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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.”

Geoff UhrhaneDonington Park Grand Prix Circuit will host the championship finale of the 2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series next weekend, 29th/30th September, where Double R Racing aims to conclude the season on a high.

British star Rupert Svendsen-Cook, who made a welcome return to the series for the first time in 12 months during the previous event at Silverstone a fortnight ago, will once again pilot one of the Woking team’s Mercedes-powered Dallara F312 cars in the headline International Class.

Achieving a best result of fourth place last time out, matching Double R’s highest finish of the season so far, Svendsen-Cook should certainly be a factor during the championship’s annual visit to the East Midlands. With the benefit of some additional test mileage since, the Ipswich 21-year-old could well challenge for the former championship winning team’s first outright podium of the year.

International Class team-mate Geoff Uhrhane has been growing in confidence at the wheel of his Dallara-Mercedes throughout his rookie season, resulting in ever-improving pace and increasingly strong race performances.

At Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit two weeks ago, the 21-year-old Australian delivered some excellent performances in all three races and proved a handful for a number of more experienced rivals. If he can qualify inside the top eight, Uhrhane has proven he has the race pace to be able to battle it out for top six finishes in each of the Donington races.

“Qualifying will definitely be the biggest challenge for us”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “If Rupert and Geoff can put good laps together then we’re confident they’ll both be strong in the races and might spring some surprises.

“Rupert did a good job at Silverstone, especially when you consider how little racing he’s done in the last 12 months, and Geoff made a big step forward in the races which was really great to see. It’s always important to try and end the season on a high, hopefully that’s what we’ll be able to do at Donington next weekend.”

In the National Class for older specification F3 machinery, Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee is currently second in the championship standings and although 43 points adrift of the lead he does still have a mathematical chance of taking the title in his maiden season of Formula 3 racing.

With a total of six class victories to his credit this year at the wheel of his Dallara Mugen-Honda, the Australian 22-year-old has enjoyed a very strong campaign and has outperformed expectation on a number of occasions.

“Duvashen’s had a very good season, he’s improved throughout the year and has delivered some real stand-out performances – not least his National Class wins of course”, said Hieatt, “If he can end the year with another win or two it’d be fantastic and very well deserved. The championship will be tough to win, but you never know what can happen.”

Qualifying at Donington Park will begin at 12.20 on Saturday, 29th September, with round 27 getting underway at 16.40. On Sunday, 30th September, round 28 is scheduled to start at 11.10 with the final race of the British F3 season, round 29, taking place at 17.00.

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Driver Standings (after Rd26):
12th Geoff Uhrhane, 34pts; 13th Rupert Svendsen-Cook, 18pts

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series ‘National Class’ Standings (after Rd26):
2nd Duvashen Padayachee, 345pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Jack Harvey has topped the official Cooper Tyres British Formula Three International Series pre-event Donington test this morning with the Carlin man being the one to beat for almost the entirety of the 3.5 hour test. Championship leader Jazeman Jaafar was also quick from the off however finished the session in fifth position. Red Bull Junior Carlos Sainz Jnr rounded off the top three while team mates Pietro Fantin and Harry Tincknell finished sixth and seventh respectively.

The 2.5 mile Donington Park circuit will play host to the Series showdown in two weeks’ time and with the 2012 title up for grabs championship protagonists Harvey and Jaafar both had agendas to prove during this morning’s running.

Following a weekend which saw him take control of the championship Jaafar was the quickest man on track in the opening stages of testing this morning, just behind him though Harvey was putting up a fight and came through to take the position away from the Malaysian in the first hour.

Despite looking fast in the early stages a red flag mid-session halted his new tyre run which cost him the set. However the Championship leader was pleased with finishing the pre-event test in fifth position. ‘It was a shame that the red flag came when it did because we could have been higher in the standings but I’m pleased with how the test went. We worked a few things, as you normally would when testing, so I’m feeling good heading into the next round.’

Harvey however remained at the top with his fastest lap being a 1:22.987. ‘The car felt great today,’ he said, ‘but then it also felt great at Silverstone even though the results don’t show it because of the penalties applied to me. Topping the test today was definitely my way of showing that I will be going into the final round pushing extremely hard to get the best results. The set-up was good and I’m happy with what we achieved today. Donington really will be full attack.’

Meanwhile Sainz began to move up the board in the final hour of running. Lying in ninth place during the opening stages the Spaniard moved up to fifth position before clinching third place just eighth hundreds off of Harvey’s best time.

Fantin and Tincknell were trading places throughout the session and were both regular runners in the top five. Fantin moved up to third position at the mid-point of the session however as the chequered flag fell he finished in sixth while team mate Tincknell was seventh. Both drivers used the session to gain as much experience around the track during today’s pre-event test session before heading to final round in two weeks’ time at the very same track.

Jazeman JaafarJazeman Jaafar has taken the lead in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series after a chaotic and penalty laiden weekend at Silverstone. Jaafar put himself firmly back in the hunt for the 2012 title with three podiums including a race win on Saturday, but it was opposite fortunes for team mate Jack Harvey. The Racing Steps man, who had been championship leader heading into this weekend’s races was hit with three penalties in total which severely hampered his weekend. Team mates Carlos Sainz and Harry Tincknell took podiums, while Pietro Fantin took a strong points haul as well as fastest lap in race two.

After a competitive qualifying session on Saturday it was Fortec’s Alex Lynn who lead the field away with a very quick start from pole in race one yesterday. Lynn went on to lead home Jaafar who finished a competitive second, while Harvey crossed the line third, Sainz fourth, Tincknell fifth and Fantin eighth.

However Lynn’s start was found to be a little too quick as the Fortec driver was handed a 30 second penalty for a jump start, as was Harvey. That elevated Jaafar to first, heading a Carlin 1-2-3 ahead of Sainz and Tincknell.

Following his penalty in race one, Harvey had lost a short lived, but healthy championship lead, while Jaafar was back in contention and on level points with Serralles. Harvey fought hard from the outset and clashed with Pipo Derani on lap one, which allowed his main title challenger Serralles to take the race lead, and by the chequered flag the points lead. Harvey went on to finish second, while Jaafar was on the pace once again and put in a great performance to climb to third from eighth on the grid. Fantin followed Jaafar home and also claimed points for fastest lap, with Sainz seventh and Tincknell 13th after a drive through penalty for lining up out of position on the grid.

Harvey’s weekend was soon to take a turn for the worse however when the Carlin man was heavily penalised for his opening lap incident with Derani, and was classified 10th in the International Class after a 30 second penalty was added to his race time. A five place grid penalty for race three added further to his woes.

As the drivers lined up for the third and final race of the weekend, Lynn was once again on pole, while Jaafar was eying his third podium of the weekend from second on the grid. The young Malaysian stole the lead on lap one with a great move at Becketts, and was followed by team mates Tincknell and Sainz who had relegated Lynn to fourth. The Fortec driver fought back through and passed both Tincknell and Sainz to take back second placed, and spent the majority of the race putting pressure on Jaafar.

Title rivals Harvey and Serralles were also involved in a tough battle and after a spin put Serralles behind the two ran closely in the closing stages. The Puerto Rican tried to pass Harvey but ran onto the grass and was launched into the air. However, the Fortec driver recovered sufficiently to pass Harvey just a lap and a half later on the final lap.

At the front Jaafar did all he could to hold onto the lead despite a badly flat spotted tyre, but Lynn was able to find a way past on the last lap. Jaafar’s third podium of the weekend puts him at the top of the points table however, six points ahead of Serralles and 23 ahead of Harvey.

Tincknell completed a strong weekend with an impressively defensive drive to hold off Hannes van Asseldonk for third place, as Sainz crossed the line in fifth, ahead of Fantin in sixth while Harvey took points for eighth.

Reflecting on his turn around weekend, Jaafar said, “It’s been a very tense, very exciting weekend and very rewarding. My aim coming into this weekend was to close in on Jack [Harvey] and Felix [Serralles]. I was 20 points off the lead heading into Silverstone and I’ve turned that into a six point advantage now. It’s a great way to head to the final round of the championship with that momentum; it’s just a shame I have to wait three weeks!”

Duvashen PadayacheeNational Class racer Duvashen Padayachee took his sixth win of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series for Double R Racing at Silverstone on Sunday, 9th September, as series returnee Rupert Svendsen-Cook claimed a best International Class result of fourth for the Woking squad.

Added to his excellent round 25 victory on the Grand Prix Circuit, two further podiums for Australia’s Padayachee mean he goes into the final event of 2012 at Donington Park on 29th/30th September, still with a chance of fighting for the National Class title – albeit with a 43 point deficit.

Svendsen-Cook, meanwhile, on his first weekend back in British F3 for a full year, gained pace and confidence throughout the weekend and performed impressively to spearhead the Double R attack in the headline International Class. First year F3 driver Geoff Uhrhane also delivered increasingly strong showings over the course of the three races with a hard-fought eighth place in round 26.

“Rupert has done a good job on his first weekend back in the championship for a long time”, said Double R Racing team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “He obviously has a bit of rustiness compared to the others who have been racing all year but he chipped away at it and with a couple of test days before Donington, we’re sure he’ll be right in the mix there.

“This weekend was all down to qualifying, it’s difficult to overtake at Silverstone in F3 but Rupert finished within a couple of tenths of one of the championship leaders [Jack Harvey] in race three so it shows the pace was good. Geoff was great in all three races, we’re really pleased with the progress he’s shown and we know he can run in that top six in the races – we just need to qualify better.”

Hieatt added: “Duvashen’s had a strong weekend in the National Class, it’s been close between him and Spike [Goddard – class points leader] in qualifying and racing this weekend and he definitely deserved the win. Overall, it’s not been a bad event but we want much more at Donington.”

Svendsen-Cook makes outstanding start to Silverstone weekend
In testing on Friday, 7th September, Svendsen-Cook made a big impact with the third fastest time overall for the day on his first competitive outing in a British F3 car in almost 12 months. Qualifying on Saturday, 8th September, though wasn’t as fruitful where he posted the ninth fastest time.

Uhrhane was 12th quickest in qualifying, as he was in testing, but Padayachee had to settle for third on the National Class grid for the weekend’s opening race having originally set the class pace during practice the day before.

At the start of Saturday’s 24th round, Svendsen-Cook had to take immediate avoiding action from his starting slot of ninth in order to negotiate his way past the stalled car of Felix Serralles – the resulting loss of momentum meaning the racing returnee couldn’t capitalise.

Uhrhane did move up a place due to Serralles’ problem getting off the line but, along with his new team-mate, the Australian spent the majority of the race frustratingly bottled up behind slower cars. Stuck behind Pietro Fantin and Nick McBride respectively, Svendsen-Cook and Uhrhane clearly had greater pace but were unable to carve open an opportunity.

Both did though profit from retirement for Hannes van Asseldonk on lap seven and then a drive-through penalty for Pipo Derani to move into seventh and ninth respectively into the second half of the race. An unfortunate last lap tangle with Nick McBride resulted in a non-finish for Uhrhane but this enabled Padayachee to move up the overall order into 12th, third in class.

Post-race, a 30-second jump-start penalty for third placed Jack Harvey enabled Svendsen-Cook to move into sixth on the amended classification – the second highest of the Mercedes engined cars – and therefore secure a second row start on the ‘reversed grid’ for round 25 on Sunday.

Although bundled back to eighth on lap one of race two, Svendsen-Cook passed Carlos Sainz Jnr on the second tour and then benefitted from a retirement for Derani to move into sixth. Reeling in the group ahead, closing down a 2.5 second gap to nothing by lap eight, the Double R man then grabbed fifth on the final tour following a spin for second placed Alex Lynn.

Uhrhane, meanwhile, moved into 11th on lap one ahead of McBride and then took 10th following Derani’s dramas. Piling on the pressure to Harry Tincknell ahead, the Australian was noticeably held up behind the Briton until Tincknell took a drive-through penalty at the end of lap four.

Then turning his attentions to challenging van Asseldonk for eighth place, Uhrhane raced superbly and tried everything he could to find a way past the Dutchman but had to settle for ninth a mere 0.2 seconds back. Post-race though, another 30 second penalty for Harvey meant Svendsen-Cook moved into fourth on the amended classification – matching Double R’s best of 2012 – with Uhrhane eighth.

Padayachee secured his sixth National Class win of the year with an excellent performance in his Dallara Mugen-Honda. Leading the way initially after an excellent start to the first of Sunday’s races, the Australian did unfortunately slip behind Pedro Pablo Calbimonte on lap two but remained close in the wheeltracks of the Bolivian.

On lap five though, Calbimonte went off the circuit at Maggotts while under serious pressure from Padayachee and so the Double R man resumed the lead of the class before going on to claim a richly deserved victory by two seconds. With Harvey’s time penalty, Padayachee was also 10th overall.

In the third and final race of the weekend, round 26, Svendsen-Cook and Uhrhane were both able to run strong pace but were again frustrated to be stuck behind slower cars – especially Uhrhane who had to spend the majority of the race staring at the rear of Derani’s Dallara.

Pressuring lap after lap, in the face of some stern defence, Uhrhane finally made the breakthrough to get into the points-paying top 10 on lap 14 and immediately pulled clear to end the race over 13 seconds clear of the Brazilian just six laps later.

Svendsen-Cook ran in ninth position throughout, glued to the rear of Harvey’s car at the finish, while Padayachee took his third National Class podium of the weekend with second place – just 0.5 seconds shy of Goddard having reeled him in during the closing stages.

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Driver Standings (after Rd26):
12th Geoff Uhrhane, 34pts; 13th Rupert Svendsen-Cook, 18pts

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series ‘National Class’ Standings (after Rd26):
2nd Duvashen Padayachee, 345pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography

The Carlin British F3 team enjoyed a strong outing in qualifying ahead of this weekend’s races at Silverstone, with all five of the team’s drivers in the top eight. This morning’s qualifying session was for the majority a tussle between championship leader Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar, with Harvey quickest for the first part of the session before Jaafar bettered his effort. In the end though it was Fortec’s Alex Lynn who stole pole in the closing minutes, but Jaafar, Harvey, Carlos Sainz Jnr and Harry Tincknell can be happy with second, third, fourth and fifth respectively, with their main championship rival Felix Serralles in seventh. Pietro Fantin unfortunately lost out on some running due to an engine misfire and qualified eighth.

Following several weekends of torrential rain, it was a welcome surprise when the British F3 drivers were greeted by a second day of sunshine and blue sky today. Recognising the need for a strong qualifying session points leader Harvey was the early man to beat and held provisional pole for the first ten minutes of the session.

Jaafar, Harvey’s closest rival in the Carlin team and the quickest man in yesterday’s practice session went quicker soon after though, and held the top spot until the final three minutes when Alex Lynn went fastest to steal pole.

With only this weekend’s races at Silverstone and a weekend at Donington to decide the 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 Series, the focus of the Carlin men has been on Lynn’s team mate Serralles, who currently lies second in the standings. With Serralles only able to manage seventh in this morning’s qualifying session, there is potential for Carlin’s title contenders to steal some valuable points at the penultimate event.

Harvey said, “It was pretty close between the Carlin drivers today, it’s very competitive this weekend. I expected Alex [Lynn] to be on pole at some point this season, he’s a quick guy and has been there or thereabout all season, so well done to him. We obviously have a quick car though so I’m feeling pretty confident for the races. In terms of the championship it’s good for us that Felix [Serralles] is down in seventh, but he’ll probably just go and win the reverse grid race!”

Team mate Jaafar was happy to near the front adding, “The car felt really good to today, so thanks to the team. It’s ok to be P2, obviously I would have preferred pole, but we’re starting on the inside of the track which is good. I’m just pushing for maximum points now, that’s my goal.”

Race one will take place later today at 15.15.

The 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 Series enters the final stages this weekend, as the teams head to Silverstone for the penultimate round of the season. Over half of the field are still mathematically capable of taking this year’s title, with Carlin’s Jack Harvey the current championship leader. It will be a level playing field for the Carlin drivers though, as team mate Jazeman Jaafar isn’t far behind and will be looking to put himself back at the top of the points table, while Carlos Sainz Jnr has also put himself back into contention with a strong points haul at Snetterton to move up to a close fourth in the standings. Race winners Harry Tincknell and Pietro Fantin are aiming to close in on a top three finish in the points standings.

With only six races to go over the two remaining weekends of the 2012 season, there is a tight championship battle between the Carlin men and Fortec’s Felix Serralles. Last time out at Snetterton, it was the Carlin drivers who enjoyed the upper hand, winning all three races in difficult on-track conditions.

Moving to Silverstone this weekend the championship makes its way back to a track where Carlin have experienced a high success rate in the past. The Northamptonshire circuit was the venue for Jean-Eric Vergne’s championship winning weekend in 2010, while Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Huertas shared the victories for the team at Silverstone last year.

Championship leader Harvey is feeling calm about the weekend ahead, “Silverstone is a track I’ve done well at throughout my single seater career. It’s a track that I enjoy and have been competitive at regularly. We’re carrying good momentum into this weekend, both myself and as a team. I’m feeling quietly confident that we can have a competitive car. Then the rest is down to me to get pole and win the races.”

Harvey will have to beat team mate Jaafar as well as Serralles, with the young Malaysian feeling confident ahead of this weekend’s racing action. “It’s a circuit I love racing on, as it is fast, flowing and has plenty of challenging corners and I’ve had some good results there. My first goal is to overhaul Felix [Serralles], who is 16 points ahead of me, then I’ll go after Jack who’s a further four points in the lead. It might sound a lot of points, but there are 20 points on offer for a win, and another point for fastest lap, so it’s an achievable goal.”

Trevor Carlin added, “It’s great for the drivers that it’s been a relatively open championship this season, and with just two weekends to go we have three drivers who are still very realistically capable of winning the championship, and all of them are fighting to be at least in the top three. The fight from Fortec this year has really made the championship more exciting, but until it’s credibly not possible for more than one of our drivers to win, we’ll keep pushing hard for all our guys and make sure they have the equipment on track to decide the title for themselves. It’s certainly going to be an exciting, if tense end to the season.”

Track action will get underway with testing on Friday, before qualifying at 10.40 local time on Saturday.

Multiple British F3 and Formula Renault 3.5 champions Carlin are to launch Test Week, a new kind of test event designed to give young drivers guidance on all aspects of junior motorsport. The Surrey based squad will have several F3 and 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 cars on offer during a three day test at Valencia from 15 – 17 October. The team can also offer driver coaching, media, fitness and nutritional guidance to drivers assessing the next step in their careers.

“The aim of this test event is to help young drivers assess their progress and give advice and experience to help them decide the next step in their career”, said Trevor Carlin. “We have a lot of experience in running young drivers for assessment purposes, for sponsors and F1 teams, and we can apply the same kind of feedback for those drivers who require it. For others, it can just be chance to get some mileage in a F3 or FR3.5 car. We have exclusive hire of Valencia and we won’t be publishing the results, so it really is a closed shop to allow drivers to assess what level they’re at.”

In addition to providing the technical expertise that has seen Carlin secure seven British F3 and three FR3.5 titles, the team will also be offering open access for drivers’ film crews for promotional and media filming. The team will also have a photographer on site to provide free high resolution images, with drivers able to apply their own sponsors’ stickers to the cars which will be in standard Carlin livery. Drivers will also be able take advantage of a sports science consultant on driver fitness and nutrition as well as warm-up, cool down exercises and injury treatment and prevention.

“We aim to offer our race drivers a one stop shop; a general package to help them both on and off the track,” adds Carlin. The idea of our Valencia test is to offer all this to drivers outside the team. We don’t normally get a chance to do this at official tests, and with testing and media opportunities so restricted now, we believe this is a great opportunity for drivers to tailor the package to their needs.”

Interested drivers should contact Andy Constable on information@carlin.co.uk

Rupert Svendsen-CookDouble R Racing is delighted to confirm multiple Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series race winner Rupert Svendsen-Cook will drive for the squad during the eighth event of the season next weekend, 8th/9th September, at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire.

Marking the Ipswich 21-year-old’s first appearance of the year in British F3, having finished fifth in the championship in 2011 with two victories and a total of nine podiums to his credit, the talented Briton will pilot the Mercedes-powered Dallara F312 previously raced by Malaysia’s Fahmi Ilyas.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have done a deal with Rupert to race with us at Silverstone”, said Double R Racing principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “He’s a very quick driver, a proven winner in F3 and fantastic to work with – we can’t wait to get out there next weekend.

“In testing last week Rupert was fast and liked the car so we’ve got high hopes for three strong races from him. The deal is currently just for Silverstone but we’d obviously like to run Rupert to the end of the season and also at Macau. We’re confident he’ll put Double R back where we should be.”

After one season in Formula BMW UK and two years in Formula BMW Europe, Svendsen-Cook graduated into British F3 in 2010 and made a sensational series debut at Oulton Park by winning only his second race. He went on to conclude his maiden campaign seventh overall.

Due to budget limitations he has only contested two races so far in 2012, in the European F3 Open, but starred on his maiden weekend in the category with a podium finish at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in mid-July. In the meantime, while not actively competing himself, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star has been working closely with Double R during the year as a driver coach.

Australian duo aiming for strong continuation to rookie season
Double R regulars Geoff Uhrhane and Duvashen Padayachee will continue their rookie F3 campaigns at Silverstone next weekend, in the International Class and National Class respectively, and the two ever-improving Australians will be aiming to continue that trend.

The team’s best result of the season so far, fourth place in round 15 at the Norisring in Germany, came courtesy of 21-year-old Uhrhane and while facing a massive step from Formula Ford into the aerodynamic-driven world of Formula 3, the Gold Coast driver has shown his undoubted potential.

Padayachee, meanwhile, has won five races in the National Class so far in his maiden season and will arrive at Silverstone second in the championship, just 34 points shy of the lead. Like his compatriot, the 22-year-old from Sydney has developed strongly throughout his debut season in Formula 3 and will be keen to add to his victory tally next weekend at the wheel of his Dallara Mugen-Honda.

“Geoff and Duvashen have both improved massively since the start of the season, and we’ve been making big steps forward with the car as well, so we’re very positive ahead of Silverstone”, said Hieatt, “Year one in F3 is always a huge learning curve but they’ve both done a great job so far.”

Following officially timed testing at Silverstone next Friday, 7th September, qualifying and round 24 of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series will take place at 10.40 and 15.15 respectively on Saturday, 8th September. Rounds 25 and 26 will follow on Sunday, 9th September, at 10.30 and 16.15.

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Driver Standings (after Rd23):
11th Fahmi Ilyas, 48pts; 12th Geoff Uhrhane, 30pts

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series ‘National Class’ Standings (after Rd23):
2nd Duvashen Padayachee, 297pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Carlin’s British F3 squad will head back to Brands Hatch this weekend for the fifth round of the Cooper Tires British Formula Three International Series. Having made a strong start to the season, the team have a solid grasp on the championship standings with drivers Jazeman Jaafar, Jack Harvey, Carlos Sainz Jnr, Pietro Fantin and Harry Tincknell having all taken to the podium over the course of this year.

Currently sitting at the top of the 2012 championship standings, Malaysian driver Jaafar comes off the back of two successful race weekends in Pau and Rockingham both of which saw him take British F3 wins promoting him to the top of the standings. Not far behind him a great battle is developing between team mates Harvey and Sainz Jnr who are both within touching distance of toppling one another; while Fantin and Tincknell are locked together with the same tally of points.

Last time out the Carlin team took three wins out of three at the Rockingham Motor Speedway, also locking out the podium during the second race of the weekend. Harvey’s win in the third race became the biggest race winning margin of the year with the Lincolnshire native dominating the field to finish 22 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Consisting of nine corners the 4.206km Brands Hatch GP circuit is a regular feature on the British F3 calendar, always providing great action for track side spectators. Having played host to Formula One in the past the circuit is now a well renowned training ground for the stars of tomorrow.

Sainz, Jaafar and Tincknell have already visited the Kent circuit once this year, when the shorter Indy track formed a round of the F3 Euro Series calendar in May.

Already a victor around the track this year in the F3 Euro Series Jazeman Jaafar said, ‘Racing at Brands Hatch is always a special event, it’s a great circuit and the atmosphere is always amazing. I love the track but the biggest challenge this year will be set-up because the track can often be wet in certain parts and dry elsewhere. But we know we have a good car so I’m looking forward to getting out on track.’

Carlos Sainz Jnr added, ‘I’ve never raced around the GP circuit before, only the Indy configuration, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the full track is like. I think we can do well this weekend, from what I know of the track it’s great so I’m hoping for a good race and to collect more valuable points.’