Mazepin takes Bri­tish F3 win on guest run

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Euro­pean For­mula 3 driver and Force In­dia ju­nior Nikita Mazepin took his maiden sin­gle­seater vic­tory dur­ing a guest ap­pear­ance in last week­end’s BRDC Bri­tish For­mula Three rounds at Snet­ter­ton.

Mazepin was drafted in to fill Carlin’s third seat for the penul­ti­mate round of the sea­son, with reg­u­lar driver Lando Nor­ris pri­ori­tis­ing his clash­ing For­mula Re­nault North­ern Euro­pean Cup event at Assen.

Rus­sian Mazepin, who was in­volved in a bust-up with Bri­ton Cal­lum Ilott in the Euro­pean F3 pad­dock ear­lier this year, qual­i­fied and fin­ished eighth in Satur­day’s first race which gave him a re­versed grid pole for race two, which he sub­se­quently won.

“I’m still young, so it’s use­ful for me to make the mileage by rac­ing here,” Mazepin said. “I’ve driven a lot of cars al­ready this year. I think it’s a healthy way of de­vel­op­ing your­self as a driver. It is a big day for me [to win]. I started off be­hind on ex­pe­ri­ence, but this re­sult is re­ally great.”

Nor­ris took a win and a sec­ond place at Assen to ex­tend his NEC point lead over French racer Do­rian Boc­co­lacci.

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