FRANKIE TAKES CHARGE OF THE BRITISH F3 NATIONAL CLASS The second event of the British F3 series was hosted last weekend at Donington Park. After an exciting season opening filled with spectacular racing, China's Frankie Cheng has yet again ...
FRANKIE TAKES CHARGE OF THE BRITISH F3 NATIONAL CLASS
The second event of the British F3 series was hosted last weekend at Donington Park. After an exciting season opening filled with spectacular racing, China's Frankie Cheng has yet again extended his lead in the national class. The events started off with much excitement for Frankie with many journalists from China visiting the event personally, to see one of their own compete in the most competitive racing series worldwide. During the season opener, Frankie caught the attention of the media with his one-two finish to show to the world his speed and talent. However, Donington proved to be much more difficult with unlucky events causing the Chinese driver to not being able to show his true potential. Nonetheless, a fourth place and a podium finish allowed Frankie to keep charge of the National Class, ahead of Briton Meadows.
Frankie: "It was not a good weekend for me, everything seemed to have been going wrong but despite that I was able to score a good amount of points for the battle of the F3 National title. We worked hard to improve the car for the qualify sessions but when everything seemed fine, a red flag came and threw off my rhythm. Also, the mistake of the race director to keep the time running during the red flag hampered my result as I was not able to use the new set of tyres. In race one, I was struggling not to be involved in an accident with some cars spinning in front of me and I went off the track loosing all the advantage coming from my great start. In the second race everything was fine, I gave pressure to the leaders of the race but even if I was much quicker then them, there was no way to overtake them in the narrow track of Donington.
Overall, I could have done much better. The battle for the title is very hard and there are good contenders but I'm confident of my potential. Even if I consider Donington as not a positive weekend, I was able to open up my lead in the championship. We have to improve in the single lap performance during qualifying; I'm still not able to use all the grip coming from the new tyres. Before the next race we are going to do 2 days of testing. The teams and myself will use this opportunity to work more on the car and to find the best condition for the coming qualify sessions.
Next week, the Chinese driver has been called up to represent his nation again for A1 Team China for the closing race of the 2007 A1 season at Brand Hatch. There are high hopes for him here since this is one of Frankie's favourite tracks. The next British F3 race will be held May 20th in the new street circuit in the Romanian capital Bucharest.