Jordan Cane secured his third victory of the season in a dramatic second race of the weekend at Donington Park. Fortec's Nicolai Kjaergaard had led the race from pole throughout, but was wiped out at Redgate on the final lap by an attacking Callan O'Keeffe.
Chase Owen secured his first podium of the year with second place, while James Pull secured second place in the championship with third.
Cameron Das was fourth and set the fastest lap of the weekend so far and will therefore start race three from pole, while race one winner Ben Hingeley was fifth. O'Keeffe ended the race in the pits and was therefore unclassified.
Champion Enaam Ahmed was sixth, ahead of Manuel Maldonado, with Guilherme Samaia, Alex Quinn and Pavan Ravishankar completing the top-10.
Kjaergaard started from pole position after yesterday's eighth place finish and made a good start to lead away on the first lap, rebuking an early attack from O'Keeffe. As the field filtered through the Craner Curves and the Old Hairpin, there was contact between Jeremy Wahome and Jamie Chadwick, with the pair spinning onto the grass but continuing.
Kjaergaard and O'Keeffe held position throughout the race, with the gap at around half a second, and O'Keeffe constantly applying pressure and looking to find a way past at either Melbourne or Goddards hairpins lap after lap. With a strong defence up front, the top-five runners of Kjaergaard, O'Keeffe, Cane, Owen and Pull were lapping almost as one, with the quintet separated by less than two seconds.
Starting the last lap, the lead pair were separated by just 0.223s and O'Keeffe made a move at Redgate, but succeeded in only nudging the race-long leader into the gravel and out of the race while damaging his own car and falling back through the order. It was cruel fortune for Kjaergaard, who had defended magnificently throughout the contest, and looked destined for not only his first podium, but his first win too.
The controversy allowed Cane to squeeze into the lead with just a handful of corners remaining, with Owen following through into second. Pull made his move on O'Keeffe for third at the Fogarty Esses, with O'Keeffe running across the grass and allowing Das through too, while Hingeley also found his way past before the chequered flag.
The results mean Pull is guaranteed second place in the championship standings, with Hingeley and Das also within striking range of securing third place.
The top-three were presented with their trophies on the podium by BRDC member Seb Morris, while Cane was also the recipient of the Raymond Mays Salver from the Donington Park Racing Association Club. The final race of the year takes place at 16.45.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Donington Park, race two result:
1. Jordan Cane, Douglas Motorsport, 12 laps
2. Chase Owen, Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing, +1.088s
3. James Pull, Carlin, +2.793s
4. Cameron Das, Carlin, +3.125s
5. Ben Hingeley, Fortec Motorsports, +6.752s
6. Enaam Ahmed, Carlin, +7.300s
7. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +9.006s
8. Guilherme Samaia, Double R Racing, +11.388s
9. Alex Quinn, Lanan Racing, +12.625s
10. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +17.438s
11. Jamie Chadwick, Double R Racing, +18.539s
12. Jeremy Wahome, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1m11.942s
DNF. Callan O'Keeffe, Douglas Motorsport
DNF. Nicolai Kjaergaard, Fortec Motorsports
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