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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.”

Carlin driver Jazeman Jaafar found himself topping two of the three practice sessions today for the 2011 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Championship at Rockingham. Practice one saw Jaafar take the top spot with his Carlin team mates not far behind, and all within the top eight. Practice two was interrupted by two red flags however the Carlin drivers were again high in the timings. Practice three once again saw all Carlin drivers in great positions and Jaafar taking the top spot.

The day got off to a great start for the Carlin team as Carlos Huertas became the early pace setter during free practice one, putting in some great times he stayed at the top of the leader board for the opening few laps. However the Colombian soon found competition in the form of team mate Jack Harvey who, after 6 laps around the Rockingham Speedway, moved ahead.

With 30 minutes remaining all Carlin drivers were sitting in top eight positions – Harvey still on the top spot with Huertas not far behind.

Huertas became the first man to set a lap time in the 1 minute 12’s with a time of 1:12.932 and as had been the case for most of the session Harvey also followed suit however was just slightly off of the Colombians best time.

To shake-up the order Jaafar set the fastest lap with just under 20 minutes remaining – 5 minutes later and the Carlin drivers had locked-out the top 6 positions. Kevin Magnussen had moved up to third place and was switching positions with Huertas regularly while Felipe Nasr and Rupert Svendsen-Cook rounded off the top 6.

A red flag with eight minutes remaining however halted the progress of many drivers meaning the final positions didn’t improve. Jaafar was fastest from Magnussen and Svendsen-Cook in second and third respectively while close behind was Huertas. Harvey lay in sixth position while Nasr was eighth.

The second practice session of the day once again saw Carlin men set the pace early on. Svendsen-Cook set the fastest time on lap 6 with Jaafar close behind. On only his third lap Nasr jumped into second position and then went quickest on the next lap before the track went red once again.

Nasr was knocked off the top spot as Pietro Fantin set the fastest time of the session, a position he would continue to hold on as the chequered flag fell.

Svendsen-Cook gave Fantin something to think about when he set the quickest lap with twelve minutes remaining however this time was immediately bettered by team mate Jaafar. Fantin managed to push both Carlin men down a position leaving Jaafar second and Svendsen-Cook third. Meanwhile Nasr had been setting some great purple sectors however he was unable to find the perfect lap and finished the session in fourth place.

Another red flag with two minutes remaining brought racing to an abrupt end. Magnussen and Huertas laid sixth and seventh while Harvey was just outside the top ten in 11th.

Practice three once again saw Jaafar topping the sheets in a session which saw him, Magnussen and Harvey swapping quick sector times at the beginning. With ten minutes of the session gone, Carlin drivers had locked-out positions 2 through to 7.

Magnussen came in for a new set of tyres and immediately was setting fast lap times, and getting quicker with each lap – he went quickest and held this position for quite a while through the session.

Petronas backed driver Jaafar took the position off the young Dane on his eighteenth lap (this was also the fastest lap of the day) and held on to the top spot throughout the rest of the session. Svendsen-Cook finished off a Carlin 1-2-3 while Harvey, Huertas and Nasr finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Reflecting on his successful day, Jazeman Jaafar said, ‘The weekend has started very positive, we had a great balance in the car which felt great to drive. The track kept getting quicker and quicker throughout the session.

‘Looking ahead to tomorrow’s qualifying we’re in a really good position, we just have to stay focused for that.’

The 2011 Cooper Tires British Formula Three action re-starts tomorrow at 10.35 as qualifying gets underway.

Felipe Nasr (BRA) Carlin Dallara VolkswagenCarlin’s Felipe Nasr set the pace in both free practice tests at Snetterton today, ahead of rounds seven, eight and nine of the Cooper Tires British F3 Series. Team mate Rupert Svendsen-Cook was also a consistent front runner and was second quickest in both sessions. All of the Carlin drivers made good progress today, with Kevin Magnussen third quickest in this morning’s session and Carlos Huertas also in the top seven this morning. Jack Harvey continued his learning curve in his rookie season, whilst Jazeman Jaafar lost out on track time due to a technical problem.

Both practice sessions were dry at the newly configured Snetterton 300 circuit today, with the Carlin drivers on the pace from the outset. The 2.99 mile circuit attracted positive comments, with a combination of slow, mid speed and fast corners creating a new challenge for the British Formula 3 drivers.

It was Felipe Nasr who got the most from his Volkswagen powered Dallara in the first session, although both Svendsen-Cook and Magnussen briefly took the top spot. Jaafar endured a troublesome first session, completing just three laps following a gearbox problem.

Session two allowed the drivers to work further on their qualifying set-up, with Nasr once again going quickest. The championship leader was most closely matched by Carlin team mate Svendsen-Cook who confirmed his pace around his local track. Magnussen completed the day sixth quickest overall, with Carlos Huertas eighth. Jack Harvey was 15th, while Jaafar was 16th as he recovered from his earlier problem.

Pace setter Nasr said, “Today went very well. I think for sure we have strong pace as we were quick in the morning and afternoon. In the morning we just used old tyres so we were expecting to gain a bit more in the afternoon. I managed a good time on the new tyres and the balance of the car was really good. We made a few changes to the car which seemed to work very well; it just felt great to drive. I think we have a good car for qualifying tomorrow.”

Local hero Svendsen-Cook was also on a charge today and was second quickest in both practice sessions. The Monza race winner is happy with his pace so far, but feels there is more to come in tomorrow’s qualifying session.

“I’m very happy with how the day has gone; we were quick on old tyres and new tyres which is a good sign for qualifying and the races,” said Svendsen-Cook. “I was second in both sessions, so I’m pleased with the consistency I’ve shown today. I made a few mistakes in the second session so I think there’s a bit more to come. We will keep pushing for qualifying.”

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.

Felipe Nasr and Jazeman Jaafar took a double podium for Carlin this afternoon, in round four of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 Series. In a relatively uneventful opening race of the weekend, Nasr and Jaafar finished second and third respectively, just ahead of team Huertas in fourth, while Kevin Magnussen was eighth and Svendsen-Cook tenth. Jack Harvey crossed the line 11th, just out of the points.

Despite setting the quickest lap overall in qualifying this morning, Nasr lined up second on the grid this afternoon, which was set by the drivers’ second quickest time in qualifying. As the lights went out, the Brazilian lost ground to pole sitter Lucas Foresti and third placed man Manasheh Idafar who both led the field into the corner.

Behind Nasr, team mate Jaafar had made a good start from fourth and was close behind while Huertas was fifth. Having crashed early on in qualifying this morning and set just one fast flying lap, Magnussen had it all to do from 14th on the grid. The young Dane was quick to make progress however, and by the end of lap one was already ninth. Behind him, Svendsen-Cook was just out of the points paying positions in 11th while Harvey was 13th.

The order remained unchanged until lap eight, when second placed man Idafar made a mistake at the first corner which ended his race in the tyre wall. That elevated Carlin’s Nasr to second and Jaafar onto the podium, with Huertas now fourth, Magnussen eighth, Svendsen-Cook in the points in tenth and Harvey now 11th.

In contrast to last weekends’ races in Monza, the second half of the race featured little overtaking, with the order remaining unchanged to the chequered flag. Nasr extended his lead in the championship with his fourth consecutive podium, with Jaafar also consolidating his second place in the championship with his third podium so far this season. Today’s race increases the Carlin team’s tally to nine podiums out of 12 so far this season.

Reflecting on his race, second place man Nasr said, “I had an ok start, but it wasn’t great from the dirty side of the grid and unfortunately Idafar managed to get me on the first corner and then he Foresti were putting in some really good laps. They started to pull away and I pushed hard but at the same time I wanted to save my tyres for Monday. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t challenge for the lead, but second place is still a very good result and gives us a lot of points for the championship.”

Team mate Jaafar was happy with his third placed spot, adding, “I made a really good start off the line as did Idafar. I thought I might be able to pass Felipe into the first corner, but I couldn’t overtake him as there wasn’t much space, even though we were almost neck and neck up to turn two, but we gave each other room and he had a better exit.”

On securing his third podium of the season, Jaafar added, “I feel very happy to be on the podium again and very motivated to keep pushing forwards with every race. Every time I’m in the car I feel happy with our set-up and I’m always looking forward to the next opportunity in the car, so I have to say thank you to Petronas for giving me this opportunity this year.”

Racing action will recommence on Easter Monday, with race two at 10.00 local time. With today’s results setting the grid for race two, with the top eight reversed, Kevin Magnussen will line up on pole for the first race on Monday.