Formula 3 racer Menasheh Idafar is aiming for a strong conclusion to the second race meeting of the 2010 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series tomorrow after a bittersweet outing at Silverstone Arena Grand Prix Circuit today, Saturday, 1st May.
Continuing to deliver the impressive pace he has shown throughout testing, the 19-year-old was easily the fastest of the National Class competitors during qualifying this morning with a best lap of 1m54.493 seconds (185.23km/h).
Almost two seconds to the good over chief rival and T-Sport team-mate, James Cole, Menasheh was 17th quickest overall and within just four 10ths of a second of the top 12. Furthermore, his pace was such he was within just 1.3 seconds of the outright pole position.
Displaying terrific consistency, the F3 rookie’s second best lap time was good enough to place him 15th on the grid for today’s race, round four, but an unfortunate collision on the grid at the start of the warm-up lap ruled Menasheh – and Brazilian Felipe Nasr – out of the race before it started.
As Nasr failed to get away from the second row of the grid, Menasheh was unsighted and made contact with the rear of the Raikkonen Robertson Racing car. Thankfully both drivers were uninjured but the incident means they will be forced to start Sunday’s fifth round from the back of the grid.
“I’m so disappointed with how today turned out and I’m obviously very sorry for Felipe (Nasr)”, said Menasheh, “We were really quick in qualifying and I was pleased with our performance. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day and we’ll be able to score some good points for the championship.”
Round five of the 2010 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series will get underway at 10.30 tomorrow, Sunday, 2nd May, with the sixth round of the campaign following at 16.45.