T-Sport’s Menasheh Idafar made a great start to the penultimate race meeting of the 2010 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series during official testing at Snetterton in Norfolk today, Saturday, 28th August, by setting the National Class pace and lapping within the overall top 10.
With just nine points separating the 19-year-old and National Class leader James Cole heading into the 25th, 26th and 27th rounds of the championship, the Bank Holiday weekend action could be crucial and Menasheh has started off on the right footing by out-performing his chief rival.
During the opening 55-minute session this morning, the British-born Bahraini lapped with a best time of 1m01.639 seconds (114.00mph) which placed him six 10ths of a second ahead of Cole and within an impressive half a second of James Calado’s outright International Class pace.
Rain interfered with proceedings in the afternoon and so the vast majority of drivers were unable to improve their times. Menasheh posted a best of 1m02.242 seconds (112.89mph) to end the run 14th overall, still within a second of the International Class pace and 0.5 seconds ahead of Cole.
“This weekend’s races are going to be really important so it’s good we had a strong test today”, said Menasheh, “Our pace was good and everything went well. Snetterton is one of my favourite tracks so I’m hoping we can have a really strong weekend and take away plenty of points.”
Qualifying will get underway at 11.10 tomorrow, Sunday, 29th August, with the first of the weekend’s races – round 25 – following at 15.00. On Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, round 26 will begin at around 10.40 with round 27 commencing at approximately 14.30.