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Kevin Magnussen does the double at Snetterton

Sunday, May 15 2011

Carlin's Kevin Magnussen secured his second win of the weekend in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Snetterton on Sunday, after team-mate and pole-sitter Felipe Nasr suffered a woeful end to his victory charge.

Nasr maintained his advantage off the start line with Magnussen in hot pursuit, however the safety car was deployed at the end of the opening lap as a clash between Fortec's Will Buller and Sino Vision's Hywel Lloyd left the former's car stricken on the grass on the run into Riches.

As the safety car readied itself to pull in two laps later, Nasr dropped a long way behind it in order to make a flying re-start. However, Magnussen stayed with him and scythed his way round the outside exiting Riches to snatch the lead - exactly the same manoeuvre he performed on the Brazilian in race one on Saturday.

After being demoted to second place, Nasr's misfortune escalated as he suffered a slow puncture and rapidly dropped through the field. He pitted for a new set of tyres but was then issued with a drive through penalty for dropping back ahead of the safety car restart. His only consolation was receiving a point for setting the fastest lap of the race - another new circuit lap record of 1m39.933s - en route to 18th position.

Nasr's difficulties left Magnussen free to build up a commanding lead, the Danish driver crossing the line with a four advantage over the rest of the field. Colombian Carlin driver Carlos Huertas clinched second after getting the jump on Hitech's Riki Christodoulou - who eventually finished third - at the safety car restart.

Jazeman Jaafar took fourth place ahead of Hitech's Pietro Fantin and Double R duo Pipo Derani and Scott Pye - the latter turning in an impressive performance after starting thirteenth on the grid.

Harry Tincknell was the quickest Fortec driver in eighth place ahead of team-mate Lucas Foresti. The Briton carved his way through to sixth place at the start of the race, however he made a mistake at Coram under the safety car, which shuffled him back down the order. The T-Sport Dallara of Yann Cunha rounded out the top ten.

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, Snetterton, race three:
1. Kevin Magnussen (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), 23 laps
2.Carlos Huertas (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +4.737s
3. Riki Christodoulou (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +6.913s
4. Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), +7.188s
5. Pietro Fantin (Hitech Racing Dallara-Volkswagen), +9.155s
6. Pipo Derani (Double R Racing Dallara-Mercedes), +14.913s
7. Scott Pye (Double R Racing Dallara-Mercedes), +15.626s
8. Harry Tincknell (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +19.135s
9. Lucas Foresti (Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes), +19.670s
10. Yann Cunha (T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen), +24.571s

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