British F3

Return to Form sees Kjaergaard Take Third Win

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Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

A first win since May allows Nicolai Kjaergaard to remain in BRDC British F3 Championship contention, leading from start to finish at Brands Hatch GP.

With the majority of drivers fastest times set in yesterday’s race one, it would be the same top three on the grid as the inaugural podium. The order was hardly the same though, with Nicolai Kjaergaard leading the field away on the opening lap.

Jamie Caroline had started third, but another lightning start saw him leapfrog Linus Lundqvist and turn his attention to his Carlin teammate. The pair continued to lower the fastest lap as the top six started to break away from the rest of the field.

The performance of the Carlin’s continued to be evident as all four cars ran within the top six. This record was broken though as a spin for Sun Yue Yang at Clearways cemented a mixed weekend for the Renault Development driver.

In the end, it was a comfortable victory for Kjaergaard, setting the fastest lap and crossing the line just 0.4 seconds ahead of Caroline, with Lundqvist third.

The mistake from Sun meant that Tom Gamble was promoted to fourth ahead of Billy Monger. The Fortec Motorsports driver had struggled with race pace all weekend, failing to appear on the podium. Eventually, he’d drop away from the leading trio, allowing Kush Maini to catch in the latter stages.

An anonymous weekend for Manuel Maldonado ended with a seventh place, after a race under severe pressure from race two runner-up Krishnaraaj Mahadik. The Hillspeed pair of Josuf Owega and Sasakorn Chaimongkol rounded out the top ten.

“We’ve had such good pace this weekend, so I’m happy I got a strong start,” said Kjaergaard. “We really wanted to win, it feels so much better than just podium, especially when we’ve already won this season. So I’m really pleased with the result.

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