Felipe Guimaraes Takes Maiden F3 win


The second British F3 race at Brands Hatch saw a new winner in the form of Braizilian Felipe Guimaraes, while championship leader Will Buller suffered déjà vu in another race to forget.

The Fortec Motorsport pair started second and third on the grid behind Tatiana Calderon, the lady racer losing out badly with a slow start while Buller lost out once again for a start that proved to be in fact too good.

The British driver amazingly repeated his mistake in race one as he jumped the start from third to lead the first three laps by a comfortable cushion from his team-mate, Guimaraes soon gifted the lead as Buller served a drive-through penalty as his punishment.

From then it was an undramatic race for the lead Fortec car, Guimaraes pulling out a lead of five seconds thanks to a battle for second between Jann Mardenborough and Antonio Giovinazzi keeping his closest rivals occupied.

Mardenborough held on for 12 laps before making a crucial mistake at Sheene Curve, the wide moment costing the Welsh driver three spots down to fifth, allowing Giovinazzi to chase after the leader.

The Italian closed the gap to 2.6s by the flag, but that was not enough as Guimaraes took his maiden win in the championship, Jazeman Jaafar rounding out the podium.

Race one winner Jaafar moved up two places in the opening two corners from eighth on the grid to put himself in the mix, taking advantage of other’s misfortune to grab a second podium ahead of Carlin team-mates Jordan King and Mardenborough.

Fifth on the road went to the charging Buller after passing Mardenborough late in the race, but a 30-second penalty for disrespecting track limits added further woes to his race as he dropped to ninth behind Sean Gelael, Calderon and Ed Jones, ahead of Nicholas Latifi who suffered a similar penalty.

The result sees Buller’s lead trimmed to just eight points ahead of King, Giovinazzi now lying 12 adrift of the Fortec man with one race in Kent remaining.

Jones – recovering from the back after a clutch problem that cost him in race one – won the National class in dominant fashion meanwhile, catching and passing Sun Zheng to claim his fourth class win of the year.