DRIVER NEWS: Podiums number 7 and 8 for GFH driver Al Fardan
DRIVER NEWS: Gulf Finance House driver Hamad Al Fardan has got his Formula 3 championship very firmly on track with two podium finishes in Rounds 15 and 16 of the Lloyds TSB Insurance Formula 3 International Series at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix.
It wasn't an easy start to the weekend for the young Bahraini, car troubles and set up problems meant he struggled in both Friday test sessions and despite the team working non-stop to solve the technical glitch qualifying didn't fair much better. The GFH driver struggled with the handling of his Formula 3 Dallara and he eventually finished both sessions in fifth position.
After a brilliant start in race one Al Fardan was comfortable in third place by the end of the first lap. The remainder of the race was spent tussling for position with new championship arrival, Brazilian Ernesto Otero. Otero eventually passed Al Fardan relegating him to fourth place but just three laps from the end Al Fardan's team mate Frankie Cheng retired with a puncture, unlucky for team but lucky for the Bahraini as he was promoted to third place.
Fortunately the team, based just down the road from Silverstone circuit, solved the technical problems that had plagued Al Fardan's #38 car all weekend in time for race two. The second race was to be hard fought for Al Fardan, a less than perfect start dropped him down the order but he pushed his way back up through the grid to find clear air. The remainder of the race was uneventful for Al Fardan and he eventually crossed the line in third position.
Overall, Al Fardan was pleased with his performance which has moved him up into fourth place in the National Class just twenty points behind championship rival Michael Meadows in third.
Hamad Al Fardan - Performance Racing. Driver "I had a difficult start to the weekend and qualifying didn't go as well as I had hoped. I've had problems with the set up of the car all weekend but I had a great start in race one and luckily for me I ended up with another podium. In race two the car was much better but it was a difficult race as I had a bad start. I'm fourth in the championship now which is good for me but to win championships you need to be consistent throughout the whole season. I'm looking forward to Thruxton in two weeks and hopefully I can fight for third in the championship. I want to thank the team for doing a good job and my sponsor GFH."
Bobby Issazadhe - Performance Racing Team Manager "It's been a tough weekend for Hamad. Technical problems with the car meant he struggled in both qualifying sessions and race one. But once the problem was found and sorted he was back on the pace. Third in race one was very lucky for us but he drove well for the third in race two. Hamad has progressed in the championship now and we are looking really good for third in the championship by the end of the season."
Tijjay Majiyagbe - Head of Marketing GFH "Hamad is a positive role model for the Kingdom of Bahrain and GFH is proud of their association with him. Hamad's performance this weekend with another podium is consistent with our expectations of him. We certainly have a champion in the making!"
After a successful weekend the Bahraini driver leaves the track with 121 points and fourth place in the championship.