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Speedy Buller hits hot streak in Europe

By Sammy Hamill

Foreign parts seem to suit William Buller.



After languishing in fifth place in the British Formula 3 championship, and without a win all season, the 18-year-old Scarva driver has leapt to second thanks to three maximum points finishes in the past five races — all on European tracks.

Buller won his first F3 race at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France a fortnight ago and then last weekend had two ‘wins’ in Belgium.

For the Belgian races, at the glorious Spa circuit, the British F3 runners were joined by guest drivers from the FIA International Trophy series and it was one of them, Roberto Mehri, who finished first on the road in two of the three races.

But each time Buller in his Fortec Dallara-Mercedes was the highest placed points scorer, finishing second and third on the road and taking fourth place points in the other race.

It allowed him to shoot up to second place in the standings, slashing the deficit to championship leader, Brazilian Felipe Nasr.

His performances also earned him the Sunoco Driver of the Weekend trophy for the second meeting in succession.

Buller said: “After the victory at Paul Ricard, it’s fantastic to have added another two wins so quickly.

“It was just what I needed. Rockingham is next and it’s my home circuit, so to speak, and it would be great to repeat the kind of results I’ve achieved in the past couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile Templepatrick’s Wayne Boyd, after his first American victory at Milwaukee recently, resumes his challenge for the US National Formula Ford championship in Ohio this weekend.

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