SEASON CLOSES WITH PODIUM FINISHES FOR T-SPORT Brackley, UK: The 2008 British F3 International Series drew to a close at Donington Park yesterday and T-sport drivers, Sergio Perez and Steven Guerrero completed their seasons with podium finishes...
SEASON CLOSES WITH PODIUM FINISHES FOR T-SPORT
Brackley, UK: The 2008 British F3 International Series drew to a close at Donington Park yesterday and T-sport drivers, Sergio Perez and Steven Guerrero completed their seasons with podium finishes for the British team. Perez has taken fourth place in the overall Championship Class standings and Guerrero's runner up spot in the National Class Championship means that T-Sport has not finished outside the top two in the National Class in the last seven years.
Sergio missed the pre-race testing on Thursday as he was GP2 testing in Shanghai, so he was left playing catch-up in the first of the two qualifying sessions on Saturday. Tenth place on the grid wasn't where he wanted to be but he more than made up for it in the second session, taking third place for the start of race two. In the first race he got a mega start, moving up to eighth place, and was making a pass on Walter Grubmuller when the Austrian spun him around. Sergio pitted in order to take on new tyres, so they could be scrubbed in for race two, then opted to retire as there was no chance of scoring any points. With everything to play for in race two he got up to second at the start and held that position until Nick Tandy passed him on lap 13. Sergio was beginning to struggle for straight line speed at this point but he held onto third all the way to flag, ending his year with a podium finish.
Like Sergio, Steven struggled in the first qualifying session and only managed fifth place on the National Class grid. He gathered it all together for session two though and qualified second in class and eighth overall, his best result yet. Fifth place in race one was followed by a great finish in race two which saw him take third spot and another podium finish for T-Sport.
Salman Al Khalifa was unable to race at Donington so 2007 British Formula Ford Champion, Callum Macleod, stepped in to take the Bahraini driver's place. After only running for 30 minutes on the test day it was touch and go whether or not Callum would race. He had fuel pump problems in qualifying so had a lot of hard work to do in the two races but the highlight of the day came in race two when Callum took fastest lap in the National Class, showing the makings of a top driver in the years to come.
"To win four races outright is a phenomenal achievement for T-Sport," said Team Principal Russell Eacott. "We are only second to Carlin in terms of wins and I think it shows how much we have grown to expect of ourselves when we are disappointed to be fourth in the overall championship standings. Finishing the last race on the podium shows we still have what it takes to be on top and we are proud to have taken a top result in the National Class for the seventh year running. 2009 starts now and our technical department will be working harder than ever to make sure T-Sport continues its upward momentum."