TEAM NEWS: T-Sport’s Steven Guerrero took his maiden British F3 victory yesterday, winning the National Class in round 12 of the 2008 British F3 International Series at Thruxton. His victory marks the first win for a Colombian in the series since Juan Pablo Montoya’s last win in 1996. It was a good day for T-Sport as Sergio Perez retook the lead in the Championship Class, albeit by just one point.
It was a stellar weekend for Guerrero, who had only ever driven at Thruxton once and that was in the very wet test a few weeks ago. For a Thruxton rookie to finish on the podium in third place in race one and then go on to win race two is an amazing achievement. It’s a hard circuit and he was under a lot of pressure from Jay Bridger in race two but he held it all together and came through to take his first win.
Sergio Perez was disappointed to qualify in sixth place for both races but the nature of Thruxton is that if you don’t get a tow you don’t get pole. He suffered at the start of race one, dropping to 10th place, but fought his way up to sixth, and only a hard-charging Atte Mustonen managed to get past the Mexican and he finished in seventh place. Race two got off to a much better start and Sergio made his way up to fourth. The place was taken away from him by Michael Devaney on lap nine but Sergio was having none of that, promptly taking the place back off the Irishman. He finished the race in fourth and is now back on the top of the leaderboard.
Salman Al Khalifa had a memorable weekend but for all the wrong reasons as his luck seemed to desert him. In race one he went off at the chicane which forced him to pit for repairs to his rear diffuser. Once back on track he was able to run strongly but had lost too much time to get a result any higher than his eighth place finish. Race two came to a premature end when Stefan Wilson punted him off just a few laps into the race.
Commenting on his team’s Thruxton performance, Russell Eacott said, “That was a magical weekend for Steven. He drove his heart out and we were very pleased to see him take his first win and look forward to seeing him do it again in the races ahead. Sergio’s weekend was all about damage limitation but he will be right back on in at Brands, and Sal needs a bit of luck and then I’m sure the good results will come back to him.”
Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2008 British F3 International Series take placeat Brands Hatch on 13 July.