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Croft: Al Fardan preview

Penultimate British F3 round for Al Fardan at Croft Gulf Finance House driver Hamad Al Fardan heads to the penultimate round of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series this weekend hoping to take third place in the ...

Penultimate British F3 round for Al Fardan at Croft

Gulf Finance House driver Hamad Al Fardan heads to the penultimate round of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series this weekend hoping to take third place in the National Class championship. The young Bahraini is currently fourth with 148 points, just 5 less than championship rival Michael Meadows with four rounds and a maximum 84 points remaining.

While Marko Asmer has runaway with the Championship Class, the National Class has proved to be a much more frantic battle between Mexico's Sergio Perez and China's Frankie Cheng, the two drivers dominating with 15 wins between them. Al Fardan's closest rival Michael Meadows started the season strong with two early race wins but since switching to the Raikkonen Robertson Racing team has failed to repeat his success.

During the second half of the season Meadows has continued to battle hard and proved a tough racer for Al Fardan to catch but unlike his British rival the GFH driver has had a change of fortune throughout his rookie season. After a disastrous start, including two DNF's at the opening round in Cheshire, Al Fardan heads to the North Yorkshire track this weekend hoping to reproduce the form that has seen him clinch ten podium finishes this season.

Speaking about the weekend ahead, Al Fardan said "I had a really great weekend at Thruxton, especially after race two when I shared the podium with Salman. It was great for Bahrain to have two drivers on the podium together.

"This weekend will be the first time I will be driving at Croft, but we have been working very hard to get to the position we are now and we are confident of bringing good results. I am happy with the team and happy with the sponsors, and everything is going well. I will be fighting hard to get onto the podium again, and hopefully finish the season on a high."

Peter Panayiotou, Acting CEO for GFH added "Hamad's drive and dedication has inspired the GFH team to support him in his efforts this weekend at Croft in a bid to earn the coveted number one position."

Al Fardan will take to the track on Saturday with two 30-minute sessions taking place at 11.40 and 14.30. Round 19 of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series is due to start at 12.50, with round 20 kicking off at 16.05.

-credit: alf

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