Gonzalez on the Podium at Thruxton Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez finally achieved a podium by finishing 3rd in the second British F3 race at Thruxton last weekend. The Thruxton circuit in Hampshire is the fastest track in the UK and is a testing...
Gonzalez on the Podium at Thruxton
Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez finally achieved a podium by finishing 3rd in the second British F3 race at Thruxton last weekend.
The Thruxton circuit in Hampshire is the fastest track in the UK and is a testing challenge which all drivers relish. Gonzalez was looking to build on his encouraging performances for the last couple of rounds and was looking to qualify in the top 6.
In Saturday morning qualifying Gonzalez was on target for a 6th place finish but a whell issue mean he didn't get the chance to go out and improve so only managed a 10th place. In the afternoon he had a better session and managed a better 7th place on the grid of 30+ cars.
Sunday, after a cloudy start, was another sunny and warm day and the first F3 race of the day started at midday. Gonzalez again made a good start and over the next couple of laps made his way up to 5th place, with a group of 4 a few seconds up the road.
Half way through the race 2 of the leaders collided at the chicane which put Gonzalez up into 3rd place. Due to the location of the accident the Clerk of the course called out the Safety car to enable to removal of the crashed cars.
Once the safety car had been withdrawn Gonzalez tried to take 2nd place at the Complex but was pushed out wide onto the dirty track and fell down to 8th place. He then battled with a group of cars and finished 6th (later changed to 7th ).
After the race Gonzalez commented "I was in a good position with a safe 3rd place, but on the re-start was pushed out wide and lost several places, so I am very annoyed as I have missed out on a podium finish"
The 2nd race later in the afternoon was another frantic affair with a crash on the first lap bringing out the safety again. Due to another good start Gonzalez had moved up to 5th place and this time after the Safety car was withdrawn first caught and passed Championship leader Asmer and then did the same with Engle to put him in a comfortable 3rd place. At the chequered flag Gonzalez punched the air with delight as he had finally got a podium finish.
In Parc Ferme his emotions caught up with him and there were joyous family/team hugs before he went off to the Podium ceremony.
After the race Gonzalez said "I have got to give a big thank you to my T- Sport team and well as the support from my family especially my Father Carlos. I had hoped to be able to get on the podium earlier in the season but I will now be determined in the remaining races to go for a win"
The British F3 Championship now moves onto Croft with the next races on 9th September 2007.