Maiden British F3 win for Scott Pye

Scott Pye

Scott Pye

Australian Scott Pye has claimed his first victory in the British Formula 3 International Series, taking a round win in Rockingham.

After posting only an eighth place finish in the weekend’s opening race, the 21-year-old started Round 23 of the championship from pole position and proceeded to hold onto the lead until the chequered flag, with Felipe Nasr finishing over 10.2s adrift in second place.

Using the wet weather to his advantage, Pye had crucially managed to keep a determined Kevin Magnussen at bay off the start.

“It was all about the start,” said Pye.

“With the spray and the rain it was going to be difficult to overtake.

“Kevin and I made very similar starts but I led into Turn 1 and commanded the race from there. After that it was just a case of keeping my head down.

“I knew that we were quick in the wet and though there was a lot of pressure with Kevin and Felipe behind me I kept my head down and drove away.”

In Round 22, race leader Felipe Nasr had been forced to serve a drive-through penalty for not respecting the track limits – handing the lead and subsequent win to pole-sitter Pietro Fantin.

The last race of the weekend at Rockingham saw Magnussen finally turn some of his speed into a win, fighting off second placed Fantin throughout the race and holding his position through two safety car periods.

Third place for Nasr however was enough for the Brazilian to be crowned champion with six races still remaining.

“It’s great – I still don’t quite get what it means,” said Nasr.

“This feels like the end of a normal race for me, and yet I feel very happy.

“Grabbing the title early on here is just amazing. It’s been a lot of work, a lot of dedication from the team, and it’s very special.”

British Formula 3 International Series Standings after Round 24

1

Felipe NASR Carlin 297

2

Kevin MAGNUSSEN Carlin 174

3

William BULLER Fortec Motorsport 171

4

Carlos HUERTAS Carlin 166

5

Jazeman JAAFAR Carlin 159

6

Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK Carlin 144

7

Lucas FORESTI Fortec Motorsport 140

8

Pietro FANTIN Hitech Racing 100

9

Jack HARVEY Carlin 92

10

Harry TINCKNELL Fortec Motorsport 68

11

Antonio Felix da COSTA Hitech Racing 51

11

Riki CHRISTODOULOU Hitech Racing 51

13

Scott PYE Double R Racing 48

14

Hywel LLOYD Sino Vision Racing 33

14

Menasheh IDAFAR T-Sport 33

16

Pipo DERANI Double R Racing 14

17

Pedro NUNES Hitech Racing 10

18

Fahmi ILYAS Fortec Motorsport 7

19

Bart HYLKEMA T-Sport 5

20

Adderly FONG Sino Vision Racing 1

20

Bruno MENDEZ Hitech Racing 1

22

Carlos MUNOZ Signature 0

22

Daniel ABT Signature 0

22

Daniel JUNCADELLA Prema Powerteam 0

22

Hannes van ASSELDONK Van Amersfoort Racing 0

22

Laurens VANTHOOR Signature 0

22

Marco WITTMANN Signature 0

22

Marko ASMER Double R Racing 0

22

Max SNEGIREV Hitech Racing 0

22

Raffaele MARCIELLO Prema Powerteam 0

22

Roberto MERHI Prema Powerteam 0

22

Yann CUNHA T-Sport 0

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