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Spa: Rodolfo Gonzalez race report

"Speedy" Gonzalez has strong British F3 weekend at Spa Attleborough's Rodolfo "Speedy" Gonzalez had another impressive British F3 weekend at the magnificent Spa-Francorchamps track in the Ardennes region of Belgium. The British F3 races were...

"Speedy" Gonzalez has strong British F3 weekend at Spa

Attleborough's Rodolfo "Speedy" Gonzalez had another impressive British F3 weekend at the magnificent Spa-Francorchamps track in the Ardennes region of Belgium.

The British F3 races were supporting the FIA GT Championship's 24 hours of Spa, and were therefore watched by a multi-national and knowledgeable crowd.

With the likely appearance of rain sometime during the 3 days of action, all the drivers were keen to get as much dry running to re-learn the amended track, as the Bus Stop is now totally re-profiled.

With Thursday's early sessions just Free Practice sessions, the real key first session of qualification for race 1 took place on Thursday afternoon and Gonzalez managed to finish in 8th place, and for the second qualifying session on the Friday he managed a 6th place, but was annoyed as he felt he could have been on pole if he had hooked up all 3 sectors properly.

The first race on the Friday early evening was in dry conditions and the crowd expected a battle through the daunting Eau Rouge corner and so it turned out. Gonzalez again made a great start and made up several places and by the end of the 1st lap was in 4th place. He had a strong battle with two others cars, but at the end of the race in finished in a strong 5th place.

On Saturday morning we woke up to the sound of rain and unfortunately by the time of the race at 11:45 the track was soaking wet and so the race was started behind the safety car. In all only 5 laps were run under green flag conditions, but the going was so treacherous that cars were aquaplaning off the corners, and so Gonzalez only managed a 10th place finish with a championship point.

After the race Gonzalez said "I'm happy because it proved that my performance at the Brands Hatch races was no stroke of luck and we truly are getting better. I'm happy with the progress being made, the best of my weekend was qualifying sixth in qualifying 2. I think if I had hooked up my first sector with rest of my other sectors we should of had pole, but unfortunately I had to deal with traffic. In any case we finished 5th and 10th which is an improvement and I hope we can carry on this form for my next challenge at Silverstone on August 12th."

-credit: chris roberts

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