retired.

Juffali was on course for the top five before running wide on the penultimate lap and retiring.

Simmons started fourth, but was forced wide by team-mate Marzorati at McLeans. He dropped a few more places after another wide moment.

Jose Garfias was in the top 10 on the road but he too was penalised and dropped to 11th and the last of the train of cars. Roberto Faria finished 13th after a failed pass on Garfias towards the end, moments after passing Aron.

Race results (12 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports 18m29.029s
2 Max Marzorati Van Amersfoort Racing +1.928s
3 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport +2.744s
4 Dexter Patterson Douglas Motorsport +4.009s
5 Bryce Aron Carlin +4.508s
6 Roman Bilinski Arden +4.915s
7 Christian Mansell Carlin +5.746s
8 Bart Horsten Hitech GP +5.985s
9 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing +6.403s
10 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP +7.242s
11 Jose Garfias Elite Motorsport +8.634s
12 Javier Sagrera Elite Motorsport +9.342s
13 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports +49.251s
Ret Reema Juffali Douglas Motorsport
Ret Alex Connor Arden
Ret Zak O’Sullivan Carlin
Ret Reece Ushijima Hitech GP
Fastest lap: Sagrera, 1m25.047s

Championship standings
1
O’Sullivan 219   2 Ushijima 172   3 Connor 138   4 Mansell 132   5 Faria 124   6 Simmons 115   7 Sagrera 114   8 Lebbon 109   9 Horsten 107   10 Aron 91