Pune: Kush Maini’s determination to win finally paid off in round 2 of the BRDC British F3 as he came from P5 to claim his maiden race win in the championship in Rockingham.
Maini also combined his second consecutive podium in Race 3 - this weekend’s results meant he acquired a considerable chunk of points towards the driver’s championship, putting him currently in 4th place with 113 points, just 6 points off 3rd placed Gamble.
Maini, who started off the weekend in the wet by qualifying in P6, was involved in an incident early on in Race 1, but fought back strongly to claim P7.
As the track dried out over the next day, Kush started to show the incredible promise he had shown in the Lanan car over the last few races, and it ultimately bore fruit with an impressive win on Sunday.
He started the race from P5, and got a couple of places off the start itself. He then chased down the front two, and was in the lead by the end of the first lap. A string of consecutive fastest laps helped him pull away from the rest of the pack, as he ended the race with almost a 5-second gap back to the driver in P2. .
In Race 3, Kush, starting from pole, couldn’t capitalise on his momentum from the previous race as he battled hard in thrilling encounter.
Lundqvist and Kjaergaard got off the line quicker as Kush stayed right on their tail; however a string of safety cars and yellow flags made it difficult for him to keep the pressure. Nevertheless, he managed his second consecutive Race-3 podium in a close race with the top 3 separated by just 0.638s.
An enthusiastic Kush said, “In race 2, it was a case of keeping my nose clean the first lap. We knew from the start of the season, our pace in the dry is superior so as long as I could go the distance we could get a good result. It was disappointing to not win in Race 3 from pole, but it was a good race and another load of points so I’m looking forward to the next round.”
The next round of BRDC F3 Championship takes place at Snettorton at the end of May, where Kush will be looking to make this momentum count.