Fresh from taking his third podium of the 2011 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series at Donington Park last weekend, Menasheh Idafar posted the 11th quickest lap in testing at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit today, Wednesday, 28th September – the last officially timed run of the season.
Just a week and a half away from the final race meeting of the current campaign at the 3.66-mile Northamptonshire track, the 20-year-old concluded today’s three sessions fairly satisfied with the outcome where he attained a quickest time of 1m55.699 seconds (113.89mph).
Lapping in 1m56.873 seconds (112.75mph) during the opening run, he then improved to 1m56.387 seconds (113.22mph) in the midday session before finding an extra seven 10ths of a second in the third and final outing.
Almost hoisting Menasheh into the overall top 10, his fastest lap of the day placed him 1.2 seconds shy of Kevin Magnussen’s outright best on combined times. In terms of the third session alone, the T-Sport driver was seventh for that run – 0.8 seconds adrift of 2011 British F3 Champion Felipe Nasr.
“I was pretty happy with the last session, seventh wasn’t bad”, said the Dallara-Volkswagen racer, “I had too much oversteer in the beginning but we got that sorted out for the last run. We started too much on the back-foot I guess but caught up well considering that.”
Pre-event practice for the Silverstone GP Circuit rounds, which will run in support of the Blancpain Endurance Series, will take place on Friday, 7th October, with qualifying and round 28 following on Saturday, 8th October, at 10.25 and 14.35 respectively. On Sunday, 9th October, round 29 will begin at around 10.15 with round 30 scheduled to start at 16.10.