26 Oct 2009 — Sam Michaels started on the pole and led every lap on the way to a commanding victory for his 10th career victory in the F3: Brands Hatch in the fourth and final round of the CMC British Formula 3 series.
Michaels drove all of 20 laps total leading Matt Crash after being engaged by him on the first lap. Michaels controlled the race lead every lap from green flag to victory.
Michaels finished the series in front of the standings. Michaels made four starts and led 83 of his 84 laps while taking the victory four times.
The notable win for Michaels came on his ninth outing in the Formula 3 '06. Michaels has taken the Formula 3 '06 to Brands Hatch two times, and this was his second win there. He turned his fastest laps yet, shaving 1.121 seconds off his previous best lap time.
Mike Guzman passed through more than half the field from ninth on the starting grid to third place at the finish line.
Guzman traded positions multiple rounds with Alan Strang in a long and tense battle for fourth starting early on, running within a scuff of each other over a range of 18 laps. Guzman ran the majority pursuing Strang after catching him on the first lap, coming from as many as four positions back. Guzman launched an extended challenge at Strang midway through, staying within a scrape behind him and keeping pace over an unbroken run of seven laps. Guzman got around Strang for the second time and into third place on lap 15, and held it the remaining few laps to the finish.
Guzman finished the series 10th in the standings. He made one start and finished as high as third.
Making his 10th start in the Formula 3 '06, Alan Strang drove to a fourth-place finish.
Strang wrestled the advantage back and forth with Mike Guzman in a lengthy and unrelenting battle for third from the early stages, running within a scrape of each other over a span of 17 laps. Strang ran nearly equal parts leading Guzman after being engaged by him on the first lap. Strang fended off a prolonged challenge by Guzman midway through, staying just a scuff ahead of him over an unbroken run of seven laps. Ultimately Strang lost the spot on lap 15 and settled into fourth the few laps running to the conclusion.
Strang finished the series fourth in the standings. Strang made four starts and finished as high as fourth.
CMC British Formula 3 series finished its season after four rounds spanning several weeks. A total of 25 drivers competed for points in the championship.
In the 10 career runs taken by Strang in the Formula 3 '06, he has finished as high as fourth four times. Strang has taken the car to Brands Hatch three times. He turned his fastest laps yet, shaving 1.548 seconds off his previous best lap time.
Sam Michaels won the championship, leading 83 laps and taking four victories in four races. Matt Crash, Janos Kob, Alan Strang, and Mike Dos Santos finished out the Top 5.
Neil Marlow made his 10th start in the Formula 3 '06 and captured sixth place.
Marlow traded positions with Ryan McConkey in a fervent battle for sixth from the middle stages, passing each other twice over a range of five laps. Marlow ran nearly equal parts leading McConkey after being caught by him on lap 9. After losing the spot on lap 11, Marlow got around McConkey and into sixth place on lap 13, and controlled it the remaining few laps to the finish.
Marlow finished the series sixth in the standings. Marlow made four starts and finished as high as sixth.
In the 10 career runs taken by Marlow in the Formula 3 '06, he has finished as high as second once. Marlow has taken the car to Brands Hatch two times. He turned his fastest laps yet, shaving 2.708 seconds off his previous best lap time.
Matt Crash captured second place.
Tony Carl Christensen captured fifth place.
Crash ran all of seven laps total leading Mike Guzman after being caught by him on the first lap. After starting third, Crash took second position on the first lap and held it every lap to the checkered flag.
Crash finished the series second in the standings. Crash made three starts and finished as high as second.
Carl Christensen swapped leads with Neil Marlow in a long and persistent fight for fifth from the beginning, passing each other twice over a range of 11 laps. Carl Christensen spent nearly equal parts leading Marlow after being caught by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 2, Carl Christensen passed Marlow and into fifth place on lap 10, and kept it the remaining eight laps to the finish.
Carl Christensen finished the series 13th in the standings. He made one start and finished as high as fifth.