Menasheh Idafar made more strong progress with his Volkswagen-powered Formula 3 car during testing at Brands Hatch and Silverstone this week – the 2010 National Class Champion working to gain as much mileage as possible ahead of next year’s Cooper Tires British F3 International Series.
The 19-year-old, who will graduate to the headline International Class of the championship in 2011 with the front-running T-Sport team, wasn’t able to enjoy any dry running over the course of the two tests in Kent and Northamptonshire but the track time still proved very beneficial.
At Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on Wednesday, 17th November, the track didn’t dry all day but this was largely due to an application on the surface intended to prevent freezing. This left conditions very tricky indeed and although the use of slicks was attempted, it was too slippery and the requisite heat couldn’t be generated to attain the level of performance needed for dry-weather tyres.
Menasheh therefore ran on treaded rubber for almost the entire day and, other than his newly confirmed 2011 team-mate Yann Cunha, the teenager was the sole F3 runner on track although it was fairly busy with Formula Ford and Formula Renault machinery also in action.
Running at Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit on Thursday, 18th November, the British-born Bahraini continued to make small improvements to his car and ended the outing very pleased with his performance. Starting on a completely wet track, the surface didn’t dry fully but towards the end of the day Menasheh was able to enjoy some laps using slicks.
“We’ve had another couple of really good days in the car and although the conditions weren’t ideal, we were able to work on some things”, he said, “At Brands Hatch it was really slippery so that made things quite difficult but Silverstone was much better. Even though it was never fully dry, we did a lot of good work and did plenty of laps.”