Jaime Alguersuari has put himself in a great position to steal the British Formula 3 title off Oliver Turvey after a lights-to-flag victory at Donington Park.

The Spaniard has slashed the margin to the Brit down from 12 points to just three after Turvey finished several seconds adrift in third place, behind also Brendon Hartley.

Marking a 1-2-3 result for Carlin Motorsport, Alguersuari used his pole position - inherited when Hartley was penalised for a yellow flag infringement - to claim an early lead, with the New Zealander slotting in behind.

Although the Spaniard never looked like being beaten, Hartley did come close in the final stages as they approached lapped traffic. Nonetheless, another win for the Red Bull backed youngster ensures a grandstand finish ahead of the final race.

Despite Turvey's slender lead, the Brit has it all to do in the second race from 14th position on the grid after struggling in damp qualifying. With Alguersuari starting second behind Oliver Oakes, the advantage is arguably with him.

Elsewhere, Dean Smith made his bid for a Formula 3 drive in 2009 by finishing fourth on his debut with Fortec Motorsport, while Sam Abay made it all four Carlin cars in the top five in fifth.

Nick Tandy charged through the field to claim sixth, ahead of Atte Mustonen and Marcus Ericsson in the second Fortec machine.

Henry Surtees, meanwhile, finished an excellent ninth overall to claim the National Class honours on his debut for the Carlin team. Jay Bridger finished second in class and tenth overall.

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