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Donington 12/10/2008 - 06 Days, 05 Hrs, 31 Mins
DRIVER NEWS: Double Podium for Bahrain's Hamad Al Fardan

DRIVER NEWS:  Hamad   Al   Fardan   secured   two   podium   finishes   this weekend with two  fantastic drives  in  rounds  7 & 8 of the  British F3  International Series.

Conditions at the Norfolk track could not have been more different from Bucharest two  weeks  ago;  soaring  temperatures  all  weekend  meant  it   was  difficult   track conditions for the F3 drivers. Despite the heat Al Fardan rose to the occasion and put his Performance Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda 3rd on the gird for both races.

Electric problems with the #38 car in race one meant Al Fardan's drive to his second podium  finish  in  the  championship  was  even  more  deserving.  Unable  to  fix  the problem in  such short  notice meant  the  team  had  to send Al  Fardan  out  with no information on his dash. Not only did Al Fardan keep his cool but he made up one place on  track passing  Jackson with 10 laps remaining in  the race. T-Sport driver Sergio Perez went on to win the race.

The team was unable to fix the electrical problems which plagued Al Fardan in race one  but   this   did   not   stop   the   Bahraini   driver  taking  his  third   podium   of  the championship. An incident packed race two saw the GFH backed driver start third on the grid. But a mistake on turn one left him back down the field in 9th  place, a long way   behind   his  rivals,   and   fighting   understeer  for   the  remainder  of  the   race. Fortunately for Hamad a safety car period mid way through the race meant with a few brilliant overtaking maneuvers he ended up in 3rd place. Al Fardan's team mate Frankie Cheng took second place and Victor Jensen went on to score his first victory of the season.

Hamad Al Fardan - Performance Racing Driver "I've had a really good weekend although the first  race  was  tough  because  I  was   constantly   worried   about  the electrical problems I had. I kept missing gears on the straight but I did the best I could and managed to get my second podium.

"In race two I went off on turn one which meant I was really far behind the other drivers, I pushed hard but was struggling from understeer because of the damage. The safety car helped me catch up and I managed to pass Salman and then Perez and Jackson together out of turn two.

"I'm really happy with this weekend, two podiums is fantastic for me. I want to thank my  sponsor  GFH  and  the  team  for  doing  such  a  fantastic job.  I'm  really  looking forward to Monza now."

Bobby  Issazadhe  -  Performance  Racing  Team  Manager  "Hamad  had   two magnificent races this weekend. And especially race two when he was under so much pressure, many drivers would look in their  mirrors and make mistakes but Hamad kept his head down and put in even faster times."

The British F3 International Series will be back on track at Monza on June 23 - 24 for rounds 9 & 10 of the championship.

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