Felix Serralles picks up the prestigious title of Mobil Service Centre Master at Monza last weekend.
A week after scoring his maiden Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series race victory, Fortec’s Felix Serralles racked up his second this morning at a streaming wet Monza, leading Round 5 from pole to chequered flag. Birthday boy Jack Harvey finished second to regain the lead of the championship.
The weather was so bad that the first two laps of the 20-minute ‘reverse grid’ sprint race were conducted behind the safety car. When the race splashed into life, more than a few runners found the conditions distinctly treacherous: Hannes van Asseldonk did not even make the start, having spun into the barriers on the out lap, while Spike Goddard left the track on the sixth lap.
There were no errors from Serralles, however: the Puerto Rican quickly established a useful lead over T-Sport’s Nick McBride, who had started third on the grid. Carlin man Harvey demoted McBride to third next time around with an impeccably handled manoeuvre at the Variante Ascari, but by this stage Serralles was 4.8s ahead. Harvey took chunks out of the leader’s advantage to close to 3.7s by the line.
“I was unlucky yesterday,” said Felix. “I had the pole but the pit stop put me pretty much last and I just couldn’t do anything much with it. But I was lucky I finished 10th and started today from the pole, which was good because of the conditions. It was a good race, I was just being very cautious and trying not to make any mistakes. Harvey was pushing to catch me but I was able to stay ahead.”
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