Nelson Piquet Jr added to the family record books by taking two dominant victories at Brands Hatch in the final two rounds of the British F3 Championship.

"Everything worked as we wanted it, the team deserved it," said Piquet after his first races on the demanding grand prix course that played host to his father's 1983 European GP win.

In the Scholarship class, Ernesto Viso claimed the title even though he failed to finish the second race. Victory in the opening race set the Venezuelan up for the crown and, when he tangled with Steven Kane in the second race, the championship was secure.

Piquet grabbed the lead at the start of the opening race and pulled steadily away from his rivals to score an emphatic victory.

"It was a perfect race," said the young Brazilian, as Will Davison (Menu) and Danny Watts (Hitech) joined him on the podium. Jamie Green (Carlin Motorsport) had run third in the early laps but spun out, allowing Piquet to close the gap in the battle for second in the championship.

"I got a good start," admitted Piquet of the opening 200 yards of the race that set the seal on his victory.

Once ahead, the Piquet Sports driver pulled away lap by lap and was more than five seconds clear at the end of the race.

"I think we can improve the car again for the second race," he predicted from the podium, "and it is always good for your head to win a race."

"I knew I had to do it at the first corner," acknowledged Davison, admitting that a poor start had left him with no chance to beating Piquet to Paddock Hill Bend, "He attacked pretty hard in the first few laps."

A strong start put Green into third from fifth on the grid, but his race went wrong on the fourth lap at Hawthorns.

"He put two wheels on the grass as he turned in," reckoned Watts, who was close behind at the time and, as Green fought to regain control, touched the Carlin car and pitched Green into a spin and out of the race, "He went flying off and I was lucky to keep it on."

Billy Asaro (P1 Motorsport) chased Watts home in fourth, as Eric Salignon (Hitech), Robert Dahlgren (Fortec) and Andrew Thompson (Hitech) contested fifth.

Viso moved nearer to the Scholarship class title by winning convincingly from Kane in the first encounter.

"I just pushed for a couple of laps to get fastest lap," said the P1 Motorsport driver, who then concentrated on taking Scholarship victory, "There was no point in fighting with the Championship class cars, but I just kept Robbie Kerr behind me as a cushion."

Watched by his mentor Damon Hill, Kane fought ahead of his T-Sport team-mate Karun Chandhok early in the race, but was never able to close the gap to Viso. That result sent Viso into the final race of the season needing only second place in class to win the Scholarship title.

Despite the second race being halted and re-started after Manor Motorsport team-mates Tor Graves and Lewis Hamilton crashed out, Piquet was peerless and romped clear for his second victory of the day.

Robert Doornbos (Menu) and Green completed the podium finishers, with Green securing the championship runner-up position in the process. With a blistering start from sixth on the grid, champion Alan van der Merwe stormed into fourth at the first corner and then chased his Carlin Motorsport team mate to the flag.

"I made two good starts, but you just can't overtake here," reckoned van der Merwe, who came home an uncharacteristic eleventh in race one, "It was a little frustrating."

Asaro completed his excellent day by taking fifth as Dahlgren again finished sixth.

Viso clinched the Scholarship class title despite not finishing the race after he and Kane clashed at Druids, with the Irish driver attacked for the lead. Both spun out of the race, leaving Chandhok to win.

"It was a strange race," admitted Chandhok after finishing his season with another victory.

 

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