ANOTHER CHAMPION YEAR FOR T-SPORT!
Rodolfo Gonzalez is the 2006 British F3 National Class Champion! The young Venezuelan's third place finish in the first of today's two races at Silverstone was enough to give him an unassailable lead and the Championship crown. This is the second time T-Sport have won the National Class Championship, the first being in 2004 with Ryan Lewis.
British F3 National Class Champions, Rodolfo Gonzalez,is joined by the T-Sport team and his family and friends
Race one was tricky for T-sport. Gonzalez went off the track on the opening lap and Stuart Hall didn't get a great start from 11th on the grid; he then got held up by Jonathan Kennard whilst Rodolfo worked on fighting his way up to third in the National Class.
This afternoon's race started well for Stuart, the Briton getting a great start that rocketed him up to eighth place.With almost no overtaking going on in race two it is good that Stuart made his mark at the start so he could finish in eighth position. He has never driven the T-Sport car in dry conditions on this circuit before so this weekend showed he is a fast learner, especially considering the vast knowledge his contemporaries have of the International track.
While Stuart was doing well in race two, Rodolfo was flying, literally! He was pushed wide at Becketts, launched over the kerbs and forced to pit and retire with floor damage. Luckily the Championship had been sealed in race one.
Rodolfo Gonzalez: "It feels good to be Champion. Well at least I think it does, it hasn't sunk in yet!We achieved what we needed to today but it was tricky. I got pushed onto the grass during the opening lap of race one so I had to fight my way back up to third, which is where I needed to finish to get the Championship in the bag.In race two I made up a couple of places at the start but then I had a bit of a scrap with an A-class car and I ended up launching into the air and damaging the floor when I came back down to earth!It's good to be Champion; the pressure is off now so I think Thruxton will be a lot of fun!"
Stuart Hall: "I got a bad start in race one and then got stuck behind Kennard; he was driving a very wide car today!Race two was a lot better and I enjoyed passing Engel on lap one. I had a go at Bakkerud too but then ran wide at Copse so I decided to keep it steady after that.I think I learnt a lot today; I'm really enjoying myself now and I can feel the improvements in my performance as my confidence grows."
Russell Eacott (T-Sport Team Principal): "Obviously we're all delighted for Rodolfo. He's had 13 wins so far this year which you have to say is pretty dominant.It's good to be a Championship-winning team again too as it does a lot to boost the efforts of the whole team as we always want to get better and better. Stuart's confidence is growing race-by-race and I think he showed big improvements as a driver this weekend so I'm very happy with him.Just one more weekend to go now!"
As Russell says, the last rounds of the Championship are next weekend at Thruxton.