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Vergne’s Perfect Race Completes Carlin’s Oulton Sweep

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Jean-Eric Vergne took a perfect score in their final race of the opening British Formula 3 International Series taking second win of the weekend and fastest lap in a lights-to-flag victory. The result saw him take the lead in the embryonic points table and complete a sweep of all three races for the six car Carlin stable.

“It was a really good race,” said Vergne. “I pushed hard until the middle of the race and then eased off and tried hard not to make any mistakes. It was enough and I’m really happy.”

In a similar performance to race one the Frenchman jumped into the lead from pole position fending off the challenge of Oli Webb who jumped into second place from the start at the expense of Colombian Carlos Huertas who stalled his RR entry on the line.

Webb followed the Red Bull sponsored car half a second behind, before a mistake on lap four saw the gap increase by a second, an ultimately insurmountable deficit for the young British driver to make up.

“If I hadn’t had the moment I did on lap four, which caused a massive gap, we could have challenged for the lead,” lamented Webb post-race. “We definitely had the quicker car. The problem was I was trying a bit too hard and got on the kerbs, and lost a bit of time.”

Webb's second runner-up spot of the weekend, together with his eighth place in race two saw Webb slip into second place in the championship ahead of Rupert Svendsen-Cook who capped off a successful debut weekend with a third place to add to his reverse grid race win earlier in the day.

The third race, the longest of the weekend for the F3 runners at 26 laps also saw a few drivers find solace after troubled weekends.

Gabriel Dias, who was forced to retire from race two after starting pole finished fourth while James Calado and Jay Bridger picked up their first points of the weekend by finishing sixth and eighth respectively.

The National Class saw another driver take glory after previously (relatively) barren weekends, James Cole coming out on top in the class after Menasheh Idafar, his only opponent in the class, failed to complete even a single lap.

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