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23rd July 2008


Menasheh Idafar bounced back in perfect style from his disappointment of two non-scoring races at Croft on Sunday to produce a stunning test performance at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk yesterday, Tuesday, 22nd July – the venue for the upcoming eighth and ninth rounds of the Formula Renault BARC Championship season.

The 17-year-old, who competes for Derbyshire based Hillspeed, took part in a general test session at Snetterton alongside regular team-mate Ahmad Al Harthy. They were also joined by Menasheh’s younger brother, Ezra Idafar, who made his maiden outing in a Formula Renault BARC car.

Immediately, Menasheh produced the sort of impressive performance which is quickly becoming a hallmark. Lapping with a best time of 1m 08.077 seconds, the British-born Bahraini just missed out on dipping into the 1m 07 second bracket by a mere fraction and his excellent pace was more than a match for the handful of other BARC drivers present.

Quickest for the majority of the day, Menasheh’s time was bettered later in the afternoon but the car in question is believed not to have been running in full Formula Renault BARC race specification so any comparison between the two would be erroneous.

Speaking at the conclusion of the test, Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: “Menasheh was on very good form today, we ran using old brake pads and discs so his time of 1m 08 seconds was impressive. It was the perfect way to bounce back from Croft, lapping 0.15 seconds quicker than he has before at Snetterton. We continue to raise the bar each time we go out.”

Menasheh will return to action just a couple of days from now at Donington Park National Circuit on Thursday, 24th July, where he will be aiming to rack up more mileage in the build up to the next race meeting on the 2008 Formula Renault BARC calendar – a visit to Snetterton on Saturday, 9th August.

Hillspeed driver coach, and British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star, Matt Shawyer added: “Menasheh was in top form today, the quickest he’s ever been at Snetterton and we’re confident he’ll be just as strong at Donington this Thursday. It was another terrific job.”

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