TEAM NEWS: Sergio Perez has a fight on his hands for the 2008 British F3 International Series title after a tough weekend at Snetterton. The Mexican driver has slipped to second in the standings behind Carlin’s Jamie Alguersuari, but they are separated by only one point. In the National Class Steven Guerrero had a good weekend, taking his best run of results so far whilst Salman Al Khalifa finished in the top six in both races.
Sergio’s weekend didn’t get off to the best start when he qualified in sixth place for race one in wet conditions; he came in for new wets with ten minutes to go but there was less grip on the newer rubber so the pace wasn’t there. The second session was much better and he took third place on the grid for race two. It could have been even better but red flags scuppered two very fast laps for the T-Sport driver.
In race one Sergio got away well and had already gained a position to fifth when he was forced to retire on lap nine. Some on-track debris had found its way into his engine, damaging the cam-belt, and cutting short Sergio’s race. The start of race two didn’t go according to plan and Sergio dropped back to sixth, giving himself a lot of work to do but he managed to get up to fourth in time for the finish, displaying some great overtaking manouevers.
Steven Guerrero got some good results in qualifying with a second and a fourth and managed to translate these into third and fourth place finishes in the races, securing his third podium finish in his debut season.
Salman Al Khalifa finished both races at Snetterton, taking a fifth and sixth place, but struggling for all out pace after having to miss some of the recent testing. After a few DNFs it was good for the Bahraini driver to reach the chequered flag both times.
“That was quite a hard weekend for us,” said T-Sport Team Principal, Russell Eacott. “What happened to Sergio in race one was unfortunate but he had a much better race two and managed to get a few points. As for the National Class guys, Steven had a much better time in both races and Salman ended a run of DNFs to take finishes in both races.”
Next on the calendar for T-Sport are rounds 11 and 12 at the incredibly fast Thruxton Circuit in three weeks (28/29 June).