British F3 – Carlin’s Petersson wins from pole in reverse grid Race Two, Double R’s Verhagen climbs 11 places

Carlin’s Lucas Petersson took a lights to flag victory in an eventful Race Two on Sunday morning.

Petersson led home Benjamin Pedersen by three-seconds ahead of the impressive Neil Verhagen, who made up eight places from 11th on the grid to finish third in a race where overtaking means more points.

Verhagen led home fellow American Kaylen Frederick, with Nadim Azman a strong fifth in the midst of stiff competition around him.

Clement Novalak was sixth after starting 15th in the fully reversed grid ahead of another strong performance from Hampus Ericsson, with Johnathan Hoggard eighth after his last-place start.

Manuel Maldonado and Pavan Ravishankar completed the top ten, with Ayrton Simmons 11th after two offs and Kiern Jewiss losing his front wing attempting to pass Azman to fall to 13th.

Kris Wright dropped from second on the grid to 12th, while Sassakorn Chaimongkol and Ulysse De Pauw came to blows and ended up with damage and Josh Mason retiring after bouncing off the wall following a spin.

Petersson made the most of starting among slower drivers and quickly scampered off into the distance as Wright in particular proved a useful road block until he allowed fellow American Pedersen through midway around the first lap.

Verhagen got a lot of his work done early on to be third by the time the Safety Car was deployed, having disposed of Wright at the end of the first lap.

Mason found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as he tried to tuck back in after a stream of cars had passed him down the inside, making contact with Nadim Azman and skating towards the barrier.

Once the Safety Car period was done, Petersson was able to hold off Pedersen, while Novalak, Ericsson and Hoggard carefully picked their way through some backmarkers with minimal fuss or bother.

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