British F3 - RACE TWO: O'Sullivan does the double at Donington

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RACE TWO: O'Sullivan does the double at Donington

RACE TWO: O'Sullivan does the double at Donington

Sunday 11 July 2021

Carlin's Zak O'Sullivan claimed his second victory of the weekend at Donington Park this morning (Sunday), leading from lights to flag from pole position, with the grid decided by each driver’s second fastest times in qualifying.

He faced a stern challenge this time around from Arden's Alex Connor, who shadowed him for much of the race and finished just over a second behind.

A late collision between Hitech GP teammates Reece Ushijima and Bart Horsten promoted Fortec's Roberto Faria to third ahead of Elite Motorsport's Javier Sagrera. 

Horsten had been running fourth until his collision with Ushijima, and dropped down to fifth, finishing just a third of a second behind the Spanish driver and seven tenths of a second clear of Arden's Roman Bilinski in sixth. 

O'Sullivan made another good start from pole position while Connor slotted in behind before attempting to go side-by-side through Redgate. That allowed Ushijima, starting third, to feign a move up the inside of the British driver, but the Arden youngster held firm, with the top four holding position around the first lap. The quartet then broke away from the pack as Faria found a way past Sagrera for fifth.

O’Sullivan held a lead of just over a second at the end of the first lap, but that’s as big as it got for a while, as Connor kept him firmly within his sight, while holding off pressure from the Hitech duo immediately behind.

Almost two and a half seconds covered the top-four at the end of the second lap, but Horsten was the pace setter in fourth place, with his speed concertinaing the group together until 1.5 seconds covered the quartet at the end of lap eight.

But a lap later it all came undone, as Horsten attempted a move up the inside of Goddards on his teammate, only for the pair to collide. Ushijima was out on the spot with rear suspension damage while Horsten was delayed and dropped behind Faria, who graciously climbed into the podium places.

That released O’Sullivan and Connor at the front; the Carlin driver had been just six tenths clear of Connor when the incident happened, but with the pressure seemingly released, was able to stretch his gap to 1.085s at the end of the race.

Connor’s second place is his second podium of the weekend and third in succession when including the final race at Silverstone, while Faria’s third place is his third such result of the season.

Behind the top-six, Christian Mansell was seventh for Carlin, almost three seconds clear of Douglas Motorsport’s Dexter Patterson, while Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons climbed from 13th on the grid to ninth. Hitech’s Sebastian Alvarez completed the top-10.

The final race of the weekend, the reverse grid encounter, is due to start at 15.40, with live streaming and timing available on the BRDC British F3 website.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Donington Park, race two provisional result:
1. Zak O’Sullivan, Carlin, 12 laps
2. Alex Connor, Arden Motorsport, +1.085s
3. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +4.436s
4. Javier Sagrera, Elite Motorsport, +6.112s
5. Bart Horsten, Hitech GP, +6.445s
6. Roman Bilinski, Arden Motorsport, +7.217s
7. Christian Mansell, Carlin, +7.588s
8. Dexter Patterson, Douglas Motorsport, +10.433s
9. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +10.602s
10. Sebastian Alvarez, Hitech GP, +12.287s
11. Tom Lebbon, Elite Motorsport, +13.304s
12. Bryce Aron, Carlin, +15.139s
13. Jose Garfias, Elite Motorsport, +19.505s
14. Mikkel Grundtvig, Fortec Motorsports, +20.067s
15. Max Marzorati, Chris Dittmann Racing, +20.504s
DNF. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, 8 laps completed
DNF. Reema Juffali, Douglas Motorsport, 5 laps

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