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Ricciardo dominates in Brands opener
20 September 2009
Newly crowned British Formula 3 Champion Daniel Ricciardo showed no signs of losing motivation for the final round of the season at Brands Hatch as he romped to a dominant victory in the first race of the day.
The Australian led all the way from pole position and broke the lap record twice to complete the largest victory margin of the season thus far at 15 seconds.
His seventh victory of the season, Ricciardo led home a Carlin-Volkswagen 1-2 with Max Chilton finishing a lonely second position as he led the futile chase for Red Bull-backed youngster.
"From the start I just got away and focused on my job and didn't have to worry once about what was going on behind me,” he said. “Carlin prepared an amazing car which was suited just perfectly to the conditions, which made my job quite easy. David Brabham wished me all the best and congratulated me on the title win; it's great to see him here supporting us young kids."
With many of the passes being committed on the opening lap, Chilton held second to the chequered flag, with Riki Christodoulou and Marcus Ericsson converting their third and fourth place starting positions to finish in the same place.
Walter Grubmuller crossed the line fifth to move closer to snatching the runners-up position in the standings at the expense of absent Hitech team-mate Renger van der Zande. They are now equal on points with one race remaining.
Carlos Huertas held sixth throughout, ahead of Henry Arundel, all the way to the flag. Wayne Boyd made the best of a dramatic opening lap, making up three places but suffering front wing damage in the process which led to T-Sport calling him into the pits for repairs. Wayne's team-mate, Adriano Buzaid, profited from Boyd's pit stop, inheriting eighth.
National Class Champion Daniel McKenzie made up an astonishing six places thanks to a lightning start and aggressive opening lap, the Fortec driver winning his class easily and collecting ninth overall, ahead of Hywel Lloyd.
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