Gonzalez on brink of glory
Rodolfo Gonzalez is on the brink of winning the British Formula Three National Class championship after earning the 13th victory of his debut season.
Rodolfo Gonzalez is on the brink of winning the British Formula Three National Class championship after earning the 13th victory of his debut season. The 20-year-old from Attleborough also claimed a second place in Mugello, Italy. It is now mathematically possible for the Venezuelan to win the title at Silverstone this weekend, as he needs just 11 points more than his major rival Cristiano Morgado to clinch the crown. Gonzalez said after his Mugello drives: “In race one I managed to make six places on the start, and quickly positioned myself eighth behind Bruno Senna. Later on I managed to overtake him on the outside of turn one and I was still also leading the National Class. Conway and Walker came past me leaving me to settle for ninth overall and the class win.
“The second race start was good, but I could not see anything in the spray. braked early and people came past me. I had to catch them up to try to overtake them, eventually finishing second in class. So overall, mathematically it was good weekend, but I wasn't satisfied with our pace”
Victory in the latest Formula Renault Club Championship race, at Thruxton, has meanwhile given Jordan Oakes a chance to take the title at Brands Hatch this weekend.
Only 15 points separate the Hopton racer from Richard Singleton - and with 34 points on offer in the two races at the Kent circuit, a nail-biting finale is in prospect.
Father and son Glenn and Daniel Eagling teamed up to contest the recent twin Belgium Supercar races at Silverstone
“The car has been sitting in the workshop since the end of 2003, when Daniel last drove it in the British GT Championship,” explained Glenn.
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“We have done quite a bit of updating on the Marcos and wanted to give it a run to generate interest in the car, as we want to sell it.”
The Dereham pair werej ust behind the top five when boiling brake fluid forced Daniel into a gravel trap in the opening race, while they finished fifth in category and ninth overall in race two.
Daniel's frustration continued in the Classic Clubmans race at Mallory Park, in a one-off race in the Diamond prepared by the family-owned GEM team.
“The diff broke in qualifying, leaving me fifth on the grid,” he said. “A demon opening lap saw me right on the leader's tail, but then a driveshaft broke. That was a definite victory which got away.”
Having taken another comfortable class win in the latest National Asphalt Rally, the Norfolk crew of Martin Newson and Peter Morris look assured to retain their category crown in their Plandescil Consulting Engineers-supported MG ZR.
Ian Brown of Foulsham and navigator Craig Burgess finished 16 seconds behind the Newson/Morris crew in 61st position.