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14th March 2008


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British-born Bahraini Menasheh Idafar produced astonishing pace during his latest test outing today, Friday, 14th March, at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit – his final run at the Kent venue prior to the opening two rounds of the Formula Renault BARC Championship on Easter Weekend.

The Hillspeed racer, who celebrated his 17th birthday yesterday, heads into rounds one and two of the season at Brands Hatch on 23rd/24th March buoyed by a tremendous showing during today’s general test session, emerging as the fastest driver in an FR2000 Class Formula Renault BARC car on unofficial timings.

Having made outstanding progress during recent weeks, Menasheh – who resides in South West London when in the UK – is confident of a successful 2008 campaign and his continued development as a racing driver is making a great many championship insiders sit up and take notice.

“I really enjoyed today’s test, the Hillspeed guys gave me a fantastic car again and we worked really well together”, said Menasheh, “The pre-season has gone very well for us and I’m confident we’ll continue to be strong throughout the season.”

Backed this year by Gulf Computer Services, Ortolan and Gulfol, the 2008 season is set to be the most important yet in the teenage sensation’s short career. Without question, he is certainly impressing Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw.

“I’ve been absolutely blown away by Menasheh again today”, said Ollerenshaw, “He has totally changed since we first worked with him last October, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a driver improve so quickly. Menasheh has the potential to be very strong in this year’s championship and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with him.”

While the 2008 Formula Renault BARC Championship curtain-raiser is just over a week away on 23rd/24th March at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Menasheh and his Hillspeed team will embark on further test mileage at Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire this Wednesday, 19th March, and Thursday, 20th March.

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