DRIVER NEWS: Hamad Al Fardan Ready for Season Finale
DRIVER NEWS: Gulf Finance House (GFH) driver Hamad Al Fardan heads to Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend in Northamptonshire, just one hour North of London, for the final two races of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series.
The young Bahraini has had his fair share of challenges to overcome this year and with twenty-eight of the best young drivers across the globe competing in the finale, Rockingham looks set to provide the ultimate challenge of his rookie season.
After a season long battle with China's 'Frankie' Cheng, 17-year-old Mexican Sergio Perez may have secured the National Class title at Croft in North Yorkshire three weeks ago, but it certainly won't give him a free ride at Rockingham. Al Fardan intends to be hot on his heels fighting for his first win of the season and cementing his third place in the championship, and if pre-race testing last week is an indicator Perez will need to watch his mirrors.
Al Fardan set the pace last Friday in his first visit to the Northamptonshire track after posting a time of 1:14.101 during the second session of the day, with an average speed of 94.24mph, just 1.568 seconds behind the quickest Championship Class driver, Carlin Motorsport's Sam Bird. In the morning session Al Fardan clocked the second quickest time just behind National Class Champion Perez.
Commenting on the weekend ahead Al Fardan said "These last two races are really important for me as they will determine where I finish in the championship, but after the test at Rockingham last week I am confident I can do well. I was among the fastest in the morning and in the afternoon we were able to improve and I was able to set the pace. Considering that this is my first appearance here at Rockingham and it's a very difficult track to master I am really pleased."
Peter Panayiotou, Acting CEO for GFH added "We are extremely proud of what Hamad has accomplished this year and we would really like to see him finish the season with two more great results. All of the GFH team are behind him!"
Al Fardan is currently 17 points clear of fourth place man Michael Meadows in the National Class championship but with rumours rife that the Brit has elected not to contest the final round of the season it seems the GFH driver may have already done enough to secure third in the championship. Iceland's Viktor Jensen has been struggling with his ADR Dallara in the last few races and his 5th place in the championship is under threat from a resurgent Salman Al Khalifa.
The final rounds of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series are due to start on Sunday 30th September at 11.35 and 14.55.