Tincknell’s solid display at Monza
Harry Tincknell produced three solid displays of overtaking during a rain-affected race weekend at Italy’s infamous Autodromo Natonale di Monza, taking sixth and ninth-places finishes as the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series visited the challenging Formula One circuit.
The weekend’s results put Tincknell sixth in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series standings on 40 points, with 24 races of the 2012 season still to come.
Tincknell got his weekend off to a decent start in Friday’s two practice sessions, taking fifth and sixth in the morning and afternoon respectively. The 20-year-old followed this up by taking a respectable eighth position in qualifying on Saturday with a lap time of 1:47.562.
The rain began to fall at the beginning of the weekend’s opening race, and the entire field came into the pits on the opening lap to switch to wet tyres. Tincknell emerged in tenth position and demonstrated his overtaking prowess, climbing to fourth before being forced to retire with suspension damage four laps from the end of the race.
As a result, Tincknell began race two 14th on the grid, but the Carlin Motorsport racer again showcased his overtaking talent, passing five competitors on his way to a ninth-place finish as the rain continued to pour at the Italian circuit.
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Eighth on the grid for the final race of the weekend, Tincknell produced another fine performance in the rain to climb to sixth position by the end of the 19-lap encounter, including what Tincknell declared the best overtaking manoeuvre of his career to pass Fortec Motorsport’s Pipo Derani on the last lap.
“It was a tough weekend, but in every race I showed just how quick I am as I moved up through the field,” said Tincknell. “The weather made all three races really tricky, but I think I adjusted to the wet conditions better than most.”
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Tincknell is next in action at France’s notorious Pau street circuit on 11-13 May 2012.