Carlin's Kaylen Frederick claimed his third win of the season in an enthralling third race of the weekend at Donington Park, with a gap of over 11 seconds to Chris Dittmann Racing's Josh Skelton in second, who pipped Hitech GP's Kush Maini right on the line after an epic battle.
Skelton's teammate Nico Varrone stormed from 14th on the grid to take fourth place ahead of Douglas Motorsport's Kiern Jewiss, with Double R's Louis Foster taking sixth having started second, but was never out of the podium reckoning thanks to the close battling. Foster's teammate Benjamin Pedersen was seventh ahead of Douglas Motorsport's race two winner Ulysse De Pauw, with Carlin's Guilherme Peixoto and Nazim Azman completing the top-10.
At the start, pole man Maini held off the advances of Frederick, who made a blinding start to pass front row man Foster, who slipped back to fifth behind Jewiss and Skelton, with both enjoying fast starts. Maini held a lead of eight tenths of a second at the end of lap one, but that was as big as it got for the Indian driver, with Frederick halving the margin next time around, and then taking the lead around the outside of Goddards on lap four.
Frederick then pulled away at lighting speed, lapping over a second quicker than anyone else to eventually take the flag by 11.112 seconds, the second biggest winning margin in BRDC British F3 since 2016.
While Frederick was in a race of his own, behind him was an exhibition in thrilling and clean wheel to wheel racing, with Maini initially holding second from Jewiss, but with Skelton and Foster in close company. Skelton moved into the podium places with a move on Jewiss on lap five, and the battle intensified from there as Foster also moved past Jewiss on lap six. Skelton was trying here there and everywhere to make a move on Maini, with attempted moves on the inside and outside at Melbourne and Goddards, and actually leading Maini across the line starting lap 10, only for Maini to repass at Redgate.
Their squabbling brought Jewiss and Foster back into play, with Varrone closing rapidly too after an awesome fight through the field, and joining the podium train on lap eight after moving past Pedersen.
Skelton and Maini continued to engage in battle royale, but on the last lap it looked as if Jewiss could challenge, only to jump over the chicane and lose position to Varrone, while freeing Skelton to make one last attempt on Maini. The British driver dived up the inside on the exit of Goddards and won the drag race to the line by just a tenth of a second in an almost mirror image of his lap 10 move, leaving Maini to settle for third.
Varrone's race was his best of the season, displaying the same sort of wheel to wheel tenacity we last saw at Spa in 2018. He gained four spots to run 10th on the opening lap, and was up to eighth by lap three. He passed De Pauw on lap six, Pedersen on lap eight and Foster on lap 10, before his last lap move on Jewiss to bank his best result of the season so far.
Jewiss was a case of what could have been, having been right in the podium mix throughout, while Foster was another with a valid claim for a podium spot, having lost out in some of the wheel to wheel battles.
Pedersen was a second further back in seventh, and 1.5 clear of De Pauw, while Peixoto and Azman circulated in their own race, and were separated by a tenth of a second at the chequered flag.
Lanan's Piers Prior dropped from sixth on the grid to 11th, and well clear of Hillspeed's Sasakorn Chaimongkol, who had a 12 second margin to Hitech's Reece Ushijima.
Bart Horsten started at the back of the grid for Lanan Racing, and fought his way to 14th, with Douglas Motorsport's Manaf Hijjawi 15th and 16 seconds clear of JHR duo Max Marzorati and Carter Williams, another teammate pairing separated by a tenth of a second at the line.
Oliver Clarke was the final classified finisher for Hillspeed, after pitting at the end of lap of lap three, while Lanan's Josh Mason was a last lap retirement.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Donington Park race three result:
1. Kaylen Frederick Carlin, 12 laps
2. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +11.112s
3. Kush Maini, Hitech GP, +11.213s
4. Nico Varrone, Chris Dittmann Racing, +11.824s
5. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +12.405s
6. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +12.692s
7. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, +13.857s
8. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +15.370s
9. Guilherme Peixoto, Carlin, +17.934s
10. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +18.072s
11. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +20.574s
12. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +25.230s
13. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +37.863s
14. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, +38.575s
15. Manaf Hijjawi, Lanan Racing, +40.252s
16. Max Marzorati, JHR Developments, +57.096s
17. Carter Williams, JHR Developments, +57.273s
18. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +1 lap
DNF. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, 11 laps
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