Tincknell races back to form
PUBLISHED: 19:08 28 September 2011
Exeter racing driver Harry Tincknell returned to form in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Derbyshire's Donington Park circuit, overcoming a disappointing qualifying session to claim two top-ten finishes on the final weekend of September.
A lap of 1:24.355 put Fortec Motorsports’ Tincknell 16th on the grid for the weekend’s final race, while a second-fastest time of 1:24.468 meant the talented teenager would start the opening encounter in 14th position.
The 19-year-old made a great start to race one, working his way through the field to climb up to a seventh-place finish, making him the top Fortec Motorsports finisher.
Second on the grid for round 26, Sidmouth’s Tincknell was fourth in the running order after the first lap. Not to be outdone, he once again displayed overtaking prowess, passing both his Fortec team-mate Will Buller and Australia’s Scott Pye to reclaim second place. Contact with the latter forced Tincknell off track, but the Devon racer recovered to finish a credible fifth in the 21-strong field.
During the event’s final session, Tincknell again impressed, ascending from 16th to eighth by the chequered flag in a wet race. However, a late tyre change on the grid due to the changeable conditions saw Tincknell receive a ten-second penalty, meaning his final classification was 14th.
The result leaves Tincknell tenth in what is considered one of the world’s most competitive single-seater series ahead of the season finale at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, on 8-9 October 2011.
“After a tough qualifying session I’ve come away with two top-ten finishes and yet more championship points,” said Tincknell. “With just three races to go I’m determined to finish the season on a high at Silverstone.”