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British F3 lights up Snetterton as Hoggard closes championship gap

Feature Image Credit: BRDC British F3 Website

British driver Johnathan Hoggard put in a great display in qualifying and race one to close the gap in the BRDC British F3 championship.

A very overcast and cloudy day greeted the F1 desk for rounds four, five and six of the BRDC British F3 2019 season.  We had a new track record at Snetterton in Norfolk on the Friday (17th) as new BRDC rising star Aytron Simmons smashed a 1:42.284.  Could the Essex born racer carry that pace into the Saturday.

The first task of the day was qualifying and it was championship leader Clement Novalak who took pole position with a 1:43.533 from Fortec driver Johnathan Hoggard, who claimed pole for race three.  A 1:43.577 ensure the Brit will take pole for race three which is decided by a divers second quickest time from the session.  Douglas Motorsport driver Kiern Jewiss took a well deserved P3.

Novalack posted the sessions best time midway through the session and remained at the top after a frenetic opening.  Times tumbled as drivers traded positions and leapfrogged round the leader board. Only Hoggard and Jewiss came close to the Swiss born racer’s time.

Double R Racing’s Hampus Ericsson posted his best qualifying session of the year taking fourth while American team mate Neil Verhagen qualified P5.

It was a tricky session for track record holder Ayrton Simmons who could only manage P6.  A downcast Simmons spoke to Overtake, confirming the overcast conditions and tyers contributed to a lackluster session.

Carlin’s Lucas Petersson will start ninth with Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol seeing out the top ten.

On his pole position Novalak had this to say; “It was good, a shame about the race three result but we need to take the positives. Hopefully it means that race one will be nice starting at the front and race three will be interesting starting in the traffic, and outside of the first two rows. We will see how it goes.  The track changed completely from yesterday.  Yesterday we were able to improve right until the end of the sessions but today, three or four laps in the tyres were gone.  I don’t know if it’s track or tyre related but something has definitely changed from yesterday. That is going to make today’s race interesting as well as we’ll see if people’s tyres go off quickly or who can make them last longest.”

“Johnathan is starting P2 and he’s got the pole for race three so that will make things interesting but I’m taking it race by race and not thinking about how things work for the championship just yet.”

BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton qualifying result:

1. Clement Novalak, Carlin, 1m43.533
2. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, +0.044s
3. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +0.154s
4. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +0.322s
5. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +0.403s
6. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.602s
7. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +0.715s
8. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +0.759s
9. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +0.844s
10. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +1.064s
11. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +1.068s
12. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.104s
13. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +1.276s
14. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +1.514s
16. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +1.732s
16. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +2.524s

BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton qualifying second fastest classification:

1. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, 1m43.585s
2. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +0.274s
3. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +0.367s
4. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +0.440s
5. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +0.578s
6. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.669s
7. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +0.739s
8. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +0.763s
9. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +1.097s
10. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +1.148s
11. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +1.240s
12. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +1.325s
13. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.355s
14. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +1.573s
15. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +1.731s
16. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +2.522s

Race one took place in slightly improved conditions and it was Fortec Motorsport’s Johnathan Hoggard who claimed his second consecutive BRDC British F3 victory.

Novalak and Hoggard both made good starts from the front row.  Hoggard kept the pressure on the Carlin driver as the race went into the early stages.  He then made a great pass at the Wilson hairpin on lap six and didn’t look back, taking a great win.

Douglas Motorsport’s Jewiss claimed his first British F3 podium with a well deserved third place, while Double R’s Ericsson claimed fourth.  Despite a difficult qualifying, Essex racer Simmons made a cracking start to take fifth, passing American Verhagen on the run down to Riches on the opening lap.

Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick was seventh ahead of Manuel Maldonado.  Chaimongkol and Danish American racer Benjamin Pedersen saw out the top ten..

Hoggard’s margin come the close of the race was over three seconds, and he claimed the flag by 2.769 seconds taking his second win of the year and putting pressure on championship leader Novalak.

On his second win of the season Hoggard said;  “It was a case of putting on the pressure when I was behind Clement.  I almost got past him on lap one, he went a bit deep into turn two and I didn’t manage to get the place.  It was just a case of following him which is really hard to do in these cars, especially around this track as well with the dirty air, and then just wait for a mistake which luckily for me, came quite early on.  He again went wide at turn two and then I managed to get the place and pull away from there.

It’s very close, this weekend is about being as consistent with the points.  For race three, Clement is P5 and I’m P1 so again that’s a good chance to make up some more points.”

BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton race one result:

1. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, 10 laps
2. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +2.769s
3. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +4.997s
4. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +5.975s
5. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +6.806s
6. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +9.954s
7. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +11.086s
8. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +12.099s
9. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +13.637s
10. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +15.527s
11. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +18.154s
12. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +18.962s
13. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +19.710s
14. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +29.247s
15. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +29.615s
16. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +31.406s

Race two will take place at 9:55 tomorrow (Sunday 19th) and Overtake will be there to bring you all the action.

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