Chart on top in Silverstone GP opener

Enigma Motorsport’s Henry Chart converted his first pole into his maiden F3 Cup victory during today’s (Saturday 27 April) opening race at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

Enigma Motorsport's Henry Chart converted his first pole into his maiden F3 Cup victory during today's (Saturday 27 April) opening race at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

The Seer Green racer got away well off the line, closely followed by Mark Bailey Racing's Alice Powell with the two quickly pulling clear of the rest of the pack. Chart never really looked troubled though, managing the gap until the closing stages when a slight lock-up allowed Powell to close in but Chart hung on to claim a deserved first win.

Third-place starter Alex Craven got bogged down off the line to drop to fifth but pulled back a place and almost made it two with a last dash to the line with Louis Hamilton-Smith who claimed the final podium spot despite starting sixth.

Olly Rae drove a solid race from P8 on the grid to round out the top five and finishing as the Trophy Class winner, just ahead of Tristan Cliffe who crossed the line a few tenths behind.

Privateer Dave Scott enjoyed an impressive showing gaining seven places to finish P9 ahead of Chris Needham who also came from the rear of the grid to complete the top 10.

Speaking afterwards Chart said: "I managed to pull away during the middle of the race but I could see Alice was quicker in the second half of the lap and could see her catching in my mirrors. I perhaps spent too much time looking in my mirrors and locked up towards the end of the final lap but I managed to hang on to take my first win which I'm very pleased with."

Round 4 of the 2013 MSVR F3 Cup takes place tomorrow at 10:15am.

MSVR F3 Cup - Round 3 Silverstone GP results:

1. Henry Chart, Enigma Motorsport, 10 laps
2. Alice Powell, Mark Bailey Racing, +0.236s
3. Louis Hamilton-Smith, Privateer, +10.796s
4. Alex Craven, Lanan Racing, +10.928s
5. Olly Rae, Enigma Motorsport, +35.580s (Trophy Class)
6. Tristan Cliffe, Omicron Motorsport, +35.809s
7. Dave Karakus, Dave Karakus Racing, +40.141s (Trophy Class)
8. James Cross, AW Tracksport, +41.009s
9. David Scott, Privateer, +49.239s
10.Chris Needham, DST Group Ltd, +49.939s