Tincknell Leads Serralles Home In Second Norisring Encounter

Harry Tincknell - Photo Credit: F3 Euro Series Media

There was a 1-2 finish for British Formula 3 runners in the reverse-grid second race at the Norisring in Germany, as Harry Tincknell led Felix Serralles to victory.

Devonian racer Tincknell started from pole after finishing the first race of the day in eighth place, while Puerto Rican ace Serralles made a great start from fourth on the grid to move into second.

Fortec Motorsport man Serralles clung onto his Carlin-entered rival for the entire race but Tincknell held on to cross the finish line at the end of the 20 minute race four tenths of a second ahead.

“I am very happy with this victory,” said Tincknell after his second triumph of 2012.

“I was already happy when I had moved up from 15th to eighth place in race one. In this race, my plan was to make it through the first corner in first place, which I managed to do both after the start and after the re-start following the safety-car intervention. After that, I had to take care not to get off the line, because off the line, it was very slippery.”

Serralles said: “I was able to make up some positions at the start and slot in behind Harry. However, I never was close enough behind him to start a successful attack. But I am also happy with second place.”

Felix Rosenqvist held third place for much of the race, before he was re-passed by his less experienced Mucke Motorsport teammate Pascal Wehrlein – the German rookie finishing as the top Euro Series runner for the first time.

William Buller, who was the first classified finisher in the first race (albeit in second place), made up two places from his starting position to finish fifth, ahead of fellow British driver Tom Blomqvist.

Jack Harvey was the third British series runner home in seventh overall, enough to hand the Racing Steps Foundation man the championship lead as his title rivals again endured difficult races.

Erstwhile points leader Jazeman Jaafar, who Harvey ran into at the start of race one, again had contact with another car and could only manage 14th, seventh in the British category.

Carlos Sainz Jr meanwhile suffered his third consecutive non-finish after his car conked out exiting the second hairpin.

Harvey was followed across the line by fellow British series runners Pietro Fantin, Alex Lynn and Hannes van Asseldonk.

Following his disqualification from winning the first race, Daniel Juncadella made slow progress at the start but then charged through to 11th place – or fifth in the Euro Series as he remains at the head of the points in front of Buller – who's taken over second from Raffaele Marciello. The Italian failed to make as much progress up the order as his Prema teammate Juncadella and crossed the line 17th.