COLE CLINGS ONTO LEAD AT ROCKINGHAM Brackley, UK - 19 July 2010: T-Sport's two national class racers, James Cole and Menasheh Idafar continued their close-fought battle in the British F3 International Series at Rockingham this weekend.
COLE CLINGS ONTO LEAD AT ROCKINGHAM
Brackley, UK - 19 July 2010: T-Sport's two national class racers, James Cole and Menasheh Idafar continued their close-fought battle in the British F3 International Series at Rockingham this weekend. Idafar's wins in the first two races took him into the championship leap, only to be overtaken by Cole when he won Sunday's feature race, claiming enough points to regain the top spot. Championship-class driver, Alex Brundle, had a difficult weekend as he continues his debut season in Formula 3.
It was Cole who took the national class pole for race one but even after making a great start he was passed by an attacking Idafar on lap one. Menasheh didn't look back and took the win from James, closing the gap in the championship table to just two points.
In race two Idafar had pole but the two T-Sport drivers had a coming together at the start that was deemed to be a racing incident. They both managed to get back to the pits but Cole's nose cone took longer to change than Idafar's rear wheel so the win ultimately went to Menasheh again, moving him into the top spot in the race for the national class title.
Idafar had pole again for Sunday's feature race but this time Cole got a jump on him at the start and managed to stay in front all the way to the chequered flag. Cole now leads the national class again but only by a margin of five points so the battle will continue at full force at Spa.
In the championship class, Alex Brundle found himself on a steep learning curve again. In race one he got caught up behind a lap one incident, which lost him a lot of time. In race two, which is now know as 'the pit stop race', he was on for a top 10 finish but unfortunately had a longer than anticipated pit stop. He took his best result of the weekend in that race though, finishing 12th.
"James turned it all around for himself this afternoon," said T-Sport Team Principal, Russell Eacott. "His performance in the feature race was outstanding and he has retained the championship lead by a whisker. Menasheh had two great races and then got beat fair and square in race three. Alex is learning the hard way that F3 is incredibly competitive. We'll continue to work through everything with him when we test at Snetterton this Tuesday in preparation for Spa."
The T-Sport team will be back in action in two weeks at Spa-Francorchamps for rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the 2010 British F3 International Series.