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Harry Tincknell has claimed a brilliant podium position following the third race of the weekend’s FIA Formula Three European Championship action at Brands Hatch. Nicolas Latifi also enjoyed a strong result coming home to collect points for eighth place however it was a race marred by penalties for both Jordan King and Daniil Kvyat while Jann Mardenborough suffered contact and was forced to retire on the opening lap.

Lining up on the second row of the grid British racer Tincknell enjoyed a fast getaway as the lights went out to mark the start of racing action. Kvyat and Latifi had both made up places as well however Mardenborough, who had started in tenth position, was tapped and spun around in the opening lap. The resulting damage, broken suspension, ensured he was not able to continue and brought his race to an end.

Meanwhile Latifi was battling hard for position with Mitch Gilbert however the pair came together; thankfully this incident caused no damage for the Carlin man and he was able to continue in 14th position.

With the opening laps complete, and everyone settled in to a rhythm, Tincknell was holding fourth position, King was eighth, Kvyat 12th and Latifi 14th. However everything was to change when Alex Lynn spun from third and stopped on track. This dangerous position caused the deployment of a Safety Car when Mans Grenhagen subsequently ploughed into Lynn’s stopped car. This meant that Tincknell had moved up to third as a result.

When track action was resumed the Carlin men held positions well at the restart however a slew of penalties, up and down the field, for yellow flag infringements were to shape the remainder of the race. Both King and Kvyat were in the group of those handed drive through penalties which placed them down the order upon re-joining the track; 12th and 15th respectively once the rest of the penalties had been taken.

Latifi was one of those who benefitted from the action happening around him and as a result moved up to eighth place and, more importantly, was in free air away from traffic; keeping this position and pulling a gap to those behind him saw the Canadian driver take the flag in a great eighth place – picking up valuable championship points.

Meanwhile at the front Tincknell was running a strong race with his pace consistent and keeping a good gap to Felix Rosenqvist behind. With his experience showing the Carlin man took a brilliant podium position for third place.

Unfortunately, after serving their penalties earlier in the race, King and Kvyat were outside the top ten and came home in 12th and 15th respectively.

Tincknell said of his podium, ‘I had a good start, I tried challenging Lucas (Auer) ahead but it’s difficult to do so here. Once the race settled into a rhythm we had strong pace so we knew we were looking good. When Alex (Lynn) went off I had to avoid him but then that put me in a podium position; from then on I just continued with the pace I knew I had.

‘It’s a great result for me and for the team – I know they’ve been working really hard as always and so we now continue to push ready for the next round.’

Latifi added, ‘I’m really happy with the way the race went today, it’s good to end the weekend on a high note compared to the other two races. I had an average start and got a bit of contact from behind but my main opportunity on the first lap was after Jann was taken out which bunched the field up.

‘After that I ran my own race. I knew that there were drive through penalties coming to a few drivers but I made sure to keep a consistent pace and take the race from there. It’s good to come away with these points.’

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.

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.’

British race team Carlin have enjoyed a successful start to the 2012 season, with the team’s British F3 and GP3 squads topping the time sheets in pre-season testing. Carlin’s GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 teams have also clocked up times in the top three to mark a strong start to the season over the last two weeks.

British racer Harry Tincknell topped the timesheets in the second day of British F3 testing at Rockingham today, as the team continued to develop its Volkswagen powered 2012 Dallara F3 car. Tincknell’s time was the fastest of the test overall, after fellow Carlin driver Jack Harvey set the pace at Rockingham yesterday. The Carlin men have locked out the top five positions at both the Rockingham and Snetterton pre-season tests, with their team mates Jazeman Jaafar, Carlos Sainz and Pietro Fantin over the last two weeks.

While the British F3 team finished two days of testing at Rockingham today, Carlin’s Formula Renault 3.5 team brought to a close two days of collective testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens both completed a successful test in the brand new FR3.5 car, with Magnussen setting the third fastest time of today’s running.

The Carlin GP3 team also enjoyed a successful outing this week, with Portuguese racer Antonio Felix da Costa setting the quickest time of the official two day test for Carlin. Will Buller was also in the top ten while Alex Brundle continued to make big improvements ahead of his first season in the series.

Preparing for the 2012 GP2 Series, Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto were out on track last week, at the Barcelona circuit in Spain. A consistent front runner in pre-season testing, Chilton set the second fastest time on the first day in Barcelona while Haryanto was seventh. The Briton and Indonesian continued to put in a strong performance in the final test before the season opener in Malaysia later this month.

Reflecting on a positive start to the 2012 season, Trevor Carlin said, “With 12 cars to prepare for the 2012 season across four championships, it’s a great testament to the team that all four squads have had such a strong start to the season. To finish each test within the top three is extremely encouraging and shows the hard work that has gone in over the winter period.”

Harry Tincknell2009 Formula Renault UK Graduate Cup winner Harry Tincknell has added to his season’s success by securing the Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Cup at Rockingham, Northamptonshire, on 7 November 2009. The
Exeter-based 18-year-old dominated the series, claiming four pole positions and four podiums, including two run-away race wins, to finish 26 points clear of his closest rival.

After a strong season in the highly-competitive Formula Renault UK Championship, the CRS Racing driver qualified on pole for rounds three and four of the Winter Cup, despite the slippery track conditions.

At the start of round three, the racing line on the outside of the track was beginning to dry. However as pole-sitter, Tincknell started from the inside, which remained wet. As the lights went green he lost two places due to lack of grip but managed to hold onto his position to claim a third-place finish after 15 laps.

Tincknell had a strong start in race two but ran wide on the first lap, putting him second. With points dictating that he only needed to cross the line to claim the title, Tincknell cruised to a second-place finish and the Winter Cup victory.

“The weather conditions in race one made the start really difficult,” said Tincknell. “The inside of the track was still wet and the sun meant I couldn’t see the lights change. In the second race, I knew I just had to finish to win the title, so I took it steady and thought of the bigger picture.

“It’s great to be a double champion in my first year, and it sets me in really good stead for next year. The Winter Cup has given me extra practice on greasy tracks, and my driving has improved a lot over the two weekends. I’m looking forward to getting back out there next year and contesting for the Formula Renault UK title.”

Harry TincknellHarry Tincknell secured the 2009 Graduate Cup title at the final race weekend of the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship at Brands Hatch, Kent. His first season in Formula Renault UK saw Harry up against considerably more experienced drivers; none-the-less, the 17-year-old demonstrated his on-track talent to secure the most important title of his career to-date.

Tincknell quickly established himself as the leading rookie after a succession of strong performances, and continued to build on his momentum, allowing him to dominate the highly-competitive class.

Tincknell qualified on the third row of the grid for round 19 and after a mature drive finished sixth, claiming enough points to secure the Graduate Cup. In round 20, despite mechanical issues, which severely compromised the handling of the car, he drove well, displaying some good defensive driving to cross the finish line 10th. As well as claiming both graduate wins, he also set the fastest graduate lap times in both races.

This season, Tincknell has achieved 11 out of 20 Graduate Cup race wins, four overall podium finishes, and two fastest laps, including a track record at Oulton Park. In an outstanding rookie season, he has already earned himself a reputation as one-to-watch for the future.

Despite his success this season, the Exeter-based racer is already
geared-up for 2010 with CRS Racing. “I’m really happy to win the Graduate Cup as I have achieved the goal I set myself at the start of the year,” said Harry. “Adam Christodoulou won this in 2007 and went on to win the 2008 Championship with CRS Racing and that’s exactly what I want to do now. It’s good to be up there with all the second and third year drivers; it’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go for the overall title next year.”

Tincknell won the Graduate Cup with 323 points, a 75-point lead on his closest rival, and finished in fifth position overall in the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship.

Harry TincknellTwo strong performances from Harry Tincknell at rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula Renault UK Championship at Rockingham, Northamptonshire, have allowed the 17-year-old to increase his Graduate Cup lead to 62 points, with just two rounds remaining.

The Exeter-based driver qualified third and second for rounds 17 and 18 respectively after battling with Formula Renault UK veterans. He translated these into two Graduate Cup victories via fourth and third-place finishes overall.

Tincknell was passed by Dean Stoneman at the start of round 17, and continued to pursue him to reclaim third, but was unable to catch the more experienced driver before the chequered flag. Harry crossed the line fourth, adding another 22 points to his tally.

Round 18 saw the CRS Racing driver deliver another strong performance, securing his second Graduate Cup win of the weekend as well as the class fastest lap and his fourth overall podium of the season.

“It has been a really good weekend,” said Tincknell. “We banked some valuable points this weekend with some very strong performances. The team did well at Rockingham last year, so we had a good baseline to work from in terms of set-up. The car drove really well which made things easier.

“I have been working hard behind-the-scenes and it is starting to pay off. Obviously the main aim for Brands Hatch is to sew-up the Graduate Cup in race one so we can go all-out for a win in the second race. We did very well at Brands earlier this year: I took pole for my first ever race and converted it into a great podium finish, so now it is all about getting a victory under my belt.”

The Brands Hatch rounds of the Formula Renault UK Championship take place on 3-4 October 2009.

Harry TincknellTwo solid performances at rounds 15 and 16 of the Formula Renault UK Championship at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, have allowed CRS Racing’s Harry Tincknell to extend his lead in the Graduate Cup. The 17-year-old now looks in great shape for the title as he leads the class standings by 28 points with just four rounds remaining of the 2009 season.

Tincknell topped the timing charts throughout the two 20-minute qualifying sessions on Saturday 29 August. The Exeter-based driver secured pole position in the Graduate Cup for both races, starting in fifth and third-place overall for rounds 15 and 16 respectively, out performing his fellow CRS Racing team-mates.

A strong start in round 15 put Harry fourth by the end of the first lap. Formula Renault veteran Dean Smith pursued Harry, but he defended well. Tincknell’s mature driving style allowed him to maintain his position despite sustained pressure from Smith, claiming the Graduate Cup win and a fourth-place finish overall.

Harry once again secured the graduate win in round 16 from his second row start. Having run as high as second overall, Tincknell secured a sixth-place finish. With two strong results, Harry collected 40 points, widening his lead in the Graduate Cup to 28 points and moving him up to sixth overall in the drivers’ standings, three points ahead of team-mate Josh Scott.

“In the last few events we have struggled with qualifying which has made things difficult. This weekend we really got on-top of the problem and very nearly ended up with two overall pole-positions,” said Tincknell. “Having to defend throughout race one was tough, but we were able to get two graduate wins which was our primary objective.

“I’m looking forward to Rockingham; we went well there in last years winter series and it’s a circuit I really enjoy driving,” added the Exter driver.

The Rockingham rounds of the Formula Renault UK Championship take place on 19-20 September 2009.

Harry TicknellIt was a hard weekend for Harry Tincknell in the Formula Renault UK Championship Graduate Cup at Snetterton, Norfolk, on 01-02 August. The 17-year-old put in a gutsy drive through the field to secure an eighth-place finish in round 13, holding onto his lead in the Graduate Cup.

Harry qualified 13th for race one with a fastest lap of 1:05.522; he was on course for a faster time that would have placed him in the top five, but an incident caused the session to be red flagged, preventing him from improving his time. In the second qualifying session, Harry managed to close the gap between himself and the front-runners, securing 10th on the grid for round 14.

In round 13 Harry had a strong start, improving his position by two places before the end of the second corner. With limited vision due to dust from an earlier oil spill, the field bunched and Harry took advantage, passing for 10th place.

Ahead, CRS Racing team-mate Josh Scott and Jesse Krohn of Mark Burdett Motorsport were battling for position, allowing Harry to pass both for eighth. In the closing laps, Harry gained on Nick Yelloly, but he was unable to catch him before the chequered flag, and crossed the line in eighth place.

Harry once again had a great start in round 14, moving up to ninth place. However, team-mate Lewis Williamson spun on the first lap, clipping Harry’s left rear wheel, damaging the suspension and forcing him into retirement.

“It was a tough weekend, made all the more difficult as I was still suffering from a chest infection,” said the Exeter driver. “Qualifying is very important at Snetterton and the fact that we started further down the grid than we anticipated made the races difficult. But our pace was good and we made-up a handful of positions to score some points. As for the second race, I guess that’s racing and just gives me more experience.

“I’m looking forward to the next rounds at Silverstone on 30 August,” added Harry. “We have a bit of a break which gives me time to get back to 100%. In testing we were very competitive so I think we could score valuable points.”