British F3: Maini scores third win at Snetterton as he hangs to points lead
It was a tough run overall for the India as he just manages to hang on to his points lead.
India's Kush Maini continued his run the 2020 BRDC British F3 Championship with Hitech GP as the Indian started the fifth weekend at Snetterton in a good space during the eight practice sessions held on Thursday and Friday in damp conditions.
It was expected slightly to be on the tougher side considering the pace of Hitech GP but not extremely bad. His qualifying did not go as per the plans as he was only eighth in the wet conditions where he couldn't stitch up a lap close to the Top 5 runners.
The Race 1 for Maini was not any better as he struggled for pace in the wet conditions. He ran in eighth for pretty much all of the race until a slightly off at Williams, which cost him three places to be 11th - his worst result at that moment of the 2020 season.
It was a fight back from Maini in Race 2 on Saturday, where he started from third on the reverse grid basis. It took him not long to take the lead on Lap 1 as he stretched his advantage to over five seconds at one point. It started to come a bit towards the end but it was enough still.
After a difficult first race, Maini managed to win the second but the Indian was not satisfied much. "After qualifying I'll take that," he said. "We limited the damage but we don't want to win the reverse grid race, we want to win the main ones. But today I'll take it because we haven't been the quickest and we've struggled a bit in the wet.
"But we did the job in the second race and I think tomorrow race three will be tough. We will see what the weather is like for the grid for race four. I'm happy with that but obviously today has not been my best day. It's good points, not as many points as the first race so we've lost a bit of our lead but that doesn't really matter.
"I'm just a bit gutted that we've not done what we should have this weekend. Qualifying P8 as the championship leader is not good enough so we have to look back and come back stronger tomorrow. It may be better for us, anything can happen and in race three I won't mind the tricky conditions, but we'll see. I'm not God so I don't know the weather, so we'll see what happens."
Sunday was much worse in terms of weather as Race 3 started behind the safety car. Maini started 10th but dropped to 16th on re-start. He couldn't make merry as he ran 14th until the final lap where he lost a place to eventually end up 15th only.
It became his new worst race of 2020 season as he lost more points to Kaylen Frederick. It was similar story in Race 4 weather wise but Maini did not lose places this time upon re-start but gained one to be third after starting from fourth on the grid.
However, he couldn't hold for long as he dropped back to sixth, where he remained until the final lap where he lost a place to end up seventh eventually. The tricky weekend hurt Maini the most as he commanding championship lead came down to single digits to over 50.
Maini has 349 points to Frederick's 340, whereas Louis Foster is third with 328. With six races to go, it seems like a tight finish after a troublesome weekend for the Indian. It somewhat balances out as his title rival also had some rough moments in earlier weekends.
The Indian has nine podiums in all to further extend his points lead.
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