OUTRIGHT VICTORY FOR T-SPORT AT CROFT! Croft, UK -- 27 April 2008: The T-Sport team took its first outright British F3 International Series victory at Croft this afternoon when Sergio Perez stormed from second on the grid to victory in the ...
OUTRIGHT VICTORY FOR T-SPORT AT CROFT!
Croft, UK -- 27 April 2008: The T-Sport team took its first outright British F3 International Series victory at Croft this afternoon when Sergio Perez stormed from second on the grid to victory in the first of today's two races. The team, and Sergio, now sits at the top of the Championship tables. Sergio's victory was also the first British F3 win for a Mugen-Honda powered car since Oliver Jarvis' win at Thruxton in 2006.
The young Mexican was pipped to pole by Marcus Ericsson in the dying moments of the first qualifying session, but this didn't turn out to be a problem for Sergio as he got a great start in race one and took a classic lights-to-flag victory. He drove a mature race, controlling the pace and monitoring the gap back to Sebastian Hohenthal in second. In the second qualifying session he had a hard time finding a clear lap, managing just one timed lap before the first red flag, but it was enough for third on the grid. He maintained his position at the start of race two and got alongside Ericsson on the exit of Tower on lap one who then spun off, leaving Sergio in second place. At the restart Sergio kept second place and shadowed the eventual winner, Brendon Hartley, all the way to the flag, taking another sizeable haul of championship points.
Salman Al Khalifa was disappointed with fifth place in first qualifying as he was unable to get a clear lap amongst the mayhem. He got it all hooked up in the second session though and took second on the National Class grid for race two. In round one he suffered from a misfiring engine on the green flag lap so he had to start the race from the pit lane. The team managed to cure the problem but the race was on and all Salman could salvage was eighth place. He put everything right in round two though, taking second position after working very hard throughout the race.
Steven Guerrero did a brilliant job in the hectic first qualifying session, securing second in the National Class, his best qualifying position so far. In race one he drove well and finished third which earned him his first podium and showed that he is making stellar progress. Race two was difficult as he had qualified fifth due to traffic and had to be content with a fifth place finish.
"I am massively chuffed for Skelly and all the boys at T-Sport," said Team Principal, Russell Eacott. "It has been a long slog but we've got our first outright win and it feels good. There is still a long season to go and I'm sure it will be full of the usual ups and downs, but it's nice to have an 'up' so early in the season."