Nazim’s fifth overall spot assured after podium finish in Silverstone

PETALING JAYA: Nazim Azman completed the delayed and condensed BRDC British F3 Championship with an eighth podium spot of the year at Silverstone to ensure a top-five finish in the overall standings.

The young Malaysian headed to the home of the British F1 Grand Prix over the weekend with a mathematical possibility of taking the title but would have needed a big helping of good fortune to do so.

But the opening lap of the qualifying prove to be his undoing as he went off the track and finished outside the top 10.

Nazim later finished 11th in Race 1, thus removing any slim hope the Carlin driver might have had of prolonging his pursuit of the championship title.

The 19-year-old, however, made a good getaway to vault straight into fourth place on the opening lap for Race 2 and rose as high as second before losing out in a last-lap scrap for position. He eventually crossed the line in third spot for his sole podium finish in the last weekend of the championship.

Nazim again placed 11th in the third and final race of the weekend’s triple-header.

“We took the gamble on slicks (for Race 2) and it was definitely the right choice, ” said Nazim from Silverstone.

“By lap two, you could see the difference already and I overtook everyone by lap two or three. I had to defend hard for the later part of the race as they caught up.

“This is my fifth third place in a row and overall, it’s still a great result.”

The podium finish was enough to guarantee fifth position in the final standings, with Nazim eventually garnering an impressive 370 points, just 22 shy of a top three overall spot.

“Getting a top-three overall finish was my goal all weekend and it came down to the last race, which is crazy, ” he said.

“In the end, I secured a top five overall in the championship so I can be happy with how the season went.

“It’s been a strange year, with the delayed start and late finish, but I’ve enjoyed myself and want to say thanks to the Carlin team and my sponsors Ranhill and Symphony.

“Congratulations to Carlin and to my teammate Kaylen (Frederick) on taking the title, ” he added.

United States-born Frederick won Race 1 and 3 to confirm the championship title with a total of 499 points.

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