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Red Bull Junior Team: British F3 Brands Hatch - Sainz Race 3 disaster

Classic Brands shot of Carlos sainz jr in his Carlin VW Red Bull


A disastrous 3rd race of the weekend at Brands Hatch saw Carlos Sainz jr. (ESP Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen) go off at Paddock Bend starting the first lap and end his Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Race 14 in the gravel trap. It was a 3 car incident also involving (Felix Serralles (PUR Fortec Dallara-Mercedes) and race 2 winner Pipo Derani (BRA Fortec Dallara-Mercedes). The Race 3 winner was Jack Harvey (GBR Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen).

Sunday's Feature Race, 30 laps of the Grand Prix circuit started with Harvey on pole ahead of Jazeman Jaafar (MAS Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), Harry Tincknell (GBR Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), Alex Lynn (GBR Fortec Dallara-Mercedes) and Red Bull Junior Sainz.

The pack disappeared over the rise into the first corner and it was clear that there was drama as the crowd were on their feet and the announcer called that Sainz, Derani and Serralles were all off at Paddock.

At the end of lap 1 Harvey held the lead from Jaafar, Tincknell and Lynn with no sign of Sainz or Derani. Serralles finally came round 40 seconds adrift and into the pits for repairs.

Harvey continued to lead, pressured by Jaafar as the pair opened a slight gap on Ticknell and Lynn.

The safety car had been out but that wasn't going to help Sainz. Serralles continued to circulate and was helped by the safety car, making up 30 seconds on each lap. So when they were released he was only 12 seconds behind 12th placed Goddard. But he was still not up to speed and with the green flag Serralles was losing ground again.

Harvey managed to defend consistently from Jaafar with Tincknell dropping back in 3rd and similarly managing to control 4th placed Lynn. Into the 2nd half of the race the pack was well spread out for the most part, the only interest was Serralles who had managed to get back in the groove and began to pick off some of the slower cars at the back of the field. 

By lap 21 Serralles was 10th and had his hands on a single point but then faced almost a 12 second gap to the man ahead so was unlikely to improve as he was only lapping 1 second quicker with 9 laps remaining. He was in luck though as Ilyas dropped back on the last lap and gave him 9th.

Harvey cruised to victory 9.574 seconds ahead of Jaafar with a similar distance then back to Tinknell who had withstood late pressure from Lynn.




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