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vRace 1 – Ben Hingeley claimed a dramatic victory in race one of the BRDC F3 championship at Spa Francorchamps.

Hingeley started third on the grid, but passed Toby Sowery for the lead on lap three at the Bus Stop chicane. At the end of Kemmel straight into Les Combes, Ben was able to make use of the tow to draft past Ahmed. Ben then set about building a lead of two seconds.

Ben said: “Last time out I claimed a win on a brilliant track like Silverstone and I’ve done the same today so I’m really made up. I got a great start and a lovely tow down the back straight on both Toby and Enaam and managed to get around the outside of Enaam. I pushed on to catch Toby and I had the pace on him.”

Race 2 – Race two ended not as Ben had hoped. After starting on 8th on reverse grid Ben got up to 6th by lap two but unfortunately ended up in the pits after having contact with Guilherme Samaia. Hingeley finished 16th but with a good lap time to start higher up on the grid in the next race and Samaia having a five place grid penalty for race 3.

Race 3 – Finishing in third place Ben had said – “It’s great to be back on the podium coming from 6th place on the grid, especially after what happened in race 2, that really put us on the back foot. I think the track had changed today from yesterday especially this morning when it was a bit quicker, and after the GT race it seemed to slow down a lot. It probably hurt us a bit more than it hurt the other two and they had just a tenth or two more every lap which helped them get away. In the end that was enough and I couldn’t catch them. I was hoping that their battling would bring them closer to me but it didn’t happen and third was the best we could do I think.”

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This weekend Ben has been supporting Luke’s Army to help raise funds to fight cancer. Luke who is 13 was diagnosed with Hodgkinsons Lymphoma in December 2016. Ben represented Luke’s Army with stickers on his car, and treated Luke and his family to a day at the first round of the championship at Oulton Park.

Luke was able to spend time with Ben and the Fortec team, and had a sit in the F3 car. We would like to send Luke our very best wishes, please help support him by visiting his fundraising page.  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/luke.ashton

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Ben Hingeley Is counting down the days in preparation to the opening round of the British Formula 3 at Oulton Park. Ben has been keeping in shape with personal trainer Ben Owen of Fast way to fitness and will be testing at the Cheshire circuit at the end of the month.

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Returning racer Ben Hingeley made it an extremely impressive opening day of the 2016 Duo BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy proceedings as he claimed a clean sweep of afternoon practice sessions on Thursday, ensuring he only failed to top the timing screens in one of the four hour-long sessions across the day.

As the action resumed after lunch, the drivers in the field were keen to get in as many laps as possible with Hingeley, who has joined Fortec Motorsports for this weekend, setting the initial pace. Double R Racing’s Dan Ticktum soon took over at the top though ahead of his Kiwi team-mate Marcus Armstrong, the 16-year-old just 0.082s slower in second.

As the third session moved into its closing stages, Ticktum continued to lead the way from Armstrong with South African Callan O’Keeffe moving ahead of his Fortec team-mate Hingeley into third. German F4 Champion Joey Mawson was fourth with Reddy fifth, as just eight-tenths of a second covered the top 11 drivers. It looked like the order would remain that way but on his very last lap of the session, BRDC British F3 podium finisher Hingeley pulled out a superb lap, touring the 300 circuit in 1m43.271s, to claim top spot.

The final hour-long session of the day had a familiar feel to it as the Double R pairing of Armstrong and Ticktum were spotted at the top of the timing screens early on, with the Carlin duo of James Pull and US F4 Champion Cameron Das showing well in the top-five.

Hingeley soon got into the fight for top spot, bettering the mark set by Enaam Ahmed, who briefly led the way, by just 0.004s as the session moved past its halfway point. 16-year-old Das was not done there though and the impressive youngster jumped ahead of the rest of the field with 15 minutes remaining, a 1m43.756s putting him 0.056s clear of Tarun Reddy who moved into second and 0.091s clear of Carlin team-mate Pull in third.

That led to a flurry of activity as every driver seemed intent on showing just how fast they could go, leading to a fascinating last 10 minutes of running in the day. Eventually, after it had all shaken out, it was that man Hingeley who was once again leading the way on a 1m43.227s. That was just 0.069s clear of both Joey Mawson and Callan O’Keeffe, with the pair setting identical times.

Dan Ticktum was only two tenths shy of the leader but had to settle for fourth with Ahmed fifth, Reddy sixth and Pull seventh. Such was the close nature of the field, less than a second covered Hingeley in first down to Armstrong in 11th.

Friday’s testing action begins at 09:30 with four, 30-minute sessions scheduled throughout the day. You can follow all the action through live timing and updates on the official British F3 website.

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