Nick Tandy wins for his brother
JTR’s Nick Tandy won in his and the series’ first race since the death of his brother and team boss Joe at Rockingham today. The former Formula Palmer Audi champion was killed in a car crash recently at the age of 26 and Nick paid tribute to him after taking the win today, a win which very nearly didn’t come as the right front suspension collapsed as he crossed the line. It’s his and the team’s first British F3 race win.
Meanwhile, championship leader and pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo failed to complete the first lap after colliding with Renger van der Zande at turn 1. The Dutchman also retired a few laps later with damage. Ricciardo’s failure to finish bringsTandy within 8 points of the lead of the championship with race 2 to come today.
2nd to Tandy was Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson, returning to the championship with Double R, and he led home team mates Daisuke Nakajima and Carlos Huertas. Welshman Hywel Lloyd also impressed, getting as high as 5th before colliding with Walter Grubmuller.
Elsewhere, Yvan Muller won the first WTCC race at Valencia, his 3rd win of the season. In the Valencia supports, Robert Wickens won the first 2 races in the reborn Formula 2 championship from pole, with expected title rival Andy Soucek crashing out of the first race and finished just 4th in the second, and Fabio Leimar and Kasper Andersen won the Formula Master races. At Oulton Park, Colin Turkington took the win in the first BTCC race of the day. More results to come later