After a somewhat up-and-down weekend, Jordan King ended the opening Cooper Tires British F3 International Series round in the best manner by claiming maximum points in a tight third race at Silverstone.
The Carlin driver made no repeat of his race one start from the front-row but still had to defend his second place behind the pole-sitter, John Bryant-Meisner, King being muscled down to fourth by the Fortec duo of Will Buller and Felix Serralles as King and Buller fought side-by-side through the quick Maggotts/Becketts sweepers for the first time.
However, the Fortec pits would have their heads in their hands moments later when Serralles attacked his team-mate for second heading down into Brooklands, the pair squeezing each other and making contact that sent the Puerto Rican over Buller’s rear wheel and spinning into retirement, King sailing back through into second place.
The Brit then began his pursuit of German F3 invitational driver Bryant Meisner for the win, the Carlin driver slowly chipping into a once three-second lead for the Swedish driver. That gap went down to as low as under a second with only a few minutes of the half-hour race remaining, but King could not quite get close enough to attack the Performance Racing Europe driver.
Bryant-Meisner made it a second win of the weekend on the road, but King claimed maximum points for the British F3 International class by finishing just over a second adrift, Buller hanging onto third place a further two seconds back – amazingly without any serious damage from the earlier skirmish with Serralles.
Jann Mardenborough took his first podium with a fine drive after recovering from being briefly edged off the road at Club on the first lap of the race, the British single-seater convert finishing ahead of his Carlin team-mate Nicholas Latifi who again showed his pace as the Canadian carved through from 12th on the grid to finish fifth on the road.
Felipe Guimaraes was next up ahead of the battling Double R duo, Antonio Giovinazzi making the move on team-mate Sean Gelael late in the closing laps as the pair narrowly avoided repeating Fortec’s incident heading into Brooklands.
Ed Jones made it a hat-trick of National class wins meanwhile, the West-Tec driver wrapping up his least dramatic win of the weekend to take maximum class points ahead of nearest rival Sun Zheng, Cameron Twynham again fighting his way onto the class podium for the third time in the weekend.
The series heads to Spa-Francorchamps on July 25-27, with Buller leading the championship by 21 points from team-mate Guimaraes, King leaping up to third thanks to his race three win.