TEAM NEWS: Perez Takes the Lead; Gonzalez Steps up a Gear
TEAM NEWS: T-Sport’s Sergio Perez took the lead in the National Class of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series at Snetterton today with a dominant win in race one, followed by a fight from the back in race two. Team-mate Rodolfo Gonzalez took his best result of the season so far with a fifth-placed finish in race one.
The team suffered the frustration of traffic during both qualifying sessions on Saturday. Rodolfo had to settle for 11th in the first session after catching traffic on his hot lap. Sergio had better luck in that session; the Mexican getting a clear run and sailing into the National Class pole position. In the second qualifying session Rodolfo did a great job to get eighth place, despite the traffic, whilst Sergio claimed second.
Both drivers put in superb performances in race one. Rodolfo took fifth place which is his best result of the season so far (he finished fifth in Bucharest but a penalty put him down to tenth). Sergio dominated the National Class competitors and by winning the race also took the lead in the Championship standings.
Race two was hard work for Sergio as he was pushed off at Riches on the very first lap. He then had a lonely race, fighting his was up from the back of the field. The Safety Car helped him just before the halfway mark by bunching up the pack and he was able to get up to fourth in time for the chequered flag. Sergio now stands level on points with Frankie Cheng but takes the top spot of the table as he has three race wins to Cheng’s two.
Unfortunately for Rodolfo the reason the Safety Car was out was because he had been taken out by Sebastian Hohenthal when the Swede took a dive up the inside, and that was the end of his race.
“Rodolfo did a great job today,” commented Team Principal Russell Eacott. “Race one was his best performance of the year; it’s just a shame that he was taken out in race two. Sergio took a strong win this morning then was a little unlucky in race two. It’s a tough year in the National Class and he knows he has to keep pushing.”
Next up for T-Sport is a trip to the home of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza for rounds nine and ten of the British F3 International Series.