British-born Bahraini Menasheh Idafar heads into rounds eight and nine of the Formula Renault BARC season at Snetterton Circuit tomorrow, Saturday, 9th August, in confident mood after a very competitive run during unofficially timed testing this afternoon.
Taking part in three 30-minute sessions set aside for the championship competitors, the 17-year-old Hillspeed racer produced a best lap time of 1m 08.2 seconds which placed him two or three 10ths of a second ahead of almost all of his rivals.
One driver did produce a quicker time but the common thought around the paddock – especially taking into account the straight-line speed difference – is the car in question wasn’t using the official Formula Renault BARC specification. Of course, these settings must be in place during qualifying and both races at the Norfolk venue tomorrow.
Menasheh concluded today’s running rightly confident his own pace will enable him to qualify high up the order during Saturday’s sole 20-minute session and will also offer the opportunity to challenge for two strong finishes during both Snetterton encounters.
Speaking after the test, the Gulf Computer Services, Gulfol and Ortolan backed driver said: “It’s been a very good day for us, we had good speed and I’m happy with the lap times we achieved compared to our main championship rivals. It’ll be busy tomorrow with qualifying and two races but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Hillspeed’s driver coach, British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star Matt Shawyer added: “Menasheh did a good job today, his best lap was about two or three 10ths of a second faster than most people so we’re happy we’re in good shape for tomorrow. We’re not sure what the weather will do but, whatever happens, we’re feeling positive.”
Rounds eight and nine of the 2008 Formula Renault BARC Championship will take place tomorrow, Saturday, 9th August, at Snetterton Circuit. The grid for both races will be determined by just one 20-minute qualifying session which will start at 09.25. Round eight will follow at around 12.00 with round nine set to begin at 15.30.