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MANNING WINS KOREA GRAND PRIX
Briton Darren Manning secured his place in the history books
with a dominant victory in the inaugural International Formula
3 Korea Grand Prix today (Sunday) that secured him a US$100,000
prize for winning all four legs here and in Macau. The TOM'S
driver led both heats from pole position and despite some
intense pressure from nearest rival Briton Jenson Button he
held on to take the win by just more than one second.
The pair were the class of the field from the start of the
first heat, held in front of packed grandstands and spectators
which included film star Jackie Chan, and in the early stages
they pulled clear of Japanese Toshihiro Kaneishi. But on the
seventh lap of the race a multiple pile-up, caused initially
when Indian Narain Karthikeyan spun into the barriers at the
start of the main straight, caused the race to be stopped.
Manning and Button led again at the start of the second heat
with Kaneishi making a poor start and dropping behind French
duo Jonathan Cochet and Benoit Treluyer. Button was never
more than two seconds behind the leader and after making several
attempts to get past, the pair made contact at the main hairpin
on the final lap.
But it was not enough for Button to find a way through and
Manning took the victory by just over one second. Kaneishi
finished third on aggregate times over the two parts of the
restarted race, with Cochet fourth and Benoit fifth. Portuguese
Tiago Monteiro finished sixth with Briton Marc Hynes sixth.
At the start of the second race Manning again made the best
start, to claim the lead into the first corner, while behind
Treluyer moved past Button. Kaneishi had been forced to start
from the pit-lane after suffering an electrical problem in
the pits between the two races.
On lap two Treluyer let Button past for second at the first
hairpin and soon the British driver was right on the tail
of Manning. Extra downforce on his car meant he was much quicker
in the medium to high speed corners, while good traction on
Manning's car let him get better acceleration out of the slower
The pair were hardly separated when, on lap 11, the safety
car was called out for a spin by Dutchman Christijan Albers,
who had been involved in the first race pile-up. The restart
saw Manning and Button pull clear again and, following another
safety car period when Andre Couto crashed heavily at the
first left hander, it came down to a final showdown over four
But Manning had enough in hand to keep the advantage to the
flag, even if Button closed up more than expected as they
crossed the line. "It has been a great seven days for
me, with winning Macau and taking the victory here, and it
is like a dream come true," said Manning.
was equally delighted with his second place. "It was
an enjoyable fight with Manning and, although a driver never
likes finishing second, I'm happy ending the season with a
result like this.
I can come back next year and go one better."
Treluyer held on to his third place finish, while Cochet finished
fourth and Kaneishi benefited from the two safety car periods
to take fifth.