British Formula 3

Varr, Varr, Varrone!

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Despite some technical issues with the live stream, Chris Dittmann Racing’s Nico Varrone moved closer to securing the inaugural British F3 iRacing Championship title with another solid performance at a virtual Brands Hatch.

Argentinian Varrone and guest driver Jonny Adam both claimed wins, with Varrone untouchable in the opening race and Aston Martin Racing driver Adam doing the same in the reverse grid race – a race full of incidents…

Varrone clinched his third win out of eight so far in the iRacing season, finishing over six seconds clear of Douglas Motorsport’s Harrison Scott.

Scott put himself on the podium with a solid drive culminating in an excellent move around the outside of teammate Ulysse De Pauw at Hawthorns on lap 12, and then pounced off an error from Jake Dalton three laps later to move into second.

A crash at the final corner of the race meant Dalton lost his podium position, handing that to De Pauw, with Lanan Racing’s championship challenger Piers Prior taking fourth and keeping the Brit’s championship effort alive.

Guest driver Emmo Fittipaldi Jr, the 13-year-old son of F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi, finished 12th in his first race.

The reverse grid race two again saw plenty of action, with a spectacular opening lap crash at Paddock Hill Bend wiping out several drivers.

Guest driver Adam made it through the carnage to lead the first lap from Douglas Motorsport’s Callan O’Keeffe and Fortec Motorsports’ Ben Hingeley, while Varrone began his challenge by moving to 14th from 25th on the grid.

A spin into the gravel at Surtees dropped O’Keeffe to sixth, leaving Adam well clear of Hingeley, who was running in second ahead of JHR’s Carter Williams.

Come the halfway point, Hingeley was lapping quicker than Adam and putting the GT ace under pressure, but the experienced Adam was able keep a cool clear head taking victory by 2.7 seconds from Hingeley, with Williams taking third.

Ahmed claimed fourth ahead of Scott, while Prior moved into sixth on the last lap thanks to a mistake from Kieran Vernon, Championship leader Varrone secured seventh from the back of the grid in another impressive drive, further strengthening his championship charge…

British F3 iRacing Championship, Race 1 Round 4

  1. Nico Varrone Chris Dittmann Racing  17 LAPS
  2. Harrison Scott Douglas Motorsport  +6.049
  3. Ulysse de Pauw Douglas Motorsport  +7.153
  4. Piers Prior Lanan Racing  +7.305
  5. Kieran Vernon Chris Dittmann Racing  +7.657
  6. Oliver Clarke Hillspeed  +9.188

British F3 iRacing Championship, Race 2, Round 4

  1. Jonny Adam Independent  17 LAPS
  2. Ben Hingeley Fortec Motorsports  +2.735
  3. Carter Williams JHR Developments  +3.718
  4. Enaam Ahmed Carlin  +3.776
  5. Harrison Scott Douglas Motorsport  +4.360
  6. Piers Prior Lanan Racing  +8.225
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