Piers Prior took a lights-to-flag victory in the second BRDC British Formula 3 race of the weekend at Oulton Park from reversed-grid pole position.
The Lanan Racing driver was kept under pressure by Hitech GP’s Kush Maini throughout the race but didn’t put a wheel wrong and finished 0.639s ahead to win on his debut weekend in the championship.
Further back, Bart Horsten and Benjamin Pedersen battled for the final podium position in the early stages of the race, before Horsten was able to pull clear of the Double R Racing driver and secure a one-three finish for Lanan.
Pedersen spent the remainder of the race defending against a train of drivers that led back through to P15 at one point.
Nicolas Varrone and Reece Ushijima, who fell backwards on the opening lap, pushed to try to find a way through, but Pedersen defended well and took fourth, 7.5s behind Horsten.
Hillspeed duo Oliver Clarke and Sasakorn Chaimongkol also ended the race in the Pedersen train, finishing seventh and eighth, while Guilherme Peixoto and Josh Skelton completed the top 10.
After a penalty in race one dropped him to the back of the field, Louis Foster hit more problems when he was forced to pit at the end of the lap one. The Double R team went to work at the back of his car, but he was unable to get back out.
Race one winner Kiern Jewiss climbed up to 13th just ahead of the man who won on track, Kaylen Frederick, who had to start the reversed-grid race from the back row despite the 10-second penalty he was awarded after race one.
Race results (13 laps)
|2||Kush Maini||Hitech GP||+0.639s|
|4||Benjamin Pedersen||Double R||+9.441s|
|5||Nico Varrone||Chris Dittmann Racing||+10.019s|
|6||Reece Ushijima||Hitech GP||+10.592s|
|10||Josh Skelton||Chris Dittmann Racing||+13.240s|
|11||Ulysse de Pauw||Douglas Motorsport||+14.308s|
|13||Kiern Jewiss||Douglas Motorsport||+16.569s|
|Ret||Manaf Hijjawi||Douglas Motorsport||+6 laps|
|Ret||Louis Foster||Double R||+12 laps|
|Fastest lap: Horsten, 1m31.522s