Carlin’s Felipe Nasr won today’s Feature race at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire. The 18 year-old Brazilian took his third victory of the season in round six of the 2011 British F3 International Series, to increase his lead in the championship standings. Team mate Rupert Svendsen-Cook came home fourth after a race long battle for third, while Jazeman Jaafar was fifth and Carlos Huertas tenth. Both Jack Harvey and Kevin Magnussen suffered engine issues which ended their chances of a strong race result.

Having been quickest in Saturday’s qualifying session, it was Nasr on pole for the 40 minute feature race this afternoon at a sunny Oulton Park. The Carlin man made a good start to break away from second placed driver Lucas Foresti while behind them Carlin’s Svendsen-Cook was challenging Manasheh Idafar for fourth place while Jaafar was chasing Fortec’s Will Buller for fifth, having dropped a place at the start.

At the end of lap one, Magnussen was 10th having started eighth but with a sick sounding engine. The young Dane pulled into the pits at the end of lap two, and wouldn’t emerge again until the leaders were on lap six.

With overtaking difficult around the Oulton Park circuit, the race was characterised by several duals, with Svendsen-Cook putting third placed man Idafar under pressure, with Jaafar also closing in on fifth placed Buller and Carlin’s Huertas chasing down Pietro Fantin for ninth.

By lap six, the two leaders had pulled a significant gap from the rest of the field, with Nasr still leading with a healthy three second gap from second placed Foresti. A lap later Harvey pulled into the pits, seemingly with the same misfire problem as team mate Magnussen, and rejoined the race a lap later.

By the mid way point, third placed man Idafar was at the head of a chain of cars and was still under pressure from Svendsen-Cook, but the Carlin man couldn’t find a way through. Despite a couple of close challenges, the order remained unchanged, with Svendsen-Cook just missing out on a podium finish in fourth, and Jaafar taking his sixth consecutive top six finish. Huertas crossed the line in the points in 10th place, while Harvey was 19th having made a pit stop to remedy his misfire. Magnussen failed to finish the race.

Nasr meanwhile crossed the line to take his third win of the season and extend his lead at the top of the championship standings, and claim Carlin’s fourth win of the season.

Speaking about his victory, Nasr said, “This was another special win and very important for our championship. I had a good start and managed to pull away, and from then on I just concentrated on not making any mistakes and putting in good lap times. It just feels really good to win again.”

Trevor Carlin added, “It was a mixed weekend for the team, some of the drivers were quite unlucky, most notably Kevin and Jack who both suffered misfires in the third race. We’ve shown very good pace though and Felipe has done a great job to take another win this afternoon.”