T-Sport’s Menasheh Idafar can’t wait for the 2011 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series to get underway at Monza in Italy next weekend, 16th/17th April, after concluding the final official test of the pre-season at Snetterton 300 Circuit in a positive frame of mind.
Following a two week sojourn since the previous test outing at Oulton Park, the British F3 runners returned to action this week at the newly configured 2.97-mile Norfolk track where preparations for the first three races of the season got well underway.
During the morning session on Tuesday, 5th April, Menasheh produced a good performance in wet conditions and ran well inside the top 10. As the track dried during the afternoon he rounded off the opening day with a best time of 1m41.622 seconds (105.17mph).
Picking up his pace this morning, Wednesday, 6th April, the 20-year-old produced a quickest lap of 1m40.700 seconds (106.13mph) to place him only half a second shy of the top six and this ended up being his best effort of the day. Notably, this time was done on old rubber – a minor excursion on his new tyre run prevented further improvement.
“We made good progress with the car this morning”, said Menasheh, “I’m quite happy with the pace today as my best lap was on old tyres – unfortunately I went off on my new tyre run so we couldn’t improve more. I really do like the new circuit, it’s nice and I think it should be much better for the racing when we’re back there in May. There should be some good chances for overtaking.”
With official testing now completed, Menasheh is looking forward to the long-awaited start of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series with the first three rounds of the season set to take place at the home of the Italian Grand Prix, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, next weekend.
Following a one hour free practice session on Saturday, 16th April, qualifying will get underway at 12.50 (local time) with the first race of the year scheduled to begin at 16.40. Rounds two and three will follow on Sunday, 17th April, at 09.00 and 12.15.
“I really can’t wait for Monza”, added the reigning National Class Champion, “It’s an amazing circuit with loads of history. It’s going to be a lot of fun racing there for the first time, hopefully we can make a good start to the season but we know it’s going to be a really big challenge.”