Giovinazzi Wins Second Silverstone Encounter

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Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi took his maiden British F3 victory in the reverse-grid second race of the weekend at Silverstone, beating race one winner Will Buller with a controlled drive.

The Double R driver made a superb jump from third on the grid to sweep around front row starts Sun Zheng and Ed Jones, the two National class rivals unable to defend their advantage from the quicker machines behind them as pole-sitter Zheng was shuffled down to the very back of the field having run wide at Becketts.

Giovinazzi’s team-mate Sean Gelael soon made it a Double R 1-2 by the end of the first lap, Jones cannily keeping clear of the faster International class machines as they picked him off cleanly, the West-Tec driver focusing solely on picking up a second National class win.

Fortec driver Buller was a man on the move having started seventh on the grid following his race one triumph on Saturday, working his way through to third place after a good opening lap, before chasing down Gelael and cleanly diving past the Indonesian teenager heading into Stowe corner to split the Double R boys.

The Brit tried to chase after the race leader but it proved to be no avail, Giovinazzi holding his own as he maintained a gap of around 2.5 seconds before cruising to the flag for his first win of the season.

His team-mate Gelael grabbed a second podium of the weekend in third to wrap up a good start to Sunday’s action for Double R, while behind there was an enticing fight over fourth spot.

The place was initially held by Double R’s third driver, Tatiana Calderon, but she was finally caught by a three-car battle between Felix Serralles and the Carlin cars of Nicholas Latifi and Jordan King, both charging through the field from 14th and 18th places respectively.

The trio worked their way into the top 10 and demoted Felipe Guimaraes – Serralles pulling off a superb move around the outside of his Fortec team-mate under braking for Brooklands – before all dispatching Calderon cleanly  as the race headed into its final 10 minutes. Latifi attacked race-one sparring partner Serralles into Club late in the race but ran too deep under braking, Serralles hanging onto fourth while Latifi fended off his own team-mate King for fifth, Calderon next up in seventh.

Guimaraes held onto eighth place in the end, having fought off the intentions of race one winner John Bryant-Meisner in a close fight that also involved Jann Mardenborough, Bryant-Meisner almost finding a way by Brazilian Guimaraes at Club but his lunge saw him drift slightly wide and allow his rival the cut back to reclaim the place.

Jones comfortably wrapped up the National class once again in 11th ahead of team-mate Roberto La Rocca, while Cameron Twynham beat Liam Venter in a fierce (but clean) dice for third in a West-Tec 1-2-3-4 ahead of the plunging Zheng, Alice Powell claiming National class B honours by finishing as she was the only class entrant at Silverstone.