TEAM NEWS: Performance Racing keeps good form in Monza
TEAM NEWS: The Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series was in Monza, for their 2nd event outside the UK this season. Performance Racing drivers Frankie Cheng and Hamad Al Fardan kept on their recent good form, scoring 3 podium finishes between them, while Ricardo Teixeira’s races were compromised by mechanical problems.
The two National Class drivers showed their strong pace already in qualifying, with Cheng and Al Fardan putting their cars in 2nd and 3rd place for the start of both races.
Cheng drove two strong races, and moved up some positions. Unfortunately on both occasions there were too many Championship Class cars between him and Sergio Perez, which prevented the Chinese driver from challenging his championship rival. Still, he did well do finish 2nd on both occasions, and an impressive 10th overall in Race 2! Al Fardan got caught up in an incident on Race 1, and had to retire. The Bahraini driver didn’t let this disappointment get the best of him and drove a great 2nd race to finish in 3rd place, his 4th podium of the season!
Cheng is now 2nd in the National Class standings, 12 points behind the leading driver, and Al Fardan has moved up to 5th.
Teixeira’s weekend was one of disappointment. Problems in the 1st qualifying session meant that he could do no better than 22nd. The 2nd session looked much better, and a top 15 qualifying spot would have been entirely possible, but unfortunately Ricardo was held up by a car warming up his tires on what would have been his fastest lap.
The two races didn’t go much better. An action packed first race saw Ricardo moving up and down the order in the first laps. He managed to recover, and was catching up a group of cars fighting for positions in the Top 15 when an oil leak forced him into a spin and retirement. Race 2 didn’t go much better, with the Angolan driver retiring with gearbox problems early on.
Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe commented that “The podium finishes were a good thing obviously, but it was a shame that Frankie never had the opportunity to challenge Perez directly. If he had, maybe we could have come away with two victories. ”
Performance Racing will now be busy relocating to its new workshop in Silverstone, before getting back into action as the British F3 International Series returns to UK soil on July 15-16 for Rounds 11 & 12 in Brands Hatch.