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Carlos HuertasCarlos Huertas has secured Carlin’s first win of the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series this afternoon after a dominant performance in Motorland, Spain. Following a safety car start Huertas took the lead once racing action commenced, leading the race comfortably to take victory by nearly 12 seconds. Team mate Jazeman Jaafar battled his way through the field and came home to finish in a solid 12th place.

Following a wet qualifying session this morning, the heavy rain continued throughout the day making track conditions treacherous for the second race of the weekend, which was consequently started behind the safety car. As a result, Huertas was unable to challenge for the lead off the line and stayed in second place behind pole sitter Norman Nato. When the safety car was called in at the end of lap four, Huertas stayed close to the leader who ran wide at the first corner giving Huertas the perfect opportunity to take the lead and give himself the clear run at the front he wanted.

Meanwhile Jaafar had also enjoyed a good restart and was up to 20th position from the back of the grid, after being unable to set a time in qualifying due to a spin. The FR3.5 rookie was coping well despite lack of vision caused by towering walls of spray the Formula Renault 3.5 cars were throwing into the air.

The Petronas backed driver fought well with both Daniil Move and with Yann Cunha notably on his way to securing 12th place in the shortened race; taking home a hard fought rookie podium in the process.

At the front Huertas was controlling the race and pulling out a large gap over second placed man Sergey Sirotkin. With the gap up to a dominant 12 seconds the Colombian driver held steady despite the poor visibility and slippery conditions – coming home to take a sensational win after a total of 14 racing laps.

Reflecting on his victory Huertas said, “It feels great to have got the win! It was so tough out there and when I saw Nato go off just after the safety car came in I knew I had a high chance for the win and went for it. I aqua-planed a couple of times during the race but I think that was inevitable given the really difficult conditions on track. I was really concentrating on staying on the road and not making a mistake throughout the race. Today really has been great for me and great for the team.”

Trevor Carlin added, “It’s been a difficult weekend for the team in many ways and we were very unhappy with our results yesterday. While there is still a lot of work to do, we’ve made a step forward today and Carlos drove fantastically all day to cope with the difficult conditions and make no mistakes. It’s unfortunate that Jazeman wasn’t able to show his pace as well, but he had a great drive through the field again to get on the rookie podium. This has been a good boost for the team and we’re looking forward to the next race.”

Carlin’s Carlos Huertas will start on the front row of the grid for the second race of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series weekend in Motorland after a brilliant last minute lap in qualifying. A strong performance from the Colombian in the pouring rain saw him put his car second on the grid in the challenging wet conditions. Team mate Jazeman Jaafar saw his fortune reversed following a spin early on in the session, he will start 23rd.

Sunday morning brought news to the teams that the qualifying session and second race of the weekend would be a shortened affair due to engine problems discovered with the Formula Renault 3.5 cars up and down the field. With just 15 minutes time on track and the rain falling it became important to get out and set a lap time fast. As the cars hit the track the awful conditions quickly became apparent and a multitude of cars slid off and struggled with the lack of grip.

Unfortunately, Jaafar was an early victim of the weather with the young Malaysian spinning and stopping on track. As the time counted down, the conditions continued to deteriorate with a total of four red flags disrupting the session.

Meanwhile Huertas had been steadily learning the track limits and getting up to speed, lying sixth for the majority of running. However in the final minutes Huertas set a brilliant lap to place him second on the grid for the second race this afternoon.

Reflecting on qualifying he said, ‘It was really tough out there; a lot of water on track and very disrupted because of the red flags. You couldn’t see much at all down the straights which was tricky. It was basically a one lap qualifying session; I had to find the gap and get a good lap. I’m pleased with where I qualified and now look ahead to the race this afternoon – but again it will be all about dealing with the conditions!’

Team manager Ricky Taylor added, ‘The rain made qualifying so difficult for everybody out there this morning. Carlos did a really good job to deal with the conditions and get a lap in when it mattered despite the red flags. He kept the car on track and drove well. Jazeman was unlucky to get caught out but that’s what racing in the wet it like – it happens.’

British F3 Champions Carlin have announced that they will be taking four drivers to the prestigious 58th Macau Grand Prix next month. Newly crowned British Formula Three champion Felipe Nasr will be making his second appearance at the famous event. Joining him will be Carlos Huertas and Jazeman Jaafar who both tackled the street circuit last year and Macau rookie Kevin Magnussen. All four drivers have had a successful year in British F3 with Carlin.

Nasr won the 2011 British F3 title with races to spare, the 19 year old quickly took the lead in the championship after a consistent start to his season, taking seven wins and 14 podiums so far this season. The young Brazilian stamped his dominance on the championship and stayed at the top throughout, carefully building a points gap over the rest of the field.

Nasr will have a challenge on his hands at the street circuit in the form of his British F3 team mates. Colombian Carlos Huertas finished in a strong tenth position on his first visit to the 3.8 mile circuit last year. The 20 year old has already taken seven podiums in the British Formula Three Championship and is currently lying second overall.

Jazeman Jaafar will also be representing the team; the young Malaysian drove for Carlin last year in the Chinese enclave and crossed the line twelfth. His 2011 BF3 campaign has seen him walk away with four podiums to date. As his only race on his home continent, the Petronas backed driver will have high hopes ahead of this year’s event.

Making his Macau debut this year will be 19 year old Kevin Magnussen. The Dane is the youngest in the Carlin line-up and goes into this race after a successful season which provided him with six wins and sees him currently lying third in the championship. His all or nothing racing approach should provide some great action around Macau.

Having enjoyed a hugely successful British Formula Three campaign in which he became champion Felipe Nasr said, “Macau is a hugely important race on the F3 calendar and it’s a very special feeling to be able to participate with Carlin. I know the team extremely well, and I know we have a great car – I feel as though we can be right up there.

“Having won the British F3 title I feel super confident and can’t wait to go to Macau and it would really round off a great season if we do really well there.”

Kevin Magnussen heads to Macau for the first time this year, looking ahead to the event he said, “Having never been there before I don’t know what to expect. I’ve been told it’s the best track in the world – and it really does look amazing! I think it will be a great challenge for me and knowing that Carlin have had great results here in the past makes me think we can definitely be right up there.”

Trevor Carlin added, “Macau is a highlight of the season for us and this year we go with a fantastic driver line-up. Felipe, Carlos and Jazeman all have previous experience of Macau, while Kevin is just the right type of driver to be able attack Macau at the maximum level from the outset. It is one of the most challenging events of a drivers’ career and a proving ground for the teams as well, so we can’t wait for the event to get underway.”

British F3 champions Carlin will take Jazeman Jaafar, Carlos Huertas and Tom Dillmann to Germany this weekend, to take part in the first FIA Formula 3 International Trophy round at the Hockenheim circuit. The three Carlin drivers will take part in the F3 Euro Series race this weekend, which forms the first round of the new-for-2011 F3 International Trophy.

Jaafar and Huertas are both part of Carlin’s British F3 squad and have claimed podiums in their Volkswagen powered Dallaras already this season. Following three podiums so far in 2011, Jaafar lies second in the championship standings, with Huertas fourth.

Tom Dillmann, who will race with Carlin this season in the GP3 Series, makes a return to F3 this weekend at Hockenheim. The reigning German F3 champion has a good record at the circuit, having won there last year on his way to claiming the 2010 title.

“It will be nice to be back in an F3 car for the first time since I won the German championship,“ said Dillmann. “It will be a big change for us however, of course I have experience of an F3 car and Hockenheim, but it will be a big challenge with the tyres which will be new for me and the team. We will only have limited practice time, so it will be tough, but we need to push from the start and learn as much as possible.”

Jaafar, who is to contest the complete F3 International Trophy is eager for a new challenge in Germany this weekend, “We’ve been strong in the first few races of the season in British F3, so racing at Hockenheim is going to be a good learning experience to add to that. It will be quite a new experience; firstly on the Kumho tyres and secondly in the Euro Series environment. We’ll do our best to get some good results and get as much experience as possible from these international rounds.”

Joining Jaafar in Germany will be BF3 team mate Huertas who added, “This weekend is going to be really interesting for me as I’ll be racing on a tyre I have no previous experience of. It will be really interesting to see what difference this makes and how it affects the car.”

Trevor Carlin added, “This weekend will be a new challenge for us as a team. We know we have a quick car in British F3, but we’re faced with different tyres, different competitors and a different race format this weekend. We have three very quick drivers through and we already know how strong our package is with the Volkswagen engine, so we still need to be aiming for the front.”

Jazeman Jaafar, Felipe Nasr and Carlos Huertas took more solid points in this morning’s sprint race at Oulton Park, in round five of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 Series. In a 20 minute sprint around the Cheshire circuit, Jaafar finished fourth, just ahead of team mates Nasr and Huertas. Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Jack Harvey also finished in the points in eighth and tenth receptively, while pole sitter Kevin Magnussen endured a frustrating race after stalling on the grid.

With today’s grid set by the finishing positions of race one – with the top eight reversed – it was Kevin Magnussen who lined up at the front of the field for race two this morning. The young Dane stalled on the grid however, and by the first corner was faced with a fight back through the field.

Ahead of him, Jazeman Jaafar had made a good start from his seventh placed grid slot and had passed team mate Huertas and was challenging fourth place man Harry Tincknell into Cascades but couldn’t quite get close enough and slotted into fourth place ahead of team mates Nasr and Huertas.

With overtaking difficult around the twisting Oulton Park circuit difficult, the order remained unchanged to the chequered flag with Hitech’s Riki Christodoulou taking the Sprint win. Carlin’s Jaafar added to his already impressive points tally with a fourth place, with Nasr fifth to consolidate his place at the top of the championship standings. Huertas held off Foresti for sixth, Svendsen-Cook was eighth, with Harvey completing the top ten

Reflecting on his race, Jaafar said, “I started sixth, which isn’t the best place to start as it’s on the outside with less grip. I didn’t have the best start but I managed to pull up level with Carlos [Huertas] and managed to overtake him. Unfortunately Kevin [Magnussen] stalled as well so by the first corner I had already made up two places. I caught Tincknell by Cascades and was right on his gearbox but unfortunately its quite hard to find a safe overtaking opportunity at Oulton Park. But I’m happy that we’ve scored more good points, and I had a really good feeling about the car this morning.”

Race three of the weekend will take place 14.45 at with Carlin’s Felipe Nasr on pole.

Carlos Huertas set the pace in official testing at Oulton Park today, ahead of the second event of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series. The Colombian racer was quickest in both the first and second sessions, while team mates Rupert Svendsen-Cook, Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Nasr also finished the afternoon in the top four.

The British F3 drivers were greeted with warm and sunny conditions at Oulton Park this morning as the second event of the season got underway. Having been quick here in official testing, Huertas was on the pace from the outset, and was soon amongst the quickest three drivers.

Jazeman Jaafar was also in the top four in the first half of the session, the PETRONAS backed driver is on good form following his two podiums at Monza last week. Unfortunately the 18 year-old Malaysian’s session came to an early halt though, when he spun at turn 2 and crashed heavily into the barriers. Jaafar’s accident brought out the red flag and ended the session early, by which time Huertas was P1, while Nasr was fourth quickest with Svendsen-Cook fifth and Jaafar still sixth despite his accident.

Temperatures were even higher for the second test session of the day, with the ambient temperature reaching 24 °C. Once again, Huertas led the way and was quick from the outset, while Jaafar also returned to the track following a strong effort by the Carlin team to repair his car.

Carlin’s F3 rookie Jack Harvey endured a troublesome session following a mechanical issue, but managed two laps at the end of the session which indicated the issue had been overcome. Meanwhile, Harvey’s team mates were taking advantage of the practice available, with Svendsen-Cook going second quickest, Magnussen third and Nasr fourth. Jaafar was 12th, having built up the pace following his earlier accident, while Harvey was 13th following his mechanical problem.

Reflecting on his practice session, Huertas said, “I like this track, I had a good test session here last month. I’m happy with the progress we made today, we made a few changes and the car was quick on old and new tyres which is a good sign for the rest of the weekend.”

Track action will recommence at 10.45 local time tomorrow, with race one of the weekend at 15.10.

TV coverage of Carlin’s race winning success in Monza last weekend can be seen at 0730 tomorrow morning on Channel 4 and on Motors TV at 1958.

Raikkonen Robertson driver Carlos Huertas took two podium finishes in yesterday’s British F3 event at the new Portimao circuit in Portugal. The F3 rookie who is also the youngest driver in the field, made up a number of places in race one to move up to fifth place on track. While the visiting Jules Bianchi and Esteban Gutierrez finished ahead of Huertas on track, the two Invitation Class drivers were not counted in the British F3 Championship Class standings, leaving Huertas to take his place on the third step of the podium in the post race celebrations. The young Columbian went one better in the second race to collect the trophy for second place.

Starting race one yesterday from seventh on the grid, Huertas made a competitive start and had held onto his position at the end of lap two, while team mate Daisuke Nakajima was 10th. The order changed on lap three, when an incident between Valterri Bottas and Sam Bird mixed up the field. As the field tried to avoid the accident in the unfolding melee, Nakajima came across the accident unsighted and collected the stranded car of Bottas, putting Raikkonen Robert’s Japanese driver out of the race.

Following a short safety car period, racing got underway again at the start of lap seven with Huertas now fifth. The young racer did well to fend off the attentions of sixth place man Max Chilton to hold onto his place and cross the line fifth, and take his first podium finish as the third British F3 driver.

At the start of race two Huertas wasted no time in making up a position, demonstrating front running pace in the process. The 18 year-old racer made up two further places as championship leaders Daniel Ricciardo and Renger van der Zander slipped down the order. At the chequered flag, Huertas was fourth on the road but second of the British F3 drivers, earning him a huge 15 points to add to his championship standings. Team mate Nakajima meanwhile was the eighth British F3 driver to cross the line.

Speaking about his weekend, Huertas said, “I am really pleased to have made it on to the podium, and to do it twice in the same weekend is just fantastic. In the first race I was lucky to avoid the accident between Bottas and Bird which happened just in front of me. The second race was also pretty eventful but I just kept my head down and kept pushing. Portimao is a very interesting circuit to drive and the team did a great job to give me such a good car here this weekend.”

Team Principal Anthony Hieatt was pleased with his young rookie’s performance adding, “Carlos has done a great job. Headapted very well to a circuit which was new to him and out raced many more experienced drivers this weekend. I thin these will be the first of many podiums for him in F3.”

Raikkonen Robertson Racing endured a tough outing at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, as the team took part in rounds 13 and 14 of the 2009 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series.  A strong qualifying performance by Daisuke Nakajima and Carlos Huertas in first qualifying ended in disappointment in race one, following a penalty for Huertas and a first lap crash for Nakajima.  Despite numerous incidents in a chaotic race two Huertas and Nakajima brought home a seventh and eighth place finish respectively, while Kevin Chen finished 15th in both races on his maiden F3 weekend.

Nakajima and Huertas delivered two top ten qualifying positions for round 13 on Thursday;   Nakajima put his Mercedes powered Dallara eighth on the grid, with Huertas just behind in ninth place.

Despite the strong showing in qualifying, hopes of a strong finish in the first race of the weekend were dashed early on in Friday afternoon, after Huertas stalled on the grid as the cars began their parade lap.  Managing to get away after a few seconds, Huertas made his way through the field to take his original starting position as the cars filed onto the grid for the race start.  All three Raikkonen Robertson cars made it down to the first corner, but on the exit Nakajima tangled with Riki Christodoulou and Walter Grubmuller, putting him into instant retirement.

Meanwhile team mate Huertas was running a strong race; taking fifth place early on the young driver had somewhat of a lonely race.  Finishing fifth on the road, Huertas was later handed a one minute penalty for taking his original grid position, as the rules stipulated that once all cars have left the grid, stranded cars must line up at the back of the grid for the start.  That penalty put Huertas 17th overall, making Chen the top Raikkonen Robertson car in 15th place.

Race two was much more of a chaotic affair; rain just minutes before the start forced race officials to postpone the start by 10 minutes and declare the event a wet race. As the cars waited on the grid, it looked certain that wet tyres would be the only option, until the rain eased and track quickly dried.  As the race start drew closer it became clear that slick tyres were the sensible choice, despite the tricky conditions on track.

This time round all three Raikkonen Robertson drivers made it round the first lap safely, with Huertas making up one place to move up to fourth, while Nakajima was caught out by the partially wet track; running wide at Pouhon.  The Japanese racer stayed clear of the barriers however to rejoin in 16th place.  A clash with Henry Arundel on lap two saw Huertas drop to 13th place, leaving the young Colombian with plenty to do in the remaining laps.

As the rain started to fall again on lap five, both Nakajima and Huertas excelled in the tricky conditions, overtaking numerous drivers as they made their way through the field.  Huertas made his way past his team mate to cross the line in seventh place.

Carlin driver Daniel Ricciardo stormed to victory in the British F3 International Series today, in round 12 of the season at Spa-Francorchamps. The 20 year-old driver further strengthened his position in the championship, with a dominant victory to extend his lead in the standings to 34 points. Carlin’s regular Euro Series racer Jake Rosenzweig made an impressive race debut in the British Series, finishing fifth overall, which put him third in the Invitation Class. Max Chilton suffered early disappointment when he stalled off the line from his second placed grid slot, but a spirited drive through the field saw him finally finish ninth overall and fifth in the International Class. Philip Major took his best ever British F3 finish of his career, with an 11th place on the road and seventh place in the International Class standings, just in front of team mate Henry Arundel.

Following a strong qualifying session from the team yesterday, Ricciardo lined up on pole for the first race of the weekend, with Chilton alongside him in second. As the lights went out, Ricciardo made a good start to retain the lead in the drag down to the first corner. Team mate Chilton meanwhile stalled off the grid and was hit from behind by fourth place man Hywel Lloyd, sustaining a rear left puncture in the process.

As the cars exited the first corner, a crash involving Ricciardo’s championship rival Walter Grubmuller brought out the safety car. That benefited Chilton, who had limped back to the pits for a quick change of his rear left tyre before rejoining the rest of the field behind the safety car. At the restart, Ricciardo managed the field well to maintain the lead, while Chilton had already started his charge through the field and was up to 14th place by lap seven.

Behind Ricciardo, Rosenzweig was making up places to lie eighth after the restart and passed Diaz and Buzaid to take sixth on lap six. Major meanwhile was dicing in the mid field, lying in 15th place on lap eight, and moving up to 12th on lap 10. Having stalled on the grid Henry Arundel was also making his way through the field, overtaking to the final lap to come home in 13th place. Having taken the chequered flag, Rosenzweig, Major and Arundel all made up a place following the demotion of Carlos Huertas for a grid infringement.

With several additional entries into the British F3 event at Spa this weekend, the number of cars racing under ‘Invitation Class’ stood at five. With Invitation Class cars not counted in the championship standings, Ricciardo’s lead over the next British car on track stood at a full 10 seconds, while Chilton’s ferocious drive through the field was rewarded with a fifth place, with Major seventh and Arundel eighth.

Speaking about his fourth British F3 victory, Ricciardo said, “I had a good start but there was a safety car almost straight away and thankfully I got a good restart once it went green again. The first lap after the restart was what helped me I think, I pushed hard, I had a lot of grip on the new tyres which helped me break the elastic band so the drivers behind me couldn’t get a tow. Then it was about being consistent. I could see Renger [van der Zande] and Jules [Bianchi] fighting behind me; Bianchi finally got through and I saw him close in on me at the end, but it wasn’t enough to catch me so I didn’t take any risks. It’s a good result.”

Following a one minute penalty for sixth placed man Adriano Buzaid for a grid place infringement, Max Chilton, Philip Major and Henry Arundel move up one place in the final standings for round 13 of the 2009 British F3 International Series at Spa- Francorchamps.

Max Chilton consequently finished eighth overall and fourth in the International Class, Major moves up to 10th overall and sixth in the International Class, with Arundel 11th overall and seventh in the International Class standings.