TEAM NEWS: Performance Racing in action in Silverstone
TEAM NEWS: Performance Racing’s National Class drivers were on the podium once again, but the championship lead is now a little further away.
Despite two good performances, Frankie Cheng´s weekend turned out to be one of disappointment, as he saw Sergio Perez increase his lead in the fight for the championship. The Chinese driver did well to qualify in 2nd place for both races. He was on his way to finish in this same position, but a puncture in the final laps of Race 1 meant he had to retire and lose precious points in the championship battle. He had a strong race in Race 2, and finished in 2nd place, which meant the points loss to Perez was at least minimized.
Hamad Al Fardan’s weekend did not start very well, as he experienced some setup problems, as well as some technical issues with his car. The team worked hard to sort out this situation, but unfortunately it ended up affecting the Bahraini driver’s qualifying sessions, meaning he could do no better than two 5th positions on the grid. In the races it was a different story, however. With all the problems solved, Hamad drove two strong races and was rewarded with 3rd place on both. His strong results in the past few races mean that he is now 4th in the National Class standings, and looking increasingly likely to take over 3rd place before the season ends.
In Championship Class, Ricardo Teixeira had another tough weekend. The qualifying sessions did not go well, compromising the chances of a strong result in the races. Starting in 23rd place for both events, the Angolan driver fought hard, and was able to move up a few places. Driving in a close group of cars, he finished Race 1 in 16th place, and was 18th in Race 2.
“Hamad did really well this weekend. Despite the problems with his car, he drove two good races and it looks like he can challenge for 3rd place in the standings. Frankie did well once again, but unfortunately we lost some ground in the championship fight. Anyway, there are still many points up for grabs and we are confident that we can win it!”, commented Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe after the weekend.
With their “home race” completed (the Swedish team has their new workshop at the Silverstone Circuit), Performance Racing will be back in action in two weeks in Thruxton.