Hingeley Claims Reverse Grid Honours at Silverstone

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It was a second win of the year for Ben Hingeley, who will close in on the BRDC British F3 championship lead thanks to a disastrous event for some of his rivals. The Silverstone circuit threw up a number of surprises during the reverse grid encounter with Enaam Ahmed only finishing fifth.

The results from Saturday saw Manuel Maldonado start on pole alongside Fortec Motorsport teammate Nicolai Kjaergaard. Both would sacrifice the race lead to the third car of Hingeley though, with the team briefly running a 1-2-3.

Sadly this would be short-lived as Kjaergaard broke front wing, soon dropping back throughout the field and pitting. Maldonado meanwhile, initially held second – hounded by James Pull – as Hingeley broke away.

Pull was not prepared to hold back though, with the Carlin driver out-dragging Maldonado into the first corner, taking second on the third lap.

Behind them, Ahmed was finally making progress, getting past the poor starting Cameron Das. Ahmed had initially dropped places at the start and found himself down on momentum in the second half as Carlin attempted a comeback.

Maldonado found himself moving backwards throughout the race, failing to hold on to a podium, with Toby Sowery and Callan O’Keeffe providing no competition.

As the race drew to a close, Sowery caught Pull, taking second place into Brooklands on the final lap after a number of laps of intense jostling between the pair.

Up front, Hingeley took the win by almost two seconds with Sowery and a disappointed Pull completing the podium. O’Keeffe would once again claim a quiet fourth as Ahmed recovered towards the end to secure a top five position.

After starting up front, Maldonado would be frustrated with sixth, though still recorded his best result of the year. Meanwhile, Das led Jeremy Wahome over the line, as Guilherme Samaia, who spun on the formation lap and had a 10 second penalty still recorded ninth from Chase Owen.