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.