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Kevin Magnussen clinches maiden British F3 victory

Saturday, May 14 2011

Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen secured his maiden victory in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Snetterton on Saturday.

Magnussen qualified second for this weekend's opening race behind Carlin team-mate Felipe Nasr, and made a poor start to drop to third behind Hitech's Riki Christodoulou by the end of the opening lap.

However, the son of former Grand Prix driver Jan Magnussen reclaimed second position with a storming manoeuvre round the outside of his British rival at Riches on lap three.

The safety car was deployed on lap eight after Double R's Scott Pye went off at Montreal, and Magnussen capitalised at the restart to perform the same move again on Nasr and snatch the lead of the race.

Nasr put in a sequence of quick laps - setting a new Snetterton circuit lap record of 1m40.103s in the process - in an effort to catch Magnussen, but was ultimately unable to prevent the rookie driver from securing his first British F3 win.

"I didn't get the best start but I recovered well and luckily we got the safety car, which gave me the chance to overtake Nasr," said Magnussen. "It was a brilliant race and it's great to get my first win after a difficult start to the season."

Colombian Carlos Huertas completed an all-Carlin podium, ahead of Ipswich racer Rupert Svendsen-Cook in fourth place.

Hitech's Riki Christodoulou was the highest placed non-Carlin driver in fourth position. After losing out on second to Magnussen, Christodoulou slipped down to sixth when he ran wide at Oggies on lap five. However, he managed to overtake team-mate Pietro Fantin following the safety period to reclaim one place.

Hywel Lloyd had a quietly impressive run to seventh in his Sino Vision Dallara, ahead of a trio of Fortec drivers: Harry Tincknell, Will Buller and Lucas Foresti. The top ten drivers will be reversed for race two, which means Foresti will start on pole - a fortunate result for the Brazilian front-runner, who struggled for pace in qualifying.

In addition to Scott Pye, Fahmi Ilyas also retired from the race when he crashed on lap five.

Double R's Pipo Derani was issued with a drive through penalty for starting the race out of position. The Brazilian made up four places on the opening lap after qualifying ninth, but he eventually crossed the line in 13th position.

Snetterton will host two further British F3 races on Sunday at 10.35am and 4.15pm.

Cooper Tires British F3 International Series, Snetterton, race one:
1. Kevin Magnussen (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), 17 laps
2. Felipe Nasr (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +0.616s
3. Carlos Huertas (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +3.373s
4. Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +5.255s
5. Riki Christodoulou (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +8.051s
6. Pietro Fantin (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +8.542s
7. Hywel Lloyd (Sino Vision Racing Dallara-Mercedes), +11.238s
8. Harry Tincknell (Fortec Motorsport Dallara Mercedes), +11.906s
9. Will Buller (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +12.016s
10. Lucas Foresti (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +13.427s

Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Snetterton on Sunday 15 May are available on the gate for £21 for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.