Gutierrez runs at front of field for win in F3-A Birmingham Feature

Image by Dean Shackleton
Good action off the start

Rider captures hairline finish

Image by Dean Shackleton
Following Grecian straight up the middle
F3-A Birmingham Feature
ROUND 17
20 Apr 2007
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20 Apr 2007 — Esteban Gutierrez logged seven laps at the front in a first-place run in the F3-A Birmingham Feature in Round 17 of the Formula 3 [East] series.

Gutierrez swapped leads with George Sandman in a long and persistent battle for the race lead from the early stages, running within a turn of each other over a range of 18 laps. Gutierrez drove nearly equal parts leading Sandman after originally being engaged by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 3, Gutierrez got around Sandman and into first place on lap 16, and defended it against pressure by Sandman the remaining five laps to the finish.

Gutierrez is 16th in the standings for the series. He has four starts and led nine of his 31 laps raced while taking the win once.

Kane Rider raced past the checkered flag a hairline 0.381 seconds ahead of Bruce Fisher to take fourth place.

George Sandman led all drivers most for 13 of 20 laps but ultimately settled for second place.

Rider spent nearly equal parts of 14 laps total leading Grecian Worship after challenging and passing him on lap 7. Rider got around Worship and into fourth place on lap 7, and defended it against pressure by Worship another eight laps toward the exhilarating finish with Fisher.

Rider is 30th in the standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as fourth.

Sandman traded positions with Esteban Gutierrez in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for the race lead from the early stages, running within an apex of each other over a range of 18 laps. Sandman drove nearly equal parts leading Gutierrez after originally catching and passing him on the third lap. Sandman fended off a prolonged challenge by Gutierrez midway through, staying just a turn ahead of him over a solid run of nine laps. Ultimately Sandman lost the spot on lap 16 and settled into second the few laps running to the finish.

Sandman moves up to 10th in the standings, now tied in points with ninth's Pete Young following Young's 11th-place finish. Sandman has three starts and led 23 of his 61 laps while taking the victory once.

Formula 3 [East] series moves on to Round 18 later this day at Barber Motorsports Park. The series has 59 drivers competing for points in the championship.

David Banta leads the championship. The title continues to be challenged by Bruce Fisher and Grecian Worship. The Top 5 places are an open ring for 59 drivers in the running with three races remaining.

From the 14th spot on the starting grid, Grecian Worship worked through the field of 14 to claim sixth place at the finish.

Worship drove nearly equal parts of 14 laps total leading Bruce Fisher after being targeted by him on lap 6. In the end Worship settled into sixth the half-dozen laps running to the conclusion.

Worship remains in third in the standings, increasing the lead over rival Dean Shackleton to 16 points. Worship has 13 starts and led 26 of his 177 laps while finishing as high as second.

Bruce Fisher captured fifth place.

Patrick Patritti made a final pass on the last lap for a seventh-place finish.

Fisher ran nearly equal parts of 14 laps total leading Grecian Worship after challenging and passing him on lap 15, coming from as many as six positions back. Fisher cleared Worship and into fifth place on lap 15, and kept it the remaining few laps to the finish.

Fisher remains in second in the standings, increasing the lead over rival Grecian Worship to 27 points. Fisher has 17 starts and led 14 of his 259 laps while taking the win twice.

Patritti mixed it up with Jerry Daniels in a prolonged battle for seventh from the early stages, wrangling over a span of 20 laps. Patritti spent the majority pursuing Daniels after initially being challenged and passed by him on the fourth lap. Patritti passed Daniels and into seventh place on his final lap.

Patritti is 38th in the standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as seventh.

David Banta captured third place.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Esteban Gutierrez 20 26:09.265
2 George Sandman Pabst Racing Simulators 20 26:13.193
3 David Banta CanAm Racing 20 26:26.941
4 Kane Rider 20 26:51.455
5 Bruce Fisher Talon Racing 20 26:51.836
6 Grecian Worship RS Motorsport 20 27:18.564
7 Patrick Patritti Patritti Motorsports 20 27:26.558
8 Jerry Daniels Talon Racing 20 27:30.159
9 Mitchell Weirich 19 26:11.225
10 Dean Shackleton CanAm Racing 19 26:14.955
11 Pete Young Talon Racing 19 27:03.493
12 Barry Kennedy Race2Play Orphans 18 26:37.976
13 Tim Carty Freakin' Hot Motorsports 9 DNF
14 Yury Korn Scuderia Internazionale 0 DNF
POSTRACE

INT
–42.570
FIN
5
Q
5
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Bruce Fisher at 01:28 AM on Fri Apr 20 UTC

Good race - fun track to race on. I spun tires at the start and got passed by 2 drivers (Grecian and Rider I think). I then pushed too hard to repass them... spun on cold tires/brakes.

I probably had more fun than most though - dropped back to 10th and worked my way up to 5th - that's always fun! LOL

Good clean racing guys.

INT
–42.189
FIN
4
Q
7
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Kane Rider at 02:00 AM on Fri Apr 20 UTC

good fun guys, did ok on the first race, started 7th i believe and found myself in 5th after the 2nd corner with grecian getting a blinder start and he moved ahead of me, i slowly plugged him back to get 4th, but fisher did well to get back up and i only just held on hehe.

INT
–1 L
FIN
10
Q
13
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Dean Shackleton at 02:28 AM on Fri Apr 20 UTC

Hehe, whacky race. Got a hell of a start, as I had to battle Grecian for the "middle" as we rocketed past about 4 cars. Then in the next turn gained a couple more. Sweet. I'm in 6th from the back!

Couple laps later I spun by myself though and ended up about 10 secs behind 10th. Nice going. Just tried my best to catch up from then on. Mitch was chasing me for a while, until I slipped off a little. Then I chased him for a while.

We eventually caught up nearing the end, and I snuck-in to the top ten, somehow.

Grats on the sweep Esteban.

INT
–2 L
FIN
12
Q
8
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Barry Kennedy at 07:47 AM on Fri Apr 20 UTC

Once again snagged by an out of control driver.Pit stop for repairs did not help.Eventually ripped a wheel of.

INT
–1:09.299
FIN
6
Q
14
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Grecian Worship at 10:57 AM on Fri Apr 20 UTC

Man this race was great! I had an amazing start (14th to 4th by t1) WOOT! :))) Juat got hte perfect bit of wheelspin and grip and off I went while everyone was going backwards :) .....and Dean using my slipstream to gain places as well tut tut :D

Then my rears were hitting high 90's and i slipped down to 6th.

So much fun with the East chaps!! ..oh and even the canadians too!

lmao


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