WINS FORMULA 3 QUALIFYING BATTLE
Dec.9th, 2004: French driver Franck Perera will start
tomorrow's qualifying race for the Bahrain Formula 3 Superprix
from pole position. With a last-minute lap at the end a high-pressure
qualifying session, the Prema Powerteam man came out just
ahead of Jamie Green (ASM) and Fabio Carbone (Three Bond Racing).
was particularly difficult because rain interfered with the
meeting again this morning. Not only did that mean that the
30 minutes of the afternoon session were the only opportunity
to set fast times for the grid, but that everyone saw a dry
track for the first time in a do-or-die session.
session was cut short at either end by stoppages, and drivers
took the first half of the remaining minutes to evaluate a
dry setup before changing onto new tyres. That left just a
ten-minute window for the cream to rise to the top.
my first pole in Formula 3," said Perera. "So
I am pretty happy. The first half of the session was just
about getting the setup right because we had never seen the
track in the dry before. We made some changes, and when I
went out I found a clear track and I was able to get it all
together and do a good lap."
am very happy to be on the front row," added Green.
"It was all about adapting very quickly this afternoon
and it is a help to have such a good package from ASM."
near the front will be happy with that. There is a long way
to go in the meeting, as the result of tomorrow's qualification
radce will determine the grid for the afternoon's Superprix
itself. A reliable run in the morning is essential as a retirement
would mean starting the main race from the back.
All will be revealed tomorrow, and there is also a good supporting
cast to the main act. The MeCAR Series and Mini Cooper Challenge
will fill the support programme once again. Each single-make
series had a race today with Salman Bin Rashid Al Khalifa
taking the MeCAR event for the BIC/Visit Bahrain team. Fehad
Al Musalam triumphed in the Mini Cooper race.