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Monday, August 16, 1999 Published at 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK

Special Report

Welsh pit stop for Formula Three

Champagne spray for the winners at Pembrey

Formula Three racing made its annual pit stop in Wales over the weekend when the British championships arrived, with drivers from around the world fighting for pole position.

But the race did not produce the expected result and it was left to a 19-year-old Englishman, Jensen Button, to take the chequered flag.

BBC Wales's Matthew Richards reports from Pembrey
Experts had predicted that it was going to be a dogfight for the championship between series leaders Luciano Burti from Brazil and England's Marc Hynes.

The competition at the Pembrey race track in Carmarthenshire, is widely recognised as a stepping stone into the top flight.

With plenty of tight hairpins and high speed curves, it has always been regarded as a drivers' favourite.

[ image: Englishman Jensen Button was the surprise winner]
Englishman Jensen Button was the surprise winner
The weekend's competition is seen as a crucial event for the competitors in the Formula Three calendar.

With just a handful of races left this season, the drivers are pulling out all the stops to try and clinch the series.

However, even if the title may finally prove elusive, the Formula Three stars of today who went through their paces in Carmarthenshire know that they could soon become the Formula One heroes of tomorrow.

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