Mike Meadows Scores 1st and 2nd in F3 National Class at Donington
DRIVER NEWS: Mike Meadows, Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series driver with NewNet Master Motorsport, scored National class victory in the first of the two races at Donington Park circuit today, and then backed this up with a second place finish in the second race. He also notched up fastest laps in each of the races, adding to the National class pole position time Meadows set yesterday in qualifying for the first race. His efforts have improved his overall points standing and he now lies second in the National Class.
This weekend’s excellent performance has seen a reversal of fortunes for the Banbury driver who, after ending his last outing at Oulton Park with substantial accident damage, was eager to show his potential in the lead up to Donington. Meadows was only able to complete a few laps in the pre-event test session due to mechanical issues, and these continued through into the race weekend, with his second qualifying session hampered by a sticking throttle. Despite all these setbacks, Meadows has shown true British grit, keeping his focus and determination firmly directed at showing his true potential this weekend, and this spirit was rewarded with two podium finishes.
In the first race today Meadows started in the lead of the National class field, having set the fastest time in qualifying for this race yesterday. At the green flag he made a strong start and his nearest rival, Sergio Perez, was never able to challenge Meadows, as he drove to his first Class win of the season, in only his third race of British F3 competition, claiming fastest lap en route to this victory.
The second race started with Meadows in second place behind Perez, having qualified in this order for the race yesterday. In the first lap melee Meadows lost part of his front wing, but he was able to maintain position on the track. Meadows coped admirably with the situation, quickly adapting his driving style to cater for this handicap, and still managing to turn the fastest lap of the race.
Meadows said after his best F3 performances so far this season, “We’re finally starting to show our potential and recording the level of results that we expected to see. I was challenging Sergio in the second race, but my front wing problem cost me any chance of taking him. We leave Donington with two solid performances, and I’m much happier now than after Oulton Park. My main challengers, Sergio Perez and Cong Fu Cheng are both much more experienced than me, especially as they’ve been driving in the A1GP Series, so it’s particularly satisfying to have outpaced them this weekend. What a change around! I’m so pleased, and just hungry to push on and go for double victory in Bucharest.”
Meadows’ potential as a young talent of motorsport has been recognised by the British Racing Drivers Club, with his selection into the BRDC Rising Stars scheme and by the Motor Sport Association, with this industry body awarding him a place on the new MSA British Race Elite programme. The young racer graduated to the British F3 Series this year, following a successful season of racing in the UK Formula BMW championship.