British F3The 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series reaches its climax this weekend, as the season draws to a close at Donington with a three way fight for the title. Fighting the corner for Carlin will be Jazeman Jaafar and Jack Harvey, who will be hoping to beat Fortec’s Felix Serralles to take Carlin’s fifth consecutive British F3 title.

A dramatic last round at Silverstone saw the fortunes of the championship contenders turned around, following a penalty strewn weekend for Harvey and strong results for Jaafar and Serralles. A total of three penalties for Harvey saw the Racing Steps man drop from points leader to the third in the standings, while Jaafar left the Northamptonshire track with a six point lead over Serralles.

The situation at Silverstone was complicated further due to an appeal over Harvey’s race two incident with Serralles’ team mate Pipo Derani, in which the Carlin man was served a 30 second penalty after being handed the blame for contact with Derani on the opening lap. That penalty saw Harvey lose a second place and 19 points, which temporarily handed the title lead back to Serralles. An appeal hearing on Wednesday will bring the case to a conclusion.

Turning attentions to Donington, Jaafar and Harvey will have their eyes firmly fixed on the 2012 crown, while team mates Harry Tincknell and Pietro Fantin will be fighting to elevate their championship positions. Carlos Sainz Jnr will not race at Donington, as the Red Bull Junior will be racing at the clashing FIA European F3 Championship round in Valencia, where he is a close third in the championship standings.

Speaking about the weekend ahead, Jaafar said, “I’m feeling confident about this weekend, but I’m in the same mind set as I am before every race. I’m looking forward to the challenge but I’m sure the other competitors are as well. The weather could be a factor this weekend, and very different to when we tested there a few weeks ago. I’ve only raced at Donington once before but it’s not a track I dislike. Jack [Harvey] is definitely going to be quick there, but I’m not worrying about anyone else, I’m just concentrating on my own race.”

Team mate Harvey added, “I feel pretty good, I think being quickest at the test last week was a good thing, it’s a circuit that I have typically gone well at, more so than Silverstone. I know what I can achieve and I’m just focusing on that. We’re prepared for the situation off track, but to be honest I’m putting that to one side, and however the hearing turns out we’ll deal with what we’ve got. I’ve been in better situations going into a race weekend, but I’ve been in worse too. I’ve experienced a lot in my career, and this will all help me in the future. I’ve got nothing to lose this weekend, so I’ll be pushing hard to make every point count.”

Trevor Carlin added, “As we predicted at the start of the year, this has been a close championship and it looks like the result is going to go down to the wire. It’s good for British F3 that there’s been a battle between two teams for the title and the addition of TV coverage this weekend will bring additional publicity to the fight. Having won the championship for the last four seasons, it’s probably fair to say that Carlin aren’t the favourite to win, but that prejudice shouldn’t be placed on Jazeman or Jack, who have each put in a fantastic performance this season and deserve a shot at the title on their own merit.”