British F3 - Simmons takes Silverstone race three win after time penalties for top two

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Simmons takes Silverstone race three win after time penalties for top two

Simmons takes Silverstone race three win after time penalties for top two

Sunday 9 June 2019

Chris Dittmann Racing's Ayrton Simmons claimed the first BRDC British F3 race win for both himself and his team, after a controversial final race of the weekend at Silverstone. Johnathan Hoggard claimed second ahead of Kaylen Frederick, with Kiern Jewiss making up for a difficult weekend so far with fourth.

Neil Verhagen and Clement Novalak took the flag in first and second places, but both were given five second track limit penalties, having been given a warning flag beforehand, and fell to fifth and sixth respectively in the final classification. 

Hillspeed's Sasakorn Chaimongkol was seventh, Manuel Maldonado eighth for Fortec, with Hampus Ericsson (Double R) and Benjamin Pedersen (Douglas) completing the top-10.

Verhagen started from pole and led the race for the duration, building a lead of over a second after the first lap, making good use of his fresh tyres, while Novalak and Simmons operated closely with Hoggard also right on their tails too. This was to be the story of the race, with the top four regularly covered by under two seconds, and frequently less than that. 

By lap four the top four were separated by just 1.2 seconds, with Novalak in Verhagen's slipstream on the Wellington straight on lap five, but the drama began on the next lap. Verhagen, Novalak and Ulysse De Pauw were all given warning flags for track limits, and on lap seven, Verhagen was the first to be handed a five second penalty by Race Control. 

That instantly promoted Novalak and Simmons, with Simmons sniffing an even better result as he attempted an overtake on Novalak at The Loop on lap eight. Moments later, Novalak, and Lucas Petersson further down the field were also handed time penalties for track limits, meaning that Simmons in third was now the de facto race leader. He still had to fend off the attentions of a very racy Hoggard though, with the Fortec driver constantly in his mirrors. 

Despite the five second time penalties, there was still a chance that the top two could salvage a podium finish if they managed to extend enough of a gap during the remainder of the race, but Simmons and Hoggard were always within touching distance. The fierce squabble also brought several other drivers into the fight, meaning that Frederick and Jewiss also jumped ahead of the duo, leaving the top two in fifth and sixth at the flag, and giving Simmons his first win. 

Jewiss in fourth enjoyed a combative race that included a two way overtaking move on Chaimongkol and Ericsson at Club corner on lap two to climb to sixth on the road, and fourth after the penalties had been applied. 

Chaimongkol ran as high as sixth in the opening laps but lost out in Jewiss' move and ultimately claimed seventh, just under a second clear of Maldonado who banked yet another top-10 finish, while Hampus Ericsson recovered from a first lap excursion to take ninth place, a long way clear of race two winner Pedersen.

The top-three were presented with their trophies by BRDC Member and former McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Matt Parry.

Post race a 10 second penalty was issued by the Clerk of the Course to Nazim Azman for making contact with Lucas Petersson at Stowe, forcing Petersson to spin. The penalty relegates Azman from 12th down to 16th in the final classification. Azman was also issued with 3 penalty points.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Silverstone race three provisional result:

1. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, 10 laps
2. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, +0.630s
3. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +1.721s
4. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +2.937s
5. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +3.150s*
6. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +3.615s*
7. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +3.862s
8. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +4.718s
9. Hampus Ericsson, Fortec Motorsports, +5.771s
10. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +10.955s
11. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +12.534s
12. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +17.079s
13. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +17.475s
14. Nico Varrone, Hillspeed, +17.837s
15. Andreas Estner, Lanan Racing, +20.294s
16. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +25.600s**
17. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +44.820s*
18. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +45.584s

*5 second penalties for track limits
**10 second penalty for contact with Lucas Petersson

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