Harry Tincknell Third in European Championship Standings
Harry Tincknell emerged from the Autodromo di Monza in 3rd place in the FIA European Formula Three Championship points table after a dramatic opening weekend to the season with the final two races taking place in treacherous conditions.
The Devon-based motor racing driver completed his best time for the weekend in Friday’s qualifying with a time of 1.45.638. The time placed Harry Tincknell at 5th on the grid for Saturday’s season opener – in which he held his own to finish 5th out of the 30-strong field. Tincknell then added a 6th and 8th placed finish in Sunday’s final two races to end the opening weekend 3rd in the Championship.
Following Saturday’s opening race, Harry Tincknell said:
“It was a solid opening race of the year. I made a good start but it all got very tight at the first chicane. I managed to get a really good run out of the final corner of the first lap and to pass two cars in one corner was really pleasing. I didn’t quite have the pace to catch the leaders but we’ve made some changes to the car for Sunday’s races which should definitely help.”
With Sunday’s races held in extreme conditions, Tincknell commented:
“The conditions were so terrible here today. You couldn’t see anything if you were in five seconds of the car in front due to the spray being produced off the back of the cars, it was the right decision to red flag the race. I knew I had to be brave at the start and that paid off and I am glad to come away from Sunday with two good points scores and the car in one piece! It was a solid weekend for us and the team worked exceptionally hard. To come away 3rd in the points is a great start and we will build on this at our home track next time out at Silverstone”.
How the weekend unfolded:
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship season opener took place over the weekend of Friday 22 – Sunday 24 March 2013 in Monza, Italy. The weekend consisted of a qualifying round and three points-scoring races.
Qualifying was held on Friday afternoon and Harry Tincknell lapped the 5.79km circuit in a best time of 1.45.638 which was good enough for 5th place on the 30-strong grid for race one the following day.
The track remained dry for Saturday’s season opener and Tincknell made a good start from his 5th placed grid position. Having been squeezed out of position at the first corner, the 21 year old pulled off a superb double pass at the start of the 2nd lap to leapfrog Felix Rosinqvist and Tom Blomqvist to move up to 4th. After a strong race, he eventually finished 5th after a good battle in the closing laps with Northern Ireland’s William Buller.
Races 2 & 3:
Following a day of dry running, the weather in Italy changed dramatically overnight with dark skies clearly showing their intention. Heavy downpours throughout the day forced a safety car start for race two of the weekend. After starting 6th, Tincknell crossed the start/finish in 4th place after a great first lap, but with very limited visibility. The Carlin Motorsport driver controlled the car with good precision in the exceptionally difficult conditions and finished in 5th place after the race was neutralised with four laps to go after a multicar pile up as heavy rain started to fall once again around the track.
The third and final race of the weekend was also started behind the safety car after conditions had failed to improve from the morning. After three laps the organisers deemed the conditions safe enough for racing and Tincknell immediately pounced at the restart passing two cars into the first corner to move up to 6th. Tincknell closed in on the cars in front, but with the conditions so bad due to the spray and standing water it was extremely difficult to make further progress. After six racing laps the safety car was need once again after more crashes and the race was abandoned shortly after with half points being scored.