GABRIEL DIAS TAKES A WIN IN PORTUGAL BUT T-SPORT LOSES OUT IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS Brackley, UK -- 15 September 2009: The first visit to the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve by the British F3 International Series produced two pole positions and...
GABRIEL DIAS TAKES A WIN IN PORTUGAL BUT T-SPORT LOSES OUT IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS
Brackley, UK -- 15 September 2009: The first visit to the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve by the British F3 International Series produced two pole positions and a race win in the national class for T-Sport's Gabriel Dias. Unfortunately equally positive results slipped away in the championship class for Adriano Buzaid and Wayne Boyd.
In the first qualifying session Gabriel produced a very strong pole position performance but Wayne only just managed to scrape into the top ten - and that's ignoring the invitation class cars - with Adriano behind him. For the second session the team decided to play to its strengths and went for a very low downforce set up. This helped matters as demonstrated by both drivers' elevated grid positions. Gabriel again took pole position in the national class.
Wayne got a great start in race one and was up several places when he began to challenge Adrien Tambay for seventh place but the French driver hit him twice, finishing Wayne off at turn two and ending his race. Adriano fared no better and an unfortunate incident under the safety car brought him into the pits for repairs to his car's nose and ultimately retire two laps later.
In race one Gabriel had a coming together on lap one that damaged his front wing. Already struggling with chronic understeer he was then baulked by a car exiting the pit lane and dropped to third where he would finish the race. In race two he put this behind him and won the race from pole position, putting in a very solid and professional race performance.
In the championship class Wayne was looking racy, fighting his way through the field. It wasn't to be his day though as he lost a chunk of time when he outbraked himself and had to settle for a finish outside the top ten. Adriano actually had a fantastic race and finished third if you ignore the invitation class and sixth if you don't. After the race though he received a 10-second penalty for overtaking under yellows, pushing him right down the order.
"That didn't go quite according to plan," said Team Principal, Russell Eacott. "Gabriel got a good win in race two but the various mistakes in the championship class cost us a good haul of points. Fantastic venue though!"
There are only two more races to go in the 2009 British F3 International Series and they both take place at Brands Hatch this weekend.