Gonzalez has a frustrating weekend at Croft The British F3 International championship moved to the picturesque North Yorkshire track of Croft for the penultimate meeting and Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez was competing for the T-Sport team ...
Gonzalez has a frustrating weekend at Croft
The British F3 International championship moved to the picturesque North Yorkshire track of Croft for the penultimate meeting and Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez was competing for the T-Sport team again.
After his podium in the previous round at Thruxton, Gonzalez was hoping to build on that result. With fierce competition between the 29 drivers a few 1/10th of a second can mean the difference between pole and 10th place on the grid.
With the Croft circuit having a mixture of technical sections and long straights the setup of these Formula 3 Cars needs to be spot-on and Gonzalez had to be content with a 11th & 13th place on the grid, in the qualifying on a sunny Saturday.
With the racing on Sunday not starting until after midday (so the local Church can finish its Services) the drivers made themselves available for a pit walkabout for the large amount of North East fans that turned up. This gave both Dad's and Children a chance to look at the F3 cars, chat to the drivers, as well as getting their championship posters signed.
When the fans had cleared the pitlane the drivers started to get focused on the important matter of two 30 minute races later that day, with both Championships likely to be won that afternoon.
In the 1st race Gonzalez struggled off the line with a slipping clutch but still managed to hold a place in the top 10. He managed to keep himself focused whilst others were crashing out and brought his car home in 8th place.
The second race was fairly similar and although he was pressing his competitors hard the nature of the circuit meant overtaking was difficult and therefore he brought the car home, again in the points, in 9th place.
After the races Gonzalez said "I think was a very difficult weekend because we couldn't come up with the correct setup. Qualifying was not so great but we managed to save some points from the weekend. My focus is now on Rockingham where I want to get back on that podium!!!"
The final race meeting of the 2007 season takes place at the Rockingham Motor Speedway, with the final two races on September 30th .
-credit: Chris Roberts