Col­lard back on form with a well-timed dom­i­nant dou­ble Bri­tish F3 win

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1 Jon Min­shaw/ Phil Keen (Bar­well Mo­tor­sport Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can); 2 Mark Farmer/ Jon Barnes (TF Sport As­ton Martin Van­tage) +0.427s; 3 Rick Parfitt/ Seb Morris (Team Parker Rac­ing Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal); 4 Derek John­ston/jonny Adam (TF Sport As­ton Martin Van­tage); 5 Lee Mowle/joe Os­borne (AMD Tun­ing BMW Z4); 6 Phil Dry­burgh/ Ross Wylie (Mo­tor­base As­ton Martin Van­tage). Fastest lap Os­borne 1m48.615s (98.40mph). Pole Farmer. Starters 12.

1 Min­shaw/ Keen; 2 John­ston/adam +4.086s; 3 Mowle/ Os­borne; 4 Farmer/ Barnes; 5 Parfitt/ Morris; 6 Ian St­in­ton/ Mike Simp­son (Tol­man Mo­tor­sport Ginetta G55 GT3). FL Keen 1m48.579s (98.43mph) record. P Keen. S 12.

1 Min­shaw/ Keen 147.5pts; 2 John­ston/adam 136; 3 Parfitt/ Morris 120.5; 4 Farmer/ Barnes 109.5; 5 Mowle/ Os­borne 96; 6 Liam Grif­fin 83.5 etc.

1 Sandy Mitchell/ Ciaran Hag­gerty (Ecurie Ecosse Mclaren 570S); 2 Jack Bartholomew/ Ross Gunn (Beechdean AMR As­ton Martin Van­tage GT4) +0.360s; 3 Matthew Gra­ham/ Jack Mitchell (Gen­er­a­tion AMR As­ton Martin Van­tage GT4); 4 Alex Reed/joey Fos­ter (Lanan Rac­ing Ginetta G55); 5 Gra­ham John­son/ Mike Robin­son (PMW/ Op­ti­mum Ginetta G55); 6 Jor­dan Stilp/ Wil­liam Phillips (RCIB Rac­ing Ginetta G55). FL Gunn 1m58.860s (89.92mph). P Reed. S17.

1 Bartholomew/ Gunn; 2 John­son/ Robin­son +12.361s; 3 Reed/ Fos­ter; 4 S.mitchell/ Hag­gerty; 5 Mar­cus Hog­garth/ab­bie Ea­ton (Ebor GT Maserati MC GT4); 6 Paul Hol­ly­wood/jamie Chad­wick (Beechdean As­ton Martin Van­tage GT4). FL Matthew Ge­orge (Gen­er­a­tion AMR Rac­ing As­ton Martin Van­tage GT4) 1m58.704s (90.03mph). P Gunn. S 17.

1 John­son/ Robin­son 142.5; 2 Bartholomew 140; = Jor­dan Al­bert/joey Fos­ter/alex Reed 97; 4 Stilp/ Phillips 88.5; 5 Mar­cus Hog­garth/ab­bie Ea­ton 88; 6 Hag­gerty/ Mitchel 78.

1 Col­lard 438pts; 2 Leist 423; 3 Ran­dle 387; 4 Sow­ery 376; 5 Ahmed 288; 6 Lando Nor­ris 247 etc.

1 Phil House (Scirocco); 2 Den­nis Strand­berg (Scirocco) +5.451s; 3 Rob Al­lum (Golf); 4 Kieran Gor­don (Golf); 5 Paul Ivens (Scirocco); 6 Ke­nan Dole (Golf). FL House 2m07.944s (83.53mph). P Strand­berg. S 17.

1 Tom Witts (Golf); 2 Dole +0.140s; 3 House; 4 Ivens; 5 Strand­berg; 6 Ben­jamin Wal­lace (Scirocco.). FL House 2m08.065s (83.45mph). P Witts. S 17.

1 Den­nis Strand­berg (Scirocco); 2 Darelle Wil­son (Scirocco Tdi) +7.349s; 3 Ke­nan Dole (Golf); 4 Paul Tay­lor (Golf); 5 Paul Ivens (Sirocco); 6 Matthew Wil­son (Golf). Class win­ners Bar­rie Cully (Vento VR6). P Strand­berg. S 24.

1 Strand­berg; 2 John Stevens (Pas­sat) +0.109s; 3 Ivens; 4 Tay­lor; 5 Toby Bearne (Golf); 6 M.wil­son. CW Christie Do­ran (Golf). FL Strand­berg 2m08.350s (83.27mph). P Bearne. S 24.

Ginetta Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club + (6 laps) 1 Rob Keogh; 2 Richard Evans +0.224s; 3 Shawn Flem­ing; 4 Gary Wa­ger; 5 Adrian Camp­bell-smith; 6 Jac Con­sta­ble. FL Evans 2m18.849s (76.97mph). P Evans. S 15. 1Flem­ing; 2 Evans +0.773s; 3 Camp­bell-smith; 4 Keogh; 5 Con­sta­ble 6 Keith Sin­clair. FL Flem­ing 2m17.193s (77.90mph). P Keogh. S 14. 1 Keogh; 2 Evans +5.621s; 3 Camp­bell-smith; 4 Con­sta­ble; 5 Wa­ger; 6 Flem­ing. FL Camp­bel­lSmith 2m18.374s (77.24mph). P Mike Jarvis. S 14.

Ginetta Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club (6 laps) 1 Phil In­gram; 2 Richard Ish­er­wood +3.929s; 3 Jack Oliphant; 4 Tom Burgess; 5 Nick Hart; 6 Richard An­der­son. FL In­gram 2m21.588s (75.48mph). P Ish­er­wood. S 22. 1 In­gram; 2 Ish­er­wood +13.018s; 3 Richard Tet­low; 4 Oliphant; 5 An­der­son; 6 Burgess. FL In­gram 2m21.643s (75.45mph). P In­gram. S 20.

Ricky Col­lard ex­tended his BRDC Bri­tish F3 Cham­pi­onship lead with two con­trolled vic­to­ries at Snet­ter­ton as he be­came the se­ries’ lead­ing win­ner for the sea­son.

Col­lard took vic­tory in races one and three to bring his tally to five for the sea­son, putting him one win clear of the ab­sent Lando Nor­ris, who was yet again away on For­mula Re­nault 2.0 NEC duty at Assen in Hol­land.

Rus­sian FIA Euro­pean F3 driver Nikita Mazepin was drafted in as Nor­ris’s Carlin-mounted re­place­ment, and cel­e­brated his maiden sin­gle-seater vic­tory in the re­versed grid sec­ond race, as all three out­ings suf­fered from a gen­eral lack of over­tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Satur­day brought the most drama, and al­most a dis­as­ter for Col­lard, who had to rely on some swift work from his Carlin me­chan­ics to be able to take part in qual­i­fy­ing.

Col­lard left the pits to start the ses­sion but be­gan to suf­fer a mis­fire that even­tu­ally be­gan to cut the en­gine to­tally. He crawled back and his en­gi­neers traced the fault to an elec­tri­cal glitch in the steer­ing wheel. With that fixed Col­lard got out with just a few min­utes re­main­ing and re­paid their ef­forts by set­ting pole.

That was about as trou­bled as the points leader would get all week­end, de­spite close at­ten­tion from big­gest ri­val Matheus Leist. The Brazil­ian qual­i­fied sec­ond but couldn’t match Col­lard’s now cus­tom­ary light­ning start when the lights went out.

The race was neu­tralised al­most im­me­di­ately when cham­pi­onship hope­ful Thomas Ran­dle – who had started back in sixth af­ter com­plain­ing of a lack of rear sta­bil­ity – brushed with Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport team-mate Enaam Ahmed into the Bomb Hole. Ahmed’s car hit the grass, dug in and rolled, but he es­caped the in­ci­dent un­harmed.

When rac­ing re­sumed, Col­lard timed his get­away per­fectly, bolt­ing early around Co­ram to build a gap and take the win. Leist was sec­ond with Toby Sow­ery third hav­ing ben­e­fited from a fresh Tatuus tub af­ter sus­pi­cions from the Lanan team that his old one was cracked.

Mazepin’s eighth place in race one handed him pole for race two and he con­trolled it from the start in what was a pro­ces­sional out­ing. Snet­ter­ton’s tech­ni­cal turns didn’t play bril­liantly for over­tak­ing, with Mazepin lead­ing sec­ond-place starter Tarun Reddy through­out. Har­ri­son Scott stole third from Ran­dle at the start, with Sow­ery fith ahead of Leist and Col­lard.

That would be the one time Leist man­aged to take some points from Col­lard, as race three mir­rored the first, with Col­lard lead­ing from pole to beat the Brazil­ian to the flag again.

“We’re back on form and at the per­fect time,” said Col­lard, who now holds a 15-point lead. “The starts were so im­por­tant this week­end and I was de­lighted with the ones I made. The points mar­gin is still small go­ing to Don­ing­ton and we could let it slip eas­ily, so I’ve got to keep my head down and hope this run con­tin­ues.”

Ben Hin­ge­ley capped a strong week­end with his maiden podium for HHC Mo­tor­sport while Ahmed re­cov­ered to take fourth.

Col­lard ex­tended points lead Col­lard twice led Leist to the flag

Ecosse crew Hag­gerty and Mitchell claimed the Mclaren 570S GT4 car’s first vic­tory in the first race

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