Performance Racing wins in Croft
Performance Racing's Frankie Cheng was on top form all weekend in Croft, but unfortunately could not prevent rival Sergio Perez from taking the National Class title.
After setting the best time for the National Class drivers in Friday testing, the young Chinese driver went on to secure pole position for Race 1. He had to settle for second place on the grid for Race 2, just 0.1s behind Perez.
Determined to show he was still in the fight for the title, Cheng drove a faultless race, taking a victory in National Class, and finishing an impressive 9th in the overall standings! He had a good start once again in Race 2, but lost some positions in the first corners. He was able to move back up to second place, but could not get past a Championship Class car in order to challenge Perez for the win.
After dealing with some setup problems early on, Hamad Al Fardan had another solid weekend, securing a 4th place in Race 1, and yet another podium in Race 2, where he was 3rd. This meant he was able to move up to 3rd place in the National Class standings, and with only one round to go looks set to keep this position, a great achievement for the Bahraini driver's first season in Formula 3.
In Championship Class, Ricardo Teixeira's weekend was marked by an engine failure in the 2nd Free Practice session. The lost track time on Friday didn't help his chances for a good result in Saturday qualifying, and a couple of mistakes on what would have been his fastest laps meant the Angolan driver could do no better than qualifying in 23rd place for both races.
Ricardo had an excellent start in Race 1, moving up to 15th position, right behind his team mate Frankie Cheng. Unfortunately, disaster struck only a few laps later, as he had to retire with a broken driveshaft. "This was very disappointing, especially seeing that Frankie finished 9th overall! I guess it would have been possible to score the first points of the season here." commented Ricardo after the race.
The second race started in the same way, with Ricardo having another great start and moving up to 15th place once again. He then moved up to 12th place in the next few laps, but in lap 14 came together with Ali Jackson and dropped a few positions, having to settle for 17th place in the end.
"Ricardo did really well in the two races and it is unfortunate that two mechanical faults affected his weekend like that. Frankie was great this weekend, but unfortunately we lost the championship. Hamad is now third in the standings, so we have to consider this a positive result for Performance Racing this season. We are already working hard to make sure we improve on this next year!", commented Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe after the weekend.
Performance Racing returns to action in the final weekend of September, for the last round of the British F3 International Series in Rockingham.