Disappointing weekend for Performance Racing in Spa
Despite scoring three more podium finishes in National Class, the team had a tough weekend at the famous Belgian track.
In National Class, China's Frankie Cheng did well to qualify in 2nd place for both races, with Hamad Al Fardan close by in 5th and 4th position. They finished the first race in a very positive 2nd and 3rd place, and hoped to make further progress in the wet conditions of Race 2. Unfortunately it was run mostly under the safety car, making it virtually impossible to make any improvements on their starting positions. Cheng is now a close 2nd in the championship standings, and Bahrain's Al Fardan continues to move up the order, steadily catching up to 4th place.
In Championship Class, Ricardo Teixeira was having a promising weekend and registered the 15th fastest time in Qualifying 1. He was set to improve on this in the second session but before he could set a proper time the nose cover flew off, hitting his helmet, and resulting in a crash in the high speed Blanchimont corner.
"At first we all thought that the nose cover hadn't been properly tightened, but when the car was returned to us the screws were still there! Maybe there was a small crack. It was a very strange thing to happen!" commented the Angolan driver after the incident.
This wasn't the end of his troubles. Because of the crash the engine had to be changed, and the team worked hard to get the car out in time for Race 1. Unfortunately there was not enough time, and Ricardo had to struggle with an unbalanced car, dropping back many positions and not being able to challenge for a points finish.
Starting from a lowly 26th place for Race 2, Ricardo was making good progress in the heavy rain conditions until he was caught out and crashed heavily in Eau Rouge.
"This was a tough weekend for us. The National Class boys did a good job once again, but unfortunately we lost the championship lead. Ricardo's pace in the first qualifying session was very encouraging, but what happened in the second session really hurt our chances for the rest of the weekend. The car was quite damaged from the crash in Race 2, so now the main focus is to get it ready for the F3 Masters event next week.", commented Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe.
Performance Racing is staying in Belgium, as it will participate in the famous Masters of Formula 3 event, which takes place in Zolder next weekend.