Craven champion as Sainz wins again

Carlos Sainz, jnr. matched his teammate and friend Antonio Felix Da Costa by taking a Snetterton F3 Cup double but it was Alex Craven who had the biggest reason to celebrate.

Carlos Sainz, jnr. matched his teammate and friend Antonio Felix Da Costa by taking a Snetterton F3 Cup double but it was Alex Craven who had the biggest reason to celebrate.

Craven's second place in class wrapped up the 2013 F3 Cup championship by 10 points to give Lanan Racing their second drivers' title this year along with Jake Hughes' BRDC Formula 4 title. The Cornwall based racer has been supremely consistent all season, taking 14 podiums from 18 races.

The race was forced to be restarted when an overheated clutch left Antonio Felix Da Costa stranded on the line. Carlos Sainz jnr suffered a similar issue but was able to get away cleanly. In third, Tristan Cliffe also suffered from clutch issues and couldn't get off the line creating a tricky narrow avenue for the cars behind. Robbie Watts and Tony Bishop came together and collided with Felix Da Costa. All three drivers clambered out of their cars unscathed and the race was restarted.

Cliffe this time got away and he entered Riches ahead of Sainz, Chart matched his launch and hit turn one in second. Sainz picked his way into second and then slipped through into the lead at the Esses for the first time. Cliffe's race only lasted one more corner as he hit a patch of water and turned around, spinning onto the Coram grass. Frank Thomas behind hit the same water and followed Cliffe into a spin.

That promoted Chart into the Cup Class lead and champion-elect Craven into second. The third placed Alice Powell was the only driver who could still deny Craven the title and she needed to win and hope Craven failed to make the podium.

Craven managed the gap to Powell, matching her lap by lap to keep the gap at around the 1.5 second mark to ensure he was the second-ever F3 Cup champion. Chart powered his way to the flag to end his unfortunate season on a high. The deserved win was his second of the season and the perfect fillip to take into 2014.

Mark Harrison's superb form continued and he was only denied the fastest lap of the race when Craven made his final run to the flag in 2013 in some style. That stellar lap gave him an extra point to add to his championship-winning cushion.

Olly Rae took a fine fifth from the Trophy Class, fourth of the points-scorers. He kept a charging Gino Ussi and Harrison behind him. Thomas recovered from his spin and took ninth behind Nick Robinson.

Round nine race two classification

  1. Carlos Sainz jr - 9 laps
  2. Henry Chart - +32.707
  3. Alex Craven - +34.556
  4. Alice Powell - +35.944
  5. Olly Rae (Trophy) - +50.608
  6. Mark Harrison - +51.087
  7. Gino Ussi - + 55.855
  8. Nick Robinson - +1:29.968
  9. Frank Thomas - +1 lap