12 Aug Guimaraes takes his first British F3 win
10th-11th August 2013, Brands Hatch – A busy weekend at Brands Hatch saw Fortec’s Felipe Guimaraes take his first win in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series. Team-mate Will Buller suffered from a tricky weekend and now sits second overall in the championship, just one point adrift of the lead.
As the lights went out to mark the start of race 1, Buller made a lightning start, jumping up to fourth place from seventh. Unfortunately stewards deemed it to be a jump-start and handed Buller a drive-through penalty that dropped him down into eighth place as the consequence.
For Guimaraes his start had not gone to plan as he slipped from fifth into eighth, however the Brazilian was soon gaining pace and sat in seventh, as Buller took his drive-through penalty putting him in eighth behind his Fortec team-mate.
The pair battled it out, with Buller passing Guimaraes on the penultimate lap heading through Paddock Hill Bend and crossing the line in sixth, also receiving a bonus point for the fastest lap of the race. Guimaraes followed, taking the chequered flag in seventh.
The second race of the weekend saw Guimaraes take his first win of the series. After taking advantage of a poor start for pole-sitter Tatiana Calderon (Double R Racing) to inherit second place, Guimaraes soon became race leader after Buller unfortunately received another drive-through penalty for a jump-start.
Guimaraes was soon showing his pace and, after Buller took his penalty, had an over three second lead from Jann Madenborough (Carlin) in second place. Guimaraes kept his opposition at bay and took the chequered flag in first by 2.6 seconds. Buller was demoted to ninth after being handed a penalty for not respecting the track limits, however post race video evidence saw his penalty rescinded and he took points for fourth place.
The third and final race of the weekend saw Guimaraes and Buller have a good getaway. However on the second lap they both got caught in a tangle with Antonio Giovinazzi as they all fought for the same piece of track heading into Druids Corner.
Guimaraes managed to escape the incident, however Giovinazzi retired from the race due to suspension damage. Buller went back to the pits and returned to the track, finishing twelfth place overall. Guimaraes fought back to take the chequered flag in fourth.