Jack Harvey sealed his first ever Formula 3 victory at the illustrious NÃ¼rburgring circuit on Sunday morning. The Carlin driver swept past pole-sitter Rupert Svendsen-Cook off the start line and into a controlled lead which he would never relinquish. A brief safety car period reeled the Englishman back towards his team-mate, but an intelligent restart kept Harvey clear of the threat from Svendsen-Cook. HiTech’s new signing for the NÃ¼rburgring Pedro Nunes came home an impressive 3rd to complete the podium.
Harvey took the lead from pole-sitter Svendsen-Cook before they arrived at the first corner, and his team-mate gave credit where it was due: “I had a great start, so Jack must have made an amazing one. After the safety car I nearly had Jack at the restart, but I couldn't get past him and then, all credit to him, he drove a really good race and made no mistakes.”
“I made a pretty good start and had a good first lap, establishing a bit of a gap between me and Rupert, and then the safety car came out, which made things a bit more interesting.” Harvey beamed afterwards, “After the restart I just got my head down and pushed as hard as I could and strung together some consistent laps.”
The safety car period in question was caused by a hefty first-lap crash between Fahmi Illyas and Pietro Fantin, the pair winding up broken and in the gravel. A 3-lap stint from the safety car left only 6 laps left of the short morning race, but there was more drama on the restart as 3rd-placed William Buller tangled with an attacking Antonio Felix Da Costa and was forced into retirement.
The incident cleared the road for HiTech’s Pedro Nunes, new for Rounds 13-15, who went past into 3rd place with Felipe Nasr in tow. Nunes advanced 5 places with an impressive start, which effectively earned him the last place on the podium. Championship leader Nasr pestered his fellow countryman right until the end, but Nunes managed to resist and crossed the line just 0.4 seconds ahead.
Jazeman Jaafar held off Round 13 winner Kevin Magnussen for 5th place, with the recovering Da Costa crossing the line in 7th. Harry Tincknell drove quietly to 8th ahead of the battling Pipo Derani and Scott Pye – the pair separated by just 0.4 seconds as they crossed the line.
In the Rookie Class, a late-lunge from Kotaro Sakurai nearly eliminated his rookie rival Bart Hylkema on the last lap, who had been leading the class for the entire race. The shunt from the chasing Sakurai relieved Hylkema of his rear wing, but he managed to continue on to the chequered flag to take his 10th rookie class victory of the season. “I made a mistake on the last lap,” said Bart, “and he got a tow on me on the back straight. But I didn't think he was close enough to make an attempt to pass, so I held my line and all of a sudden had a big hit in the back.”
British Formula 3 enjoys the headlining support of Cooper Tires and is additionally backed by Sunoco Racing Fuels, Anglo American Oil Company and OAMPS.
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Round 14, NÃ¼rburgring 3/7/2011
10 laps / 31.99 miles
Provisional results Championship class
1 Jack HARVEY, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 21m 18.954s
2 Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +2.800s
3 Pedro NUNES, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +6.910s
4 Felipe NASR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +7.319s
5 Jazeman JAAFAR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +10.021s
6 Kevin MAGNUSSEN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +10.820s
7 Antonio Felix da COSTA, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +11.443s
8 Harry TINCKNELL, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +14.181s
9 Pipo DERANI, Double R Dallara-Mercedes +16.009s
10 Scott PYE, Double R Dallara-Mercedes +16.439s etc
1 Bart HYLKEMA, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda +30.812s
2 Kotaro SAKURAI, Hitech Dallara-Mugen Honda +39.872s
Fastest lap Harvey 1m 54.831s
Full timesheets http://bit.ly/mvDuGy
Provisional championship standings
1 Nasr 176 points; 2 Lucas Foresti 111; 3 Jaafar 110; 4 Carlos Huertas 95; 5 Magnussen 87; 6 Svendsen-Cook 73 etc.
1 Hylkema 195; 2 Sakurai 143.