Richard Antinucci secured fourth place in the final British F3 Championship standings for Promatecme F3 team at Brands Hatch over the weekend.

Two top ten finishes on the daunting Grand Prix circuit during the final two races of the season placed Antinucci fourth in the final points table. Meanwhile, Fairuz Fauzy battled back into contention after illness badly affected his pre-race testing.

Antinucci posted 13th fastest time in the opening session and then improved to 11th for the second race. Despite being less than eight tenths of a second slower away from the pole position time, Richard would face a tough day on Sunday trying to battle his way into the top ten.

Fauzy started the race weekend at a disadvantage, having felt unwell during Friday's all-important test session. "Fairuz was struggling a little to work on his set-up because he was feeling ill," explained team boss Chris Weller. Fairuz qualified only 23rd for the first race, but improved significantly to take 14th slot on the grid for the second race. "We'll try and refine the set-up of the cars a little bit before the races," added Weller.

Antinucci was one of the stars of the opening race thanks to a mighty start. In the space of the first two corners, Antinucci made up four places. "I got a good start and had the momentum," said Richard who emerged from the Druids Hairpin in ninth place. When Jamie Green spun out of third place on lap four, Antinucci was up to eighth.

However, with such evenly-matched cars, any more overtaking was virtually impossible and Antinucci had to settle for eighth, running close to the three cars battling for fifth.

Fairuz also paid the penalty for starting well down the grid in the opening race. He worked through to 17th place, and then spent the second half of the race trying to depose Scott Speed from 16th place. "The race was good, but I was fighting from the back. I just wanted to keep the car okay for the second race," explained Fairuz.

Unfortunately, the second race was badly interrupted by an accident and ran as a two-part affair covering a total of just 12 laps. That gave the Promatecme drivers little chance to move up the order, although Antinucci battled into ninth in the opening laps. With Danny Watts finishing outside the top 10, it was enough to secure fourth place for Antinucci in the championship standings. In the few laps available, Fairuz worked onto the tail of Watts in 13th place, fending off 2002 champion Robbie Kerr in the process.

 

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