THE COMPETITION GETS TIGHT AT THE TOP Brackley, UK -- The Championship Class of the British F3 International Series looks set to go down to the wire this year with T-Sport's Sergio Perez one of the key protagonists. After two tough races at Spa...
THE COMPETITION GETS TIGHT AT THE TOP
Brackley, UK -- The Championship Class of the British F3 International Series looks set to go down to the wire this year with T-Sport's Sergio Perez one of the key protagonists. After two tough races at Spa the Mexican driver is now in second place, just one point behind Carlin's Jaime Alguersuari.
Sergio struggled for pace at the start of the weekend's racing at Spa, only managing to qualify in sixth and tenth places for the two races, which is not reflective of his recent form. He improved to a sixth place finish in race one and in race two got a fantastic start from the third row of the grid and took the lead into the first corner. Unfortunately the win slipped out of his grasp on the last lap when Brendon Hartley slipped past but he still bagged a good haul of vital championship points.
"To be honest, second place is like a dream for me, after all the problems we had during the weekend." said Sergio. "We didn't have the pace that Brendon (Hartley) and the other guys had so really to be second is fantastic. We pushed hard after the first race to develop the car and made a massive step forward for the second race, but not quite enough. The Championship is very close now. I think we will have a very good car for Silverstone so hopefully we will be very strong there."
In the National Class Salman Al Khalifa qualified in second and fourth for the two races. In race one he took the lead but eventually lost out to Stefan Wilson and finished second. A third place finish in race two gave Salman his second podium finish of the weekend and the Bahraini driver was pleased with a solid set of results, especially after passing Stefan Wilson on the penultimate lap of race two to take third.
Colombia's Steven Guerrero finished race one in fourth place, which was a good result for a driver who had never been to Spa before; definitely not one of the easiest tracks to pick up. He had got the hang of it by race two though and finished in second place after a fantastic scrap with eventual winner, Jay Bridger.
"We didn't have it right from the start of the weekend for Sergio," said Team Principal, Russell Eacott. "We had to drag the performance out of the car so it's amazing that we are only a point down in the championship. The National Class wins slipped through our fingers a bit but it's our home race next so we're all hoping for a good run of results there."
Attention now turns to T-Sport's home circuit, Silverstone, where the next two rounds will take place on Saturday 16 August, before the F3 teams hit the road for Bucharest in Romania just a few days later. The championship battle is hotting up and the schedule is relentless so it's time to find out who has got what it takes!