ALMOST THERE FOR GONZALEZ
Next weekend's British F3 races at Silverstone should see Rodolfo Gonzalez taking the National Class Championship honours after a fantastic debut season for the young Venezuelan. It is mathematically possible for him to win it at Silverstone as he just needs to score 11 points more than Morgado to clinch it.
Rodolfo had a good first qualifying session, putting in a solid performance to take National Class pole; it was gratifying to note he beat the two local drivers who had entered in the Invitation Class in identical machinery to Rodolfo. He had a storming start on race one and got up to seventh overall on the first lap. After having to give way to a few Championship Class cars who have a power advantage, he held off Bruno Senna to finish in ninth place overall and first in class.
Stuart Hall started race one from 12th place as he didn't manage to get a clear lap in qualifying when his tyres were at their best. At the start of race one he saw the mêlée up ahead, when the frontrunners made contact with each other, and braked early hoping to avoid trouble. Unfortunately he was then taken out by Kennard and his race ended in the Armco. In race two he got bogged down with National Class cars at the start after his qualifying position stymied his race performance. He bagged a top ten finish though which was some reward after a tough weekend.
In race two Rodolfo started behind Morgado after qualifying didn't go the Venezuelan's way. He did however close the gap quickly, running a strong race and taking fastest lap on the way to second place in class.
The T-Sport team is now heading back to base to prepare for the all-important Silverstone rounds next weekend.