Buller stays in contention at Donington F3

William Buller remains in contention for second place in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series standings following the penultimate rounds of the season at Donington Park.The MSA Team UK backed driver went into the weekend sitting third in the championship standings, just two points behind rival Kevin Magnussen.Will qualified tenth for the opening race of the weekend thanks the second best time posted during qualifying at the wheel of his Fortec Motorsport-run Dallara-Mercedes, having missed out on a higher starting slot after being forced to ease off due to yellow flags.Despite that, Will fought his way up to seventh through the opening three laps – where he remained until a small mistake on lap ten saw him drop back to tenth after a spin.Will eventually took the chequered flag in ninth place but was then promoted into eighth when Menasheh Idafar ahead was handed a post-race penalty. Not only did that give Will an extra point towards his championship tally, it also gave him pole for the reverse grid second race of the weekend.Despite a solid getaway when the lights went out for a damp second race, Will was beaten off the line by GP3 title winner Valtteri Bottas and dropped to second behind the Finn.Will then found himself embroiled in a heated battle with team-mate Harry Tincknell and Scott Pye as they attempted to find a way through during the 13 lap encounter and although he did briefly slip back to fourth, Will quickly found a way back ahead of both Tincknell and Pye to take his place on the second step of the podium.The arrival of rain before race three left teams and drivers with a gamble to take on tyres, with Will one of the drivers to go for slick tyres in the hope that the rain would be nothing more than a passing shower as he lined up ninth on the grid.However, as the field completed their opening lap, it became clear that the rain was only going to get worse and Will was forced to pit for wet rubber at the end of lap two – which dropped him to the rear of the field.Running in traffic and with limited visibility for the remainder of the race, Will fought his way back to 16th at the finish with the fact his fastest lap was more than a second quicker than race winner Magnussen giving an indication of what might have been.“It’s a disappointing way to end the weekend but it had rained and then stopped earlier in the day and we decided to stay on slicks on the grid because we thought it was going to be the same again,” he said. “It felt like the right choice on the green flag lap but then half way through the first lap, the rain suddenly just came down. I didn’t know if it would dry up so I stayed out as I knew there would be traffic in the pits but the gamble didn’t work and we had to come in.“Qualifying earlier in the weekend was tough and we should have been higher than ninth, but I had to ease off quite a few times because there were yellow flags out – although there were other drivers who set their best times when there were yellows on display and didn’t get a penalty.“In the first race, I made a bit of a mistake which cost me places mid-way through but then I got the reverse grid draw in my favour to start from pole in race two. I didn’t get a bad start but Valtteri was better. We were on cut wets, which hurt us a bit during the race, but I battled hard to finish second. It was a good fight with Harry and Scott but I was happy enough with the podium.“Silverstone is my main focus now and we have a test there before the event to work on the car. We have to go there and fight for three victories to wrap up second place.”