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Donington 12/10/2008 - 06 Days, 05 Hrs, 32 Mins
Podium Finish for Cheng after Difficult Romanian Weekend


DRIVER NEWS: The spectacular city of Bucharest in Romania was the host for the third round of the British F3 race last weekend and Cheng 'Frankie' Cong Fu travelled to the first overseas round of the year heading the National Class championship table.

The stunning track layout took racers through the streets of the capital and around the parliament buildings. This is the first visit abroad for the British F3 series that will for certain become a permanent racing fixture on mainland Europe as well as in the U.K. The popularity of the series is growing tremendously and the new destination in Romania is proving this. For Frankie, this race was a great opportunity for him to showcase his talent to the excited fans around the city. The weather however disagreed and caused many problems for all the F3 racers.

With rain and a slick track, the weekend started off badly for everyone, especially for Frankie who struggled very much with his lack of experience on street circuits. Most of the practise sessions were done in damp conditions which were extremely exciting to watch for the spectators. Cars were crashing left and right bringing out many red flags during all of the sessions. Frankie was no exception to this and during his qualifying sessions, he crashed his car with another driver causing him to lose much needed practise time to get use to the circuit as well as throwing away his qualifying times. Frankie was then relegated to the back of the grid for the first race closing every possibility to score some points.

For the second qualifying session, Frankie did his best with his limited track time to qualify ahead of many of his rivals. The race was even better when Frankie showed everyone what he is made of and stormed up the field to take a podium finish in the National Class. With his great effort, Frankie was able to keep his lead in the National Class with five points over his closest rival, Perez from Mexico.

Frankie: "It was a hard weekend for me. A part from a few laps in Beijing with A1, this is my first experience on a street circuit. The track was always in damp conditions and it was really difficult to get the rhythm due to the many red flags. Unfortunately, my first qualify was ruined by the incident with another car when I was on my flying lap. This can happen in racing but of course I was extremely disappointed. This then put me in a very bad position for the start of the race one. Race two was much more exciting and finally I had the possibility to drive without be involved in any incidents and free of red flags.  I achieved an important 3rd place that keeps me leading the National Class. The competition for the title is becoming harder race by race; I discovered that a street circuit is exciting but also very difficult and unpredictable. Surely, this race was a good experience to prepare for the Macao race of next November".

The next event will be held on the 2nd- 3rd June in Snetterton where ten days ago "Frankie" leaded the group of the National class in the last sessions of official testing.


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