11 / 12 September
Hitech GP's Bart Horsten claimed his first pole positions in BRDC British F3, with a double pole in qualifying.
The Australian set his two best laps inside the final five minutes of the session, and usurped long time provisional pole-sitter Zak O'Sullivan. Horsten's fastest time of 2m19.311s secured him a front of the grid start for race one, while his second best effort set right at the end of the 25 minutes was just a tenth slower, and put him at the head of the grid for race two as well.
Horsten’s best time was just 0.045s quicker than O’Sullivan around the longest circuit of the year, and denied the British driver what looked to be a second successive double pole. O’Sullivan had topped the times for much of the final half of the session, but Horsten’s time with two minutes remaining knocked the Carlin driver off the top of the times.
O’Sullivan still held the top spot on the second fastest chart for the race two grid, but with the chequered flag flying, Horsten’s next effort fell a tenth short of his outright best, but was still enough to secure the Australian a second pole position, this time by 0.084 seconds.
The top four in the session were covered by less than a quarter of a second; Carlin’s Christian Mansell in third was just 0.021s faster than Arden’s Roman Bilinski, who was 0.234s away from pole.
Mansell started third on the race one grid, which was based on each driver’s fastest lap from qualifying, but passed pole sitter Horsten on the opening lap and then blasted past teammate O’Sullivan for the lead on lap four.
Mansell then pulled away at around a second a lap on the way to his second British F3 win, while O’Sullivan further strengthened his championship charge with his seventh podium in 10 races.
Bilinski claimed his first podium in third place after a battling drive that saw plenty of overtaking moves and a moment or two of wheel banging.
Elite Motorsport's Tom Lebbon held third place for a few laps before being passed by Bilinski, while pole sitter Horsten dropped to fifth by the end of the race, ahead of Lebbon's teammate Javier Sagrera.
Polish driver Bilinski, in just his fifth British F3 race, started fourth on the grid, which was formed by each driver’s second fastest lap times, but shot to second on the run down to Les Combes on the opening lap.
Bilinski dispatched Horsten for the lead at the same corner a lap later, and led for the remainder of the contest, though O’Sullivan was always close behind. The championship leader finished eight tenths of a second away from the Arden driver, with his two podiums allowing the British driver to extend his championsip lead.
Mansell meanwhile was feisty again, and passed pole-sitter Horsten for third on the final lap. Horsten was forced to settle for fourth while Hitech GP’s Sebastian Alvarez claimed his best result so far with fifth, while Sagrera was sixth again.
Roberto Faria claimed his first BRDC British F3 victory in the final race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.
The Brazilian driver started fourth on the grid, which was based on the reverse of the qualifying order, but overtook teammate Mikkel Grundtvig for the lead on the penultimate lap, and took the win by 1.6 seconds.
Grundtvig held on to second, while a time penalty for Reece Ushijima, who had finished third for Hitech, meant that series newcomer Hunter Yeany was promoted to the position, completing a Fortec top-three lockout.
Race two winner Roman Bilinksi (Arden) charged from 12th on the grid to finish fourth ahead of Carlin’s race one winner Christian Mansell, while Ushijima’s five-second penalty for a track limits infringement dropped him to sixth.
Carlin’s championship leader Zak O’Sullivan outscored Ushijima again thanks to an eight-place gain in the race, and extended his championship lead to 78 points.
Circuit: Spa Francorchamps
Length: 4.352 miles/7.004 km
Address: Le Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Route du Circuit, 55, 4970 Francorchamps
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FRIDAY 23 JULY
10.00-10.45 - Free Practice one
11.55-12.40 - Free Practice two
14.00-14.45 - Free Practice three
18.25-18.50 - Qualifying
SATURDAY 24 JULY
14.20-14.40 - Race one
18.40-19.00 - Race two
SUNDAY 25 JULY
10.50-11.10 - Race three
*Timetable is provisional
Qualifying: Lando Norris (2m16.820s)
Race one: Lando Norris
Race two: Thomas Randle
Race three: Lando Norris
Fastest lap: Will Palmer, 2m17.088s
Qualifying: Enaam Ahmed (2m18.081s)
Race one: Ben Hingeley
Race two: Enaam Ahmed
Race three: Enaam Ahmed
Fastest lap: Enaam Ahmed, 2m17.568s
Qualifying: Tom Gamble (2m18.857s)
Race one: Linus Lundqvist
Race two: Jamie Caroline
Race three: Linus Lundqvist
Fastest lap: Tom Gamble, 2m19.740s
Qualifying: Ayrton Simmons (2m18.353s)
Race one: Kaylen Frederick
Race two: Nicolas Varrone
Race three: Ayrton Simmons
Fastest lap: Sasakorn Chaimongkol, 2m18.572s