ROCKINGHAM PODIUM FOR ADRIANO BUZAID
Brackley, UK -- 2 June 2009: T-Sport's Adriano Buzaid took a podium finish in the second of the British F3 races at Rockingham, rounding off a challenging weekend for the Brackley-based squad.
Both Championship Class runners, Adriano Buzaid and Wayne Boyd, struggled for pace in the first qualifying session but made good improvements for the second session, both taking top ten grid positions. Over in the National Class Gabriel Dias was having a great time, taking pole position for both races.
Boyd got away well in race one from 14th on the grid. He drove a very mature and consistent race and came home in the points in ninth place. Buzaid also had a good start and was all the way up to seventh before a spin forced him into the pits and an eventual 15th place finish. In contrast Dias had a terrible start when his clutch didn't engage properly but he got stuck in and re-passed all the national class runners. Unfortunately he passed the last one under waved yellows and received a drive-through penalty for his efforts, which knocked him down to second place.
All three T-Sport drivers got blinding starts in race two. It was a chaotic opening lap with lots of separate incidents. Unfortunately at turn seven Victor Garcia speared into Dias and then continued on into Boyd who was right up to seventh place, pushing him right to the back of the field. Dias was then taken out by Carlos Huertas; a real shame considering Gabriel's exceptional pace throughout the race meeting.
Buzaid managed to slip through the chaos and was running strongly in fourth before being elevated to third when Fortec's Riki Christodoulou was disqualified. Boyd had a long race from the back but did a top job and got up to 11th before the chequered flag fell on the Rockingham weekend.
"Adriano drove brilliantly in race two and deserved the podium finish," said T-Sport Team Principal, Russell Eacott. "If Wayne had had a little luck this weekend he would have been right up there too. Gabriel's performance this weekend was incredible; at one point during race two he was a second a lap faster than any other national class driver. It's just a shame the races turned out the way they did for him. I think as a team we struggled in qualifying for the Championship Class but over the course of the weekend we managed to redeem ourselves."
T-Sport has a quick turnaround now as the next two rounds of the British F3 International Series are this weekend at Hockenheim in Germany.