Gonzalez with best result of the Season Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez was competing last weekend in the British F3 International Championship races at Snetterton, Norfolk and had his best finish of 5th place. After the recent wet weather in the...
Gonzalez with best result of the Season
Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez was competing last weekend in the British F3 International Championship races at Snetterton, Norfolk and had his best finish of 5th place.
After the recent wet weather in the UK last weekend the sun shone brightly at the Snetterton circuit and the qualifying on the Saturday was extremely close, with 10 drivers in Qualifying 1 less than 0.5 secs from pole. Gonzalez was slightly disappointed with only 11th but was determined to improve for Qualifying 2, which he did with a 8th place.
After qualifying Gonzalez said "I was not very happy as I wanted to finish further up the grid and in 2nd qualifying was only 0.4 secs from pole. I will have to make some more demon starts off the line"
On the Sunday, after the initial cloud cover had lifted, the sun raised the temperatures (both air & track) quickly and there was anticipation about race 1 as some front runners in the championship were further down the grid than they expected.
When the lights went out Gonzalez again made a great start off the line and at the end of the 1st lap was up to 6th place (from 11th) and was closely following the leading group. With Kennard holding Gonzalez up he was keen to get past, and he managed this with a clean pass at the Esses. With the places then staying the same he crossed the line in a season's best of 5th place.
In the 2nd race later that afternoon Gonzalez again made a good start, making up 2 places, and looked certain to gain another top 6 finish, until Hohenthal hit him at the Esses and damaged his rear suspension and put him out of the race.
At the end of the season Gonzalez commented "I think Snetterton was a step forward for us, we were a lot closer to the pace than at other circuits and we definitely saw improvements. I think that to finish 5th having started 11th is good for me I showed that with that pace I can race the guys at the front. Unfortunately in race two I was fighting for 6th place and had a coming together with another driver, which didn't allow me to finish the race, but overall the weekend was an improvement."
The British F3 Championship now moves on to the Monza Grand Prix circuit, just outside Milan, for the next races on June 24th.