British F3 - Alumni news: Leist takes third Indy Lights win

Alumni news: Leist takes third Indy Lights win

Alumni news: Leist takes third Indy Lights win

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Reigning BRDC British F3 Champion Matheus Leist claimed his third Indy Lights victory of the season over the weekend, with a commanding performance at Iowa.

The Brazilian began the race in the lower reaches of the top-10, but following a full-course yellow, surged through the order. Two laps after the restart he was up to fourth, and then sliced into third a lap later after passing team mate Claman De Melo. On the next lap he took Kyle Kaiser for second and on lap 32 of the 100-lap race, stormed round the outside of Colton Herta at turn one.

Within just a handful of laps he had established a lead of 2.5 seconds, and was over six seconds ahead at the halfway mark. With the win in the bag, Leist was able to ease off to claim his third triumph in four races to sit second in the championship standings, just 12 points behind Kaiser. Leist has now won twice on Ovals, with this win complimenting his success at Indianapolis, while also taking victory on the Road America circuit.

Meanwhile, BRDC F4 alumnis George Russell and Raoul Hyman both secured wins in the F1-supporting GP3 Series over the weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Russell's victory came from pole position, with the Brit controlling the race and seeing off a challenge from Jack Aitken to move into the championship lead. Hyman meanwhile also started from pole for Sunday's race, and was never seriously challenged for victory, finishing almost a second ahead of Giuliano Alesi. 

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