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Donington 12/10/2008 - 06 Days, 05 Hrs, 28 Mins
DRIVER NEWS: Podium Number Four for Bahraini Ace.


DRIVER NEWS:  After  a  two  podium  finishes  in  Snetterton  three  weeks  ago things were looking good for Hamad Al Fardan in Monza and sure enough race two saw him secure podium number four of the season.

Al  Fardan  got  his  first  taste  of  the  ultra  fast  circuit  at  the  Autodroma  Nazionale Monza  during  the 45-minute Free Practice  session  on Saturday morning. The  GFH backed driver set  the  fourth quickest  time with a  1:50.527  lap at  the  end  of  the session. Just a few hours later Al Fardan continued from the good start to qualify his Dallara Mugen-Honda third for rounds 9 and 10 of the Formula 3 Championship. The Bahraini finished both sessions just behind championship rivals Perez and Cheng.

Qualifying 1: 3rd  position, 1:49.026   Qualifying 2: 3rd  position, 1:48.705

All  weekend  temperatures  at  the  Italian  track  had  been  rising  steadily  and  by raceday there was barely a cloud in the sky. Unfortunately for Hamad the sun wasn't shining  and  his  first  race  was  to  end  prematurely  after  a  tangle  with  team-mate Ricardo Teixeira on lap two. After squeezing Al Fardan onto the grass into turn one Teixeria  then  came  together  with  invitation  driver  Dominick  Muermans  forcing Muerman into a spin who through no fault of his own collected Al Fardan en-route. Championship  leader  Sergio  Perez  took  his  fourth  victory  of  the  season  and  Al Fardan's teammate Frankie Cheng took second.

With  nearly  eight  hours in  between  races  in Monza  Al Fardan had a  long  time  to contemplate  the disappointment of race  one,  but  the Bahraini driver didn't let  the incident  affect  him  and  put  in  a  sterling  drive  to  take  his  fourth  podium  of  the season. Al Fardan made a great start in the incident packed race which then saw the Performance  driver  battling  with  championship  rival Michael  Meadows for the first half  of  the race,  eventually  Al  Fardan  got  the  upper  hand  and  pulled  away from Meadows. The remainder of the race was incident free as Al Fardan drove in clear air to the chequered flag and third place. Perez took his second win of the weekend.

The podium finish means that Al Fardan moves up into fifth in the championship with 59 points.

Race 1: DNF   Race 2: 3rd  position, 29:18.453 (16 laps)

Hamad  Al  Fardan  -  Performance  Racing  Driver  "This  morning  was  really disappointing  for  me  after  I  worked  so  hard  in  qualifying.  I  think  I  could  have finished  in  third  place  and  maybe  had  two  podiums  this  weekend  again  but  the second race made up for it.  I had a good start  but was slightly worried as I  only completed one lap in the morning and I was fighting with meadows straight away but after  five  or  six  laps  I  relaxed  and  enjoyed  the  race.  I'm really  pleased  with  the podium and it moves me up in the championship which is even better."

The British F3 International Series will be back on track at Brands Hatch on July 15-16 for rounds 11 & 12 of the championship.

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