Superb 5th for Mason in Race two of British F3 at Oulton Park
Carlin's Kaylen Frederick converted pole position into a dominant maiden BRDC British F3 victory at Oulton Park this morning, as he headed an American 1-2 with Double R's Neil Verhagen finishing second and taking his maiden podium.
Frederick made a good a good start and then pulled away to take the win by almost five seconds, while Verhagen also operated in clear space in second, finishing almost six seconds clear of Fortec's Manuel Maldonado who finished third, just head of Douglas Motorsport's Kiern Jewiss, who challenged him throughout.
Sasakorn Chaimongkol finished fifth on the road for Hillspeed, but a 10 second time penalty applied for a false start dropped him down the order to 13th at the end of the race. Josh Mason therefore claimed fifth for Lanan Racing, having held off a chain of cars throughout, with only Chaimongkol able to find a way past.
Mason finished half a second ahead of race one winner Clement Novalak, who climbed from 13th on the grid to sixth in the race, with Douglas Motorsport's Ulysse De Pauw and Fortec's Johnathan Hoggard finishing close behind in seventh and eighth.
Nazim Azman claimed his second top-10 result of the weekend for Chris Dittmann Racing, with Douglas Motorsport's Benjamin Pedersen completing the top-10 in the race.
At the start, Frederick out dragged Verhagen down to Old Hall, while Maldonado almost replicated his race two start from this round last year, as he carved through to third from sixth on the grid. As the field filtered through the first few corners, there was contact between Hampus Ericsson and Kris Wright at Shell Oils corner, dropping Ericsson down the order and Wright out of the race.
Frederick led by over eight tenths of a second at the end of lap one from Verhagen and Maldonado, who immediately began his race long defence from Jewiss, while behind them, a train began forming behind Mason, with Chaimongkol at the head of a pack of drivers looking to find their way past, and Novalak already up to seventh from 13th.
Frederick's lead was trimmed on the next lap, but thereon, he pulled away at around half a tenth of a second a lap to take a dominant win.
The main talking points were further behind, as Maldonado continued to hold off the race long challenge from Jewiss. The pair were separated by no less than a second throughout the encounter, with the Venezuelan eventually claiming the final spot on the podium by under four tenths of a second.
Meanwhile Mason was forced to fend off his pursuers for the duration. With his penalty in mind, Chaimongkol was determined to get past the British driver and extend a lead to maintain a decent position, but could only find a way past on lap nine, leaving him time to only pull out a gap of around four seconds over Mason. With the remaining runners all immediately behind Mason, it meant that Chaimongkol was only able to finish ahead of Ericsson, who was three laps down.
With Chaimongkol past, the next driver to try a move on Mason was race one winner Novalak, but with little time remaining was unable to replicate the Thai driver's efforts and settled for sixth, with De Pauw, Hoggard, Azman, Pedersen, Petersson and Ravishankar all within five seconds of Mason at the flag.
The result means that Novalak extends his lead in the championship standings to 17 points over Hoggard, while Ayrton Simmons pulled off at the side of the track into retirement on lap six, and drops to fifth in the standings behind De Pauw and Maldonado.
The top three drivers on the podium were presented with their trophies by BRDC Member Andy Meyrick, the Director of the BRDC SuperStars programme. The final race of the weekend is scheduled to start at 14.15.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Oulton Park race two result: 1. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 13 laps
2. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +4.980s
3. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +10.874s
4. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +11.259s
5. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +23.604s
6. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +24.145s
Photo credit: BRDC British F3 and British GT