Rodolfo Avila a tough start on British F3 Rodolfo Avila had a tough weekend in 2006 British F3 International Series debut at Oulton Park, Cheshire. The Macanese National Class driver did not finish in the first race and chequered flag in fourth...
Rodolfo Avila a tough start on British F3
Rodolfo Avila had a tough weekend in 2006 British F3 International Series debut at Oulton Park, Cheshire. The Macanese National Class driver did not finish in the first race and chequered flag in fourth in the second race.
The first round of the season couldn't start worst. Macau SAR raising star had a tremendous shunt in Friday Test Session. When the 19-years old Performance Racing driver was trying to reach the second time of the day in his class, crashed heavily into the barriers in Island Bend and the Dallara F304 - Mügen Honda ended almost destroyed. The Sweden born and England based team crew worked bravely 24 hours to recuperate the car for the Qualifying session on the day after.
The Qualifying 1 - for the first race - Avila just completed three laps (you must complete three laps to be eligible). Hours later he did much better in Qualifying 2 and put his car in the fourth place of National Class. "I have to thanks to all my team! Thanks Geoff, Carl, Danny, Stewart, Richard, Duncan, Bobby and Mike! They did an astounding job to recover the car for the qualifying. I did two sessions with my right hand completely swollen and stiff because of the Friday crash. It was really painful but it was the maximum I could do in those conditions".
After the Sunday Easter Bank Holiday, Avila hit the track again for the two weekend races on Monday. The first race had an early over because of a non-thinking move of Championship Class's Keiko Ihara. The Japanese woman apparently forgetting she was in a different class and hit him so hard in the back that Rodolfo ended up stuck way off the track. "I started from the last position of the grid but I passed two guys before the first corner. One lap later I overtake one more opponent and I was getting confident that I could reach a podium position on the class when she did that stupid mistake. I'm very disappointed because I think we could finish in a honoured position", told the driver sponsored by Macau Government, Hotel Fortuna, Macau-Slot.com, BNU, Gain Well Group, Tong-Lei, CESL-Asia, Profabril - Asia Consult, RP MACAU, CTM, Tsingtao, Fat Siu Lau and PT Asia.
In the second race Avila started on fourth and ran out of brakes early on and had no choice but to follow Martin Kudzak home for fourth place. The Macanese Motorsport biggest hope had to fight with a non-helping car during 18 harsh laps. "The car wasn't easy to drive and the result was the achievable. I get in troubles with the brakes. More I push, worst it went. So I managed to keep my track position. My right hand wasn't helping me too. It was a little bit frustrating weekend and we understood we have to keep working hard if we want to be on the top in National Class".
The second round of British F3 International Series is scheduled to 20th/21st of May at Donington Park. Macau's driver has a good chance to enter on extra-Championship race before the Leicestershire event.