Douglas Motorsport's Kiern Jewiss took advantage of a great start to claim his first BRDC British F3 race win of the year, holding off intense pressure from Fortec's Johnathan Hoggard throughout to claim victory by less than three tenths of a second.
Polesitter Hoggard was second, with Jewiss' teammate Ulysse De Pauw claiming his second podium of the year with third place. Championship leader Clement Novalak was fourth for Carlin ahead of Kaylen Frederick, who endured race long pressure from Chris Dittmann Racing's Ayrton Simmons, who took sixth.
Double R's Neil Verhagen fended off Hillspeed's Sasakorn Chaimongkol, with Carlin's Lucas Petersson and Double R's Hampus Ericsson completing the top-10.
The crucial move came right at the start, as second place starter Jewiss made the better getaway and jumped Hoggard around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend, while De Pauw squeezed past Novalak into third.
From there it was a case of Jewiss managing the pressure, with Hoggard tucked right up behind for the duration of the race, with the gap barely extending above four tenths of a second throughout the contest. On a couple of occasions, Hoggard feigned an overtaking move, notably at Clearways and on the approach to Hawthorns, where he almost had the car alongside Jewiss, but the reigning British F4 champion held his nerve to take his maiden British F3 win by just 0.292s.
De Pauw in third faced similar pressure from Novalak behind, and finished over 1.5 seconds behind the lead duo, though he did close up slightly in the latter stages, having been over two seconds back at the two thirds distance. Novalak was right behind him throughout the contest, but was unable to force a way by and played it safe to maintain a decent championship advantage.
Frederick finished almost three seconds further back, as he fended off the race long attentions of Simmons, who ultimately finished 0.290s behind as he lost further ground in the championship fight.
Verhagen was over seven seconds further back for Double R, and less than three tenths clear of Chaimongkol after another race long squabble, while Petersson was also close behind, finishing 0.4 seconds shy and only a couple of tenths clear of Ericsson.
The result means that Hoggard is now just 40 points behind Novalak in the title race, with six races remaining.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Brands Hatch race three result:
1. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, 14 laps
2. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, +0.292s
3. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +1.868s
4. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +2.169s
5. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +5.030s
6. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +5.320s
7. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +12.801s
8. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +13.086s
9. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +13.493s
10. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +13.775s
11. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +22.679s
12. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +23.522s
13. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +25.290s
14. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +25.406s
15. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +1 lap
DNF. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, 6 laps completed
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