Official testing ahead of this weekend’s Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series races at Spa-Francorchamps concluded at the Belgian track this afternoon, Thursday, 28th July, with T-Sport’s Menasheh Idafar posting a very promising eighth quickest time.
With the final European-based event of the British F3 season also being combined with the latest round of the FIA Formula 3 International Trophy, several invitational drivers from the F3 Euroseries are taking part and so on overall timings Menasheh was still a highly creditable 15th fastest.
This morning’s opening session took place on a drying track and the 20-year-old produced a best lap time of 2m 16.431 seconds in his Dallara-Volkswagen to finish the run within just a second of the overall top six.
In the end, that proved to be his only meaningful running as an afternoon deluge left the track extremely wet for the second outing. Conditions were so bad it wasn’t really worth pushing for lap times and so Menasheh chose to take the sensible option by not taking any risks. He did venture out but only for a handful of laps, the same approach adopted by most of the 28 car field.
“We only did three or four laps this afternoon, it was really wet and no point trying to do anything as it wasn’t worth the risk”, said the British-born Bahraini, “This morning went well, being the eighth quickest of the British championship guys was good. The track got quicker towards the end but we had used our tyres early so I’m happy where we finished.”
Qualifying for the seventh race meeting of the season will begin at 09.50 (local time) tomorrow, Friday, 29th July, with round 19 taking place at 13.15 and round 20 following at 16.50. On Saturday, 30th July, round 21 will get underway at approximately 12.40.
This weekend’s British F3 action is taking place a day earlier than would ordinarily be the case due to the fact the championship is running in support of the Total 24 Hours of Spa endurance race.