British Formula 3 competitor Menasheh Idafar will start from National Class pole position for the first of this weekend’s three races – round 10 – at Hockenheim after an extremely tight qualifying session this afternoon, Friday, 28th May.
Visiting the home of the German Grand Prix for the first time in his short career, the 19-year-old was very evenly matched with National Class points leader James Cole throughout the half hour period and only missed out on pole position for round 12 by a mere 0.003 seconds. The grid for round 11, of course, will be set from the finishing order of Saturday morning’s opening race.
While his fastest lap of the run, 1m35.546 seconds (172.340 km/h), wasn’t quite enough to emerge quickest of all in the National Class during qualifying, Menasheh’s consistency was good and this was borne out when his second best time – 1m35.763 seconds – clinched the class pole for round 12.
Menasheh, who has four class victories to his credit so far during his rookie F3 campaign, worked hard with the T-Sport team throughout pre-event practice to learn the challenging track and ended qualifying reasonably satisfied with his performance.
“I’m fairly happy”, said the British-born Bahraini, “It was very close with James (Cole) so I’m sure all three races will be really exciting. During the first part of qualifying things felt good but after a red flag stoppage part way through, I made a few mistakes so couldn’t improve”.
With, literally, nothing to choose between the T-Sport team-mates so far this weekend, all three Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series races at Hockenheim should provide plenty of close action.
Round 10 is currently timetabled to begin at 13.25 (local time) tomorrow, Sunday, 29th May, with round 11 following at around 17.50. The 12th round of the season is then scheduled to get underway at 10.30 on Sunday, 30th May.
Live timing from Hockenheim can be followed at http://masters.wige-livetiming.de/index.php