British F3 - Hoggard hammers home to second Donington victory

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Hoggard hammers home to second Donington victory

Hoggard hammers home to second Donington victory

Sunday 23 June 2019

Fortec Motorsports driver Johnathan Hoggard claimed his second win of the weekend with a superb drive in the final race of the weekend at Donington Park.

Hoggard controlled the race from lights to flag to take the win four seconds clear of Douglas Motorsport's Ulysse De Pauw, with Sasakorn Chaimongkol third for Hillspeed. Championship leader Clement Novalak claimed fourth, half a second behind the podium trio, with Nazim Azman taking an excellent fifth place for Chris Dittmann Racing.

Kiern Jewiss claimed sixth for Douglas Motorsport ahead of Double R's Neil Verhagen, with Hampus Ericsson, Manuel Maldonado and Benjamin Pedersen completing the top-10.

Pole sitter Hoggard made a good start to lead the pack to Redgate with De Pauw holding second and Novalak climbing to third, taking advantage of an issue for third place starter Kaylen Frederick who pitted at the end of lap one. 

Chaimongkol though, despite battling with the flu, was in fired up mood. Starting sixth he was up to fourth mid way round the opening lap and then found a way past the championship leader. Hoggard held a lead of almost a second at the end of the first lap, with Chaimongkol looking to challenge the Belgian driver just ahead. 

Hoggard maintained the margin on lap two, but then began to build an advantage, extending the lead to 1.5 seconds by the halfway point. From there he began operating a few tenths quicker than De Pauw, claiming his fourth win of the year by just over four seconds. 

The battle was on behind him though, with De Pauw heading a string of cars never more than a few tenths of a second away from each other.  The Douglas Motorsport driver claimed his first British F3 podium by just eight tenths over Chaimongkol, with the Thai driver claiming his first podium of the year for Hillspeed. Novalak in turn was just a few car lengths away from the podium, with Azman keeping a watching brief throughout and finishing less than half a second behind the Carlin driver, having started eighth on the grid.

Reigning F4 champion Jewiss was another in the train, finishing less than four tenths of a second behind Jewiss and 0.411s clear of Double R's Neil Verhagen. Teammate Ericsson in eighth was six seconds further back, with Fortec's Maldonado and Douglas Motorsport's Pedersen around a second behind and completing the top-10.

Pavan Ravishankar claimed 11th for Double R, well clear of race two winner Josh Mason in his Lanan machine, with Lucas Petersson's Carlin the final finisher, despite pitting mid race to replace a damaged front wing. 

While there were good races for championship protagonists Hoggard and Novalak, Ayrton Simmons' hopes were dented after suffering an issue on lap three while in running in seventh place, having started in 10th. 

The top-three drivers on the podium were presented with their trophies on the podium by BRDC Member Tim Sugden. 

BRDC British F3 Championship, Donington Park race three provisional result:

1. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, 12 laps
2. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +4.004s
3. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +4.856s
4. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +5.447s
5. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +5.931s
6. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +6.321s
7. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +6.732s
8. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +13.164s
9. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +13.693s
10. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +14.224s
11. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +16.799s
12. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +23.083s
13. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +1m16.056s
DNF. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, 10 laps
DNF. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, 3 laps
DNF. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 3 laps

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