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Calado Takes Second Silverstone Win As Webb Is Bridesmaid Again

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James Calado claimed his second win of the weekend in round 6 of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series at Silverstone as the Carlin driver once again led home Fortec's Oli Webb to move to third in the championship.

On a track which had dried over the course of the day, Calado kept his fellow MSA backed driver at bay throughout, including after a safety car period while the stricken car of Luiz Razia was removed from the start-finish straight, and while Webb managed to get alongside on occasion, he couldn't make anything stick and followed Calado home for his fourth second place finish in the opening six races.

Calado got away well from pole position and was aided by Hitech's Will Buller getting up to second from the start and then serving as a buffer holding up the field, while Calado stretched out a lead. Buller would soon succumb to Webb though and would eventually drop down the order and finish in tenth position.

Behind the leading duo there was a great battle between Double R team-mates Daisuke Nakajima and Felipe Nasr, with Nakajima keeping the Brazilian at bay until a driveshaft problem saw him drop down the order before he was forced to retire late on after what had nonetheless been a very impressive weekend for the man from Japan.

Another great drive from Alexander Sims (ART) in the Invitational class saw the Briton come through the field from fourteenth on the grid to take fourth, ahead of the Carlin cars of Adriano Buzaid, championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne and Jazeman Jaafar.

James Cole rounded off a great weekend by taking another National class victory after T-Sport team-mate and class rival Menasheh Idafar couldn't recover sufficiently from an early clash with Ryo Haryanto to challenge the reigning Formula Ford UK champion.

Vergne takes a 12 point lead over Webb to his home round at Paul Ricard on the 22nd and 23rd of May, with Calado a further 13 back, while Cole leads the National class by 25.

Photo credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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