Le Mans: Rodolfo Gonzalez weekend summary

Gonzalez battles into the Points at Le Mans - By Chris Roberts Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez battled to a top six finish in the highly competitive F3 Euroseries championship at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit last weekend. Gonzalez is racing for the...

Gonzalez battles into the Points at Le Mans - By Chris Roberts

Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez battled to a top six finish in the highly competitive F3 Euroseries championship at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit last weekend.

Gonzalez is racing for the crack Carlin Motorsport squad in 2008, after competing in the British F3 International series in 2006/07, in the F3 Euroseries, which Lewis Hamilton has previously won on his way to Formula 1.

The races last weekend were on the shorter Bugatti circuit at the famous Le Mans venue but rain again was a major factor over the weekend.

In Race 1 on Saturday Gonzalez suffered a clutch problem at the start which put him last but he still managed to gain 7 places to finish a frustrated 22nd.

Sunday's Race 2 was a turbulent race because of the wet conditions and the race was red flagged for more than 20 minutes when a few spots of rain led to several accidents after just six laps, and by the time the restart order was organised, there were just five minutes remaining.

This meant that Gonzalez had only a short period of time to meet his goal of a first points finish for both himself and his Carlin team. With great car control Gonzalez picked his way through the field, as well as not making any mistakes to take the final points position. As only 3 drivers didn't finish this was a genuine result.

As Gonzalez commented after the race "Well I think having qualified that far back (18th) due to lack of pace, I think it was quite positive that yet again I showed my speed during wet conditions and managed to get a positive top six finish and Carlin's (his team) first point in the F3 Euroseries. So I'm pleased for this."

The F3 EuroSeries now moves onto the Hockenheim circuit in Germany for the next races on October 24th

-credit: rg

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Rodolfo Gonzalez
Teams Carlin