British F3 - What they said: Snetterton race one

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What they said: Snetterton race one

What they said: Snetterton race one

Saturday 26 May 2018

Nicolai Kjaergaard stormed into the championship lead with a lights to flag victory at Snetterton, with Kush Maini taking second and Linus Lundqvist third. Here's what the top-three said after the race.

Winner, Nicolai Kjaergaard:

"Linus was very close and I saw in the assembly area before the start of the race that he had new tyres on so I knew he would be fast in the first few laps. I managed to keep a gap though and in the end I had good pace and I think the new tyres went off a bit for him, which was good for me.

"Towards the end he was getting a little bit closer and I could see him in my mirrors, but then he ran wide at turn five and he lost out and made it a lot easier for me in the last two laps.

"I start at the back tomorrow and I think it will be a very exciting race. We have good pace and hopefully we can come up through the field and set a good lap time to get as good a start position as possible for race three."

Second, Kush Maini:
"It was getting harder and harder at Hamilton corner as the race went on, and it was getting tricky as the tyres overheated. Second place is a good haul of points and if we keep gathering points like this we will be challenging for the championship at the end of the year.

"Towards the end it was getting really tricky and I almost went off a couple of times, so I'm happy with second place today."

Third, Linus Lundqvist:
"I felt like Nicolai was strong in the beginning of the race, I tried to keep up and manage the gap at around a second, but towards the end I felt like I was creeping a bit closer and put some pressure on him, but I pushed a bit too hard at turn five and lost the rear and lost the place to Kush. I'm a bit gutted to lose second place so a small apology to the team for losing that, but all in all, another podium is not too bad for the championship.

"Race two is going to be tricky, with the full reverse grid, and hopefully we will be in a good position through lap times for race three. It's very tight between me and Nicolai in the championship right now, and that is good fun. Of course it's still very early days and we've only had seven races so far so there's a long way to go. But it's good to have someone pushing me, and I'm looking forward to the next fight."

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