Jaime Alguersuari took his third win of the 2008 British F3 International Series season to keep his title hopes very much alive as he stormed to victory in race two in Bucharest.
The Spanish Red Bull Junior driver finished ahead of Oliver Turvey and Brendon Hartley to secure the second 1-2-3 for Carlin Motorsport and he also recorded the teams 150th victory. Stefan Wilson returned to winning ways in the National Class after starting fourth on the grid, overtaking Hywel Lloyd seven laps from home. Jay Bridger finished third after falling back to fourth on the opening lap from pole position.
For the third day in a row the sun beat down on the Romanian capital city, with an air temperature of 37 degrees recorded as the drivers filed out onto the grid for Round 20 of 2008 British F3 International Series. On the green flag lap Henry Arundel stalled forcing him to start at the back of the grid.
Oliver Turvey led the 21 car grid into the first corner but Brendon Hartley got a better getaway from second on the grid to get alongside Turvey into turn one. The English driver was on the dirty side of the track and started to run wide, forcing the New Zealander to the outside of the track and allowing third placed Jaime Alguersuari to nip through to take the lead. Hartley was also passed by John Martin and Max Chilton and crossed the line for the first time in fifth place.
Esteban Guerrieri, Sam Abay, Sergio Perez and Michael Devaney all made up two places on the opening lap thanks to Walter Grubmuller dropping down the order and Marcus Ericsson stalling on the grid dropping the Swede from eighth to 19th.
In the National Class pole position holder Jay Bridger had another disastrous opening lap dropping three places as he got caught out at the second chicane by slower cars and then being in the wrong gear. The 2008 National Class champion had to battle with Steven Guerrero for the next four laps for third place while Hywel Lloyd and Stefan Wilson headed off into the distance.
Alguersuari held a one second lead over Turvey and Martin as the cars began their second lap with Hartley challenging Chilton and Martin. As the three cars exited the second chicane they were side by side heading into the last corner with Chilton having to take to the escape road and rejoin behind Hartley but ahead of John Martin. Martin dived down the inside of Chilton at the first corner to regain the place but the Australian was now fourth behind the three Carlin Dallaras.
Hartley now set off after Turvey who was three seconds further up the road and this gap soon began to reduce as Hartley used the speed he had ably demonstrated all weekend.
Esteban Guerrieri moved ahead of Max Chilton on lap three then the Hitech driver came under pressure from the recovering Sergio Perez, the Mexican trying to climb as many places to keep his championship hopes alive. The two cars were nose to tail for four laps and as they crossed the line to begin lap eight Perez went to the outside of Chilton and got ahead of the Hitech Dallara as he braked for the corner. Chilton tucked in behind Perez's T Sport Dallara but then didn't slow down in time, hitting the back of the Mexican's car, spinning it and Perez's championship hopes out of contention. The T-Sport Dallara stopped on the outside of the first corner and was collected by the unfortunate Ricardo Teixeira who came around the bend to find Perez stationary on his racing line. Both cars were eliminated on the spot and the safety car was deployed to allow the two cars to be moved out of harms way.