Trinka finishes with pass on final lap in F3-A European GP Feature

Davison controls lead from start to finish

Formula 3 '06
F3-A European GP Feature
ROUND 19
27 Apr 2007
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27 Apr 2007 — Darius Trinka made a final pass on the last lap for a second-place finish in the F3-A European GP Feature in the 19th and final round of the Formula 3 [East] series.

Danny Davison led every lap from first-place start to first-place finish.

Trinka took the fight back and forth with Grecian Worship in a long and tense fight for second starting midway through, running within a scuff of each other over a range of 16 laps. Trinka drove equal parts leading Worship after catching and passing him on lap 6. After losing the spot on lap 13, Trinka passed Worship for the second time and into second place on his final lap.

Trinka is 22nd in the standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as second.

Davison drove all of nine laps total leading Darius Trinka after initially being engaged by him on the first lap. Davison controlled the race lead every lap from green flag to win.

Davison is 17th in the standings for the series. He has one start and led 16 of his 16 laps raced while taking the victory once.

David Banta secured the series championship with his run to fourth place.

Banta ran nearly all of 10 laps total leading Steve Blankenship after originally engaging and passing him on the second lap. Banta got around Blankenship and into fourth place on lap 2, and kept it the remaining 14 laps to the conclusion.

The series championship was clinched this round by Banta with his fourth-place run. Banta took the win in seven of his 17 starts, leading 68 of 296 laps total.

Formula 3 [East] series moves on to its 20th and final round later this day at Nuerburg. The series has 67 drivers competing for points in the championship.

One last pass on the final lap put Barry Kennedy in seventh place at the finish line.

The top spot in the series is owned by David Banta, but the remaining places in the Top 5 are an open ring for 11 drivers in the running. Bruce Fisher and Grecian Worship are all within one race of the current podium.

Kennedy traded positions with Steve Blankenship in a close fight for seventh in the late stages, running within a car length of each other over a span of six laps and changing positions two times. Kennedy drove the majority pursuing Blankenship after being challenged and passed by him on lap 12. Kennedy passed Blankenship and into seventh place on his final lap.

Kennedy moves up to fifth in the standings, now tied in points with sixth's George Sandman. Kennedy has 11 starts and finished as high as third.

Grecian Worship won third place.

Worship traded positions back and forth with Darius Trinka in a long and tense fight for second starting midway through, running within a scrape of each other over a stretch of 16 laps. Worship spent equal parts leading Trinka after initially being targeted by him on the first lap. Worship fended off an extended challenge by Trinka in the beginning, staying just a scrape ahead of him over a solid run of five laps. Ultimately Worship lost the spot on lap 16 and settled into third the lap running to the finish.

Worship remains in third in the standings, cutting the gap to second's Bruce Fisher to 22 points. Worship has 15 starts and led 27 of his 205 laps while finishing as high as second.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Danny Davison 16 30:41.058
2 Darius Trinka 16 30:49.416
3 Grecian Worship RS Motorsport 16 30:50.197
4 David Banta CanAm Racing 16 31:09.405
5 Devin Shieh Magic Motorsports 16 31:30.636
6 Tolga Incekaraoglu Scuderia Internazionale 16 31:37.534
7 Barry Kennedy Race2Play Orphans 16 31:51.491
8 Steve Blankenship 16 31:53.918
9 Dean Shackleton CanAm Racing 16 32:04.555
10 Omar Gonzalez Scuderia Internazionale 16 32:21.224
11 Yury Korn Scuderia Internazionale 16 32:24.685
12 Jerry Daniels Talon Racing 16 32:25.169
13 Pete Young Talon Racing 15 31:17.470
14 Eric Bissonnette 15 31:20.396
15 Edgar Villabona Race2Play Orphans 14 DNF
16 Tim Carty Freakin' Hot Motorsports 13 31:27.722
17 Bruce Fisher Talon Racing 6 30:58.200
18 Kelly Maynard Bringin The Pain 3 DNF
19 Kevin Lockridge Bringin The Pain 2 DNF
20 Fernando Deutsch Scuderia Internazionale 1 DNF
POSTRACE

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17
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7
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Bruce Fisher at 03:13 AM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

Grrrr - among my worst finishes. Turn 1 was a fiasco. I was divebombed (maybe that's too strong - but it felt that way) on both sides while trying to avoid the accident in front of me. I felt it was better to give up the spots rather than join the accident. Then, heading into the last corner, the person in front braked way earlier than I do. Thought it was better to go off the road than punt him. Too much damage to finish...

Oh well, that happens sometimes.

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14
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20
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Eric Bissonnette at 03:32 AM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

This being only my second race, and my FIRST completed, I'm kinda hapy, but am amazed at the laps you all put in...8 sec better than my damned best...whoo...I gues i'll get better at this,,, Anyway, was a whole lot of fun..
thanx..
Eric

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–49.578
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5
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6
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Devin Shieh at 04:42 AM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

Sorry again to Tolga and everyone else for messing up the start AGAIN. Braked early enough just forgot how darned slow you have to take T1 and didn't brake hard enough, went a bit wide and got into Tolga. :(

Slowed down to wait for Tolga but in a really bad spot so I ended up going all the way to the very back and working my way back up to 5th place. Not too shabby.

Oh yeah, and thanks everyone for letting me by in qualifying. So very courteous. I didn't expect to catch up to a 3-car pack at the beginning of my first hotlap and wasn't sure if I should just keep going or slow down a lot. Dialed it back a little bit and the 3 drivers in front of me were kind enough to let me by at various parts of the track. Thanks!

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–15 L
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20
Q
8
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Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Fernando Deutsch at 06:27 AM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

Have to apologies to on the start as I brake kind of late and touched Debin too. Somehow I was on 4th place for the first two laps until I spun on the chicane. The problem was my engine died and I could not make it start again, and as I was in a very dangerous place, I decided to quit. Sorry for any inconvenience.

INT
–1:23.497
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9
Q
11
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Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Dean Shackleton at 06:36 AM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

So that must have been you sideways in front of me then Fernando! LOL. Was sure I was going to T-bone you into tommorrow, but you dissappeared just as I got there. Whew. Then later I spun by myself and ruined my race anyway. DOH!

Had a great time in this series with you guys. Thx a lot. Tough competition all season.

Grats on the Championship David.

INT
–49.578
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5
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6
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Devin Shieh at 08:37 AM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

Have to apologies to on the start as I brake kind of late and touched Debin too

Ah, so that's where the right rear suspension damage came from! I had no idea that you'd hit me in the race. I just flipped over to my car status to check things over and noticed that was the only place I had damage and thought it was odd since I didn't notice the hit. Damage wasn't too bad I only noticed it in the first few laps and only very occasionally after that. ;)

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–15 L
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20
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8
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Fernando Deutsch at 04:06 PM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

Yep that was me. I have also reported damage on the front of the car, but it felt ok while driving, so it must have being minor damage.

I am still a bit upset to have to quit as the car was feeling good, but I am glad I escaped on time to avoid ruin your race Dean, so you can ruin it by yourself, just like me ;oD

I have not find enough free time to race, even offline. I feel a bit rusty, but I will try to come back more frequently as I used to be.

INT
–9.138
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3
Q
3
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Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Grecian Worship at 04:57 PM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

Man oh man, I have to say it was prob the best series ive raced in for a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time. You East guys just ROCK!!

My race was great, amazing actually, such a long battle with Darius which as a spectacle was nigh on perfect :)) I was suprised to be a sec quicker than Banta but I guess he was chilling having rapped u the champ before the 1st race started !!! :0

Nothing more to add except huge grats to Banta on champ, 2nd placed Bruce and the awesome guy in 3rd place :))

Tx as well to Tim and the stewards, good job everything was prefect all series.

INT
–28.347
FIN
4
Q
5
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Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by David Banta at 09:55 PM on Fri Apr 27 CEST

after seeing the race pace from the other 2 F3 races, i thought a low 1:55 pace would be pretty good. turns out that i was 1.5 seconds off where i needed to be. argh....

also, i hate this track so i'm just glad not to have to run here again for a while. Thanks for all the great racing and hopefully see you guys again next season :)


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