Performance Racing on the podium once again
Following the inaugural British F3 race in Bucharest, Performance Racing was back in action, this time at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.
Bahrain's Hamad Al Fardan carried on his good form from the last meeting, scoring two 3rd places, while Cong Fu Cheng's 2nd place in Race 2 meant he now shares the lead in the National Class standings.
With most drivers being able to post very similar laptimes, a top qualifying performance was essential in securing a good spot on the starting grid. Al Fardan did just that, and put his car in 3rd place for both races. He was just 0.158s behind the fastest National Class car in the first qualifying session, and only 0.057s in the second one. "Frankie" Cheng was more discreet, however, and could not capitalize on his strong showing in the Friday free practice sessions. This, combined with a technical decision that proved to be wrong, meant that the best he could get out of his Dallara Mugen-Honda were two 8th places.
Despite suffering from an electrical glitch in his car, Al Fardan drove a strong first race, holding on to 3rd place, and passing Ali Jackson for 2nd place when the opportunity arose with 10 laps to go. Cheng picked his way through the field, finishing 4th and scoring important points in the championship battle.
Al Fardan made a mistake early on in Race 2 which threw him to the back of the field, but benefited from a safety car period to catch up again. He then proceeded to overtake his opponents to finish once again in 3rd place, his third visit to the podium in as many races. Cheng was determined to put back his qualifying performance and charged his way up to 2nd place.
Ricardo Teixeira, the Angolan driver competing in the Championship Class, could only manage a 20th and 18th place in the grids for the two races of the weekend. Locked in battle for the duration of both races, Teixeira was not able to make much progress even if he was faster than some of the drivers directly ahead. He finished in 16th and 17th place.
Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe commented that "The National Class boys did well once again. Frankie fought back from a difficult qualifying, and Hamad showed that his form is improving race by race. We have been looking at Ricardo's situation, made some adjustments and we hope that he can get back to the form he showed in the winter tests quite soon."
Performance Racing is returning to Snetterton for a test next week, to prepare for the next round of the British Formula 3 International Series which takes place in Monza, Italy, on June 23rd and 24th.