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Felix Serralles makes it two from three for Fortec

Felix Serralles makes it two from three for Fortec

08.04.2012: Felix Serralles made a stunning start to this afternoon’s feature race to take a commanding victory, making it two wins from three for Fortec at Oulton Park.




Felix Serralles made a stunning start to this afternoon’s feature race to take a commanding victory, making it two wins from three for Fortec at Oulton Park.

 

Serralles started from second on the grid for the third and final Cooper Tires British Formula Three International Series race which got underway at 1700 at a dry but chilly Oulton Park. The Puerto Rican, in only his third British F3 race passed Harvey out of the first corner and began to pull away from race one winner Jack Harvey. Serralles was however unable to extend a lead over the Carlin man as Pipo Derani – the winner of today’s second race – failed to get away at the start, warranting the deployment of the safety car for the second race in a row.
 

Once Derani’s car was cleared, the race re-started and Serralles led without challenge from Harvey in second. Further down the field, Alex Lynn  began to close down Jazeman Jaafar for fifth, while Hannes van Asseldonk was hot on the heels of Pietro Fantin until an incident at Druids on lap six cut short the Dutchman’s race.
 

At the fore, Serralles looked utterly at ease as the Fortec man didn’t put a wheel wrong. A string of quick laps, including the fastest lap of the race – a 1:28.902 – saw him stretch out a lead of over 2.5 seconds from Harvey, who had no answer to Serralles’s pace and Felix drove his Mercedes-powered Fortec home to make it two wins from three for the Fortec squad.
 

Despite closing in on Jaafar early on, Alex Lynn was unable to bring a challenge to the Malaysian in the closing stages of the feature race and the Essex-based star was forced to settle for sixth.
 

Serralles was overjoyed to take victory this afternoon: “I’m really so so happy – the whole team has worked so hard, I drove really well and I’m just thrilled to get my first F3 victory under my belt in only my third race. I put in a great qualifying lap yesterday to secure second on the grid and I knew I could make a good start and it was just perfect for me.”
 

Today’s results see Felix move up to fifth in the drivers’ standings, with Pipo Derani in sixth, Alex Lynn in eighth, and Hannes van Asseldonk rounding out the top ten.
 

The Cooper Tires British Formula Three International Series travels to Europe and Monza for the next three rounds of the Championship. 
 

You can see highlights of this weekend’s races on Channel 4 next Saturday 14 April at 7am with midweek repeats, while Motors TV will also screen an hour-long programme on the same day (times TBC).




Lizzie Isherwood , photo Paul Davies

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