Tincknell follows in the footsteps of Grand Prix legend Ayrton Senna.
PUBLISHED: 20:37 22 June 2011
TIPTON St John racing star Harry Tincknell has followed in the footsteps of Grand Prix legend Ayrton Senna, in the same month that the acclaimed documentary on the Brazilian F1 driver's life has made its silver screen debut.
A commanding win in round 11 of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series adds Tincknell’s name to an illustrious list of British F3 victors that includes Senna and other F1 Champions such as Nigel Mansell, Sir Jackie Stewart and more recently Jenson Button.
Tincknell’s debut F3 victory came when he visited Brands Hatch, Kent, for rounds 10-12 of the highly-competitive championship at the weekend, 18-19 June 2011.
The talented teenager opened his weekend with 14th position in qualifying, before an efficient pit-stop saw him climb to a respectable tenth-place finish in Saturday’s opening race, which put him on pole position for round 11.
Tincknell made a great start, keeping ahead of Menasheh Idafar who was second. An opening lap crash saw the safety car introduced, however Tincknell kept his concentration at the restart to lead the
20-strong field for the duration of the 13-lap race.
The 19-year-old, one of just ten drivers hand-picked from 34,000 competition license holders for the Motor Sports Association Team UK programme that supports young motorsport talent, finished his weekend with a credible ninth position in round 12, a result which places Tincknell tenth in the overall championship standings.
“It’s an amazing feeling to have got my first win,” said Tincknell. “This result is testament to the hard work that the Fortec Motorsports guys put in, as the first race pit-stop really helped put me on pole for race two. It was a tough race, but I’m delighted to have made the most of my grid position and earn my place at the top of the podium.
“I can’t wait to start charging up the standings when we take on some European circuits during the next part of the season,” Tincknell continued. “The work I’ve put in with MSA Team UK is really starting to come good and I’m improving all the time, so it’s been great to repay the faith that’s been placed in me with my performance here at Brands Hatch.”
Tincknell next races at Nürburgring, Germany, over the first three days of July.