Race three winner Nicolai Kjaergaard leaves Oulton Park this evening as the clear leader in this year's BRDC British F3 Championship, holding an 18 point advantage over nearest rival Linus Lundqvist.
With a full season of experience in the championship, and with the Dane almost clinching a win in the final weekend of 2017, Kjaergaard admits that the win was overdue, but is delighted to be leading the standings at the first opportunity: "It’s been a long wait but I’m really happy about it" he commented. "We’ve had a really strong weekend from practice right way through to the last race. We’ve had really strong pace, a great car from Carlin, and a first win in the first round of the year so I’m very happy and hopefully we can keep it up for the rest of the year."
Kjaergaard's win came in a very tricky third race, which started in wet conditions, with rain progressively getting stronger. He admits the race was difficult, but he felt as if he had proceedings under control with Tom Gamble in second not quite close enough to try a move: "The problem was I was the first driver to get to each corner every time so I had to pick out the braking points and the lines, whereas I think Gamble followed me which was difficult for me as it got wetter and wetter on each lap and no lap was the same, but still managed to keep in front.
"I was fairly comfortable, he didn’t really have a go at me. He was close all the way through but I don’t think he was in a position to make a lunge at any point so I was quite comfortable."
And with a strong weekend under his belt with a podium finish in race one as well as an 11 place gain in race two, finishing fourth, Kjaergaard is in bullish mood for the rest of the season: "I think we’ve shown that we’re definitely a contender for the championship, and if myself and Carlin can keep the work up which I’m sure we can, then we should be up at the front for every round. That’s the plan and hopefully we can aim for the championship. It’s early days but it’s been a good start.
"Hopefully we can keep this up for Rockingham, I know Carlin will have a strong car, so I’m really looking forward to the next round."
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