British-born Bahraini Menasheh Idafar continued his adaptation to the demands of a Formula Renault UK car at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk today, Wednesday, 27th August, during a general test outing with Derbyshire team Hillspeed.
The 17-year-old, a regular in the Formula Renault BARC series with the Hathersage based squad, performed very well indeed at the wheel of a current specification Formula Renault UK car and produced a best lap of 1m 06.3 seconds.
Lapping comfortably in the low 1m 06 second bracket for the majority of the test, the Gulfol, Gulf Computer Services and Ortolan backed racer was just a second off the times managed by the Formula Renault UK Championship regulars when they tested at Snetterton recently – an impressive effort during only his third ever run in an FRUK car.
“Today was another good test and I really enjoyed it”, said Menasheh, “The car felt great and although there were quite a few other types of car on the circuit we still managed to consistently lap well. I’ve had three runs now in a UK car and I’ve really enjoyed them all, I think we’ve shown we’re very competitive.”
Track conditions today at Snetterton weren’t ideal for fast times with a strong head wind blowing down the Senna Straight. Therefore, to conclude the day just a second shy of front-running Formula Renault UK pace underlined Menasheh’s continued progress.
Hillspeed team boss Richard Ollerenshaw commented: “Menasheh performed very well again today, especially when you take into account he only had about two genuinely clear laps in each session due to the array of other cars on circuit, such as Formula Fords, Monopostos and some historic single-seaters.
“He’s adapting very nicely to the UK-spec car and to be just a second away from the ultimate times around Snetterton was very promising. With a few changes we’re sure he could run in the low 1m 05 second bracket.”
Menasheh’s next track action will see a return to his regular Formula Renault BARC car on Friday, 5th September, during a test run at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent, before travelling to Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire on Sunday, 7th September, for the 10th round of the Formula Renault BARC Championship season.