Kevin Magnussen won a dramatic Feature Race at Donington Park today, in round 27 of the Cooper Tires British F3 Series. The Danish racer fought a lengthy battle with team mate Jack Harvey, who led at the start and later ran in second place before retiring through a technical problem. Rupert Svendsen-Cook took third place to complete a strong weekend for the British driver. Carlos Huertas was the next driver across the line in fourth place. Felipe Nasr was ninth after an eventful race, just ahead of Jazeman Jaafar who 10th after a spin in what had been a strong race.

The drama in the final race of the weekend started before the drivers even left the grid, as heavy rain hit the circuit just before the start, prompting the front five runners (all Carlin drivers) to make a last minute switch to grooved rubber. Jaafar followed his team mates, pitting for wets as only 10 cars were happy with their tyre choice and took to the grid after the green flag lap.

Magnussen showed his intent early with a lightning start from the fifth place to catapult to second behind pole man Nasr. The competitive duo unfortunately made contact for a second time this weekend, following a clash at the Esses on lap one. Both drivers struggled to recover, which allowed rookie Harvey to steal through into the lead, with team mate Svendsen-Cook following him through to take up second place.

Following their accident, Magnussen was now third, while Nasr had dropped to 10th. Magnussen was keen to make up the positions though and was putting Svendsen-Cook under pressure, with the Brit withstanding the pressure well until a small mistake in the increasingly wet conditions allowed Magnussen through into second with Svendsen-Cook dropping to fourth behind Double R’s Pipo Derani.

Despite the deteriorating conditions, Magnussen was still on a charge and started to close in on Harvey. The F3 rookie put up a convincing defence for several laps to keep the Dane behind him, but after a prolonged attack Magnussen finally took the lead on lap nine.

Harvey was still on for a strong finish in second place, until a battery failure caused his race to come to a premature halt robbing him of a certain podium finish. That elevated Svendsen-Cook to third, and Huertas to fourth.

Nasr meanwhile was still busy recovering from his incident with Magnussen and was ninth after an action packed race which also feature a couple of spins, while Jaafar was just behind in ninth after a spin late on in what had been a solid outing for the young Malaysian.

Reflecting on his sixth victory of the season, Magnussen said, “It was a vey difficult race today and required a lot of concentration in the very bad conditions. As the weather got worse, it was really about not making any mistakes and bringing the car home. It is an important stage in the season now and these points are important for the fight for second place in the standings.”