A MIXED WEEKEND FOR MIKE MEADOWS AT BRANDS HATCH 16th July 2007.../Fourth and sixth place finishes for Mike Meadows at the Brands Hatch rounds of the British F3 International Series has kept the young British driver in the hunt for the ...
A MIXED WEEKEND FOR MIKE MEADOWS AT BRANDS HATCH
16th July 2007.../Fourth and sixth place finishes for Mike Meadows at the Brands Hatch rounds of the British F3 International Series has kept the young British driver in the hunt for the National Class championship title. This weekend's 11th and 12th rounds of this prestigious racing series produced exciting racing and Meadows, driving in the NewNet sponsored National class entry with Raikkonen Robertson Racing, was in the thick of the action, battling for points finishes.
Pre-weekend testing gave Meadows the opportunity to work on setup for the races and with three hours of track time he reacquainted himself with the long Grand Prix layout of the Kent circuit. Finishing second quickest in the first two sessions and third quickest in the third was a satisfactory start to Meadows' race preparations, but he was also aware of the challenge ahead.
Qualifying third in class for both races the next day continued the momentum for Meadows, but he was also aware that he was suffering understeer when the track had grip and that it was a potential disadvantage for the races.
At the start of the first race Meadows made a good start, passing National class leader Sergio Perez, but then ran wide letting through Perez and rival Viktor Jensen. It was then a battle for the final podium spot with Meadows tight behind Jensen throughout the 22 laps of the race. Although Meadows had a quicker car he was unable to find a way past his rival on this challenging British circuit and, although never giving up, Meadows couldn't make the move and had to settle for fourth at the chequered flag.
In the second race Meadows was off the line well and racing hard with his rivals, but the race stewards judged that he had jumped the start lights, with the penalty of a drive through the pits which the young racer served on lap seven, but this him to the back of the field and a battle to get back into a points finish position. He raced hard and turned strong lap times to bring his NewNet Raikkonen Robertson Racing F3 entry home in sixth place.
Meadows said after the weekend, "In the first race I was attacking Victor (Jensen) for much of the race distance, but unable to find a way through on this tight circuit, and just couldn't get the run on him into the corners to make a move stick. The second race was ruined with my jump start penalty. I've never made that mistake before, so I'm particularly disappointed, but I just got a bit too excited and wanted to try and get past a few cars at the start. It scuppered any chance I had of a podium finish, although with the pace I ran later in the race I reckon I could have made it up to third place at least."
Meadows lies third in the overall National Class title hunt on 109 points with the first and second placed drivers tied for the lead on 174 points. The British F3 International Series heads to the famed Belgian circuit, Spa Francor Champs for the next two rounds and Meadows is hoping to improve on his fortunes from this weekend and step back up on to the podium and make up ground on his title rivals at this event.