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Donington 12/10/2008 - 06 Days, 05 Hrs, 35 Mins
Bahrain's F3 Driver Ready for Bucharest Challenge

DRIVER NEWS:  This  weekend  will  see  Bucharest  play  host  the  first  overseas race  of  the  2007 Lloyds  TSB  Insurance  British F3 International  Series. For  the  first time  in  the  championship's  history  rounds  5  and  6  will  take  place  over  a  stunning street  circuit  with  the Palace  of  the Parliament, one  of  the world's largest  buildings, as the backdrop.

The  event  sponsored  by  Vodafone,  also  marks  the  furthest  that  the  British  F3  grid has travelled in the 43-year history of the championship.

As the event is a first for the city none of the F3 drivers have raced on the Romanian circuit  and  Hamad  Al  Fardan,  who  is  currently 9th  in  the  National  Class  with  eight points,  will   be   hoping  to   use   this   to   his   advantage   and  put   pressure  on  his championship rivals.

Commenting on the race ahead he said: "I can't wait for Bucharest and I really hope to  do  well. It's  a  level  playing field in terms  of  circuit experience so everybody  will start the weekend in the same position. This will be the first time in my career that I have raced on a street circuit but I feel  very  confident and ready. I have spent a lot of time in Bahrain training and preparing myself."

Despite  not  having  the  best  start  of the year  at  Oulton  Park,  the  opening round  of the  British  F3  Series,  things  definitely  improved  for  Hamad  at  Donington  Park.  In race one  Hamad  drove a  solid race  finishing  in 6th  place and winning his first points of the season.  But  it  was  in race two  that Hamad really shone; he  started  from  the back  of  the  grid  and  within  the  first  few  laps  was  up  to  an  impressive  4th place. Hamad  eventually  finished  9th   after  being  involved  in  an  incident  mid  way  through the race.

Before returning  to racing this weekend the F3 teams were  back out  on track  for an official  test  at  Snetterton  earlier  this  month.  Hamad  once  again  showed  his  driving talent  over  the two  day  test topping  the National Class time sheet  on  day one. The GFH  backed  driver  posted  a  time  of  1:02.896  around  the  1.9  mile  track,  with  an average  speed of 111.71mph, just  1.654 seconds behind the quickest Championship Class  driver,  Raikkonen  Robertson  Racing's  Stephen  Jelley.  On  day  two  Hamad clocked the second quickest time of the morning session just behind his Performance Racing team-mate Frankie Cheng.

Round  5  of the  2007 Lloyds  TSB  Insurance British F3  International  Series  is  due  to start at 11.55 on Saturday  19th  May, with  round 6 getting underway on Sunday 20th May at 10.45.

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