Cooper Tyres British Formula 3 International Series newcomer Menasheh Idafar has carried on his Snetterton testing form by topping the National Class timings again during the 2 day test at Rockingham, Northamptonshire.

The opening day of the test, held on Monday, 1st March saw Idafar end the day as the fastest National runner, as he posted a best time of 1m 12.560 round the 1.94 mile International Super Sports Car Circuit. Idafar's nearest rival in the National class was the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific Champion Ryo Haryanto, who was 0.232seconds behind Idafar.

Idafar's best time in the combined classifications saw him 14th overall, but within 1.3 seconds of the days pace setter, another Formula 3 debutant, Fortec's Oliver Webb.

In the opening session of the day, Idafar had his first experience of Rockingham in a Formula 3 car and set his fastest time of 1:12.810s, at an average speed of 95.92mph, which was bettered by three tenths of a second during the afternoon session.

Idafar said this about the first days testing: “I'm happy with the start we made today, it's been another positive test and I'm obviously really pleased to be the fastest National Class driver again.”

“We need to keep working hard, and I need to find more time during tomorrow's test, but we didn't use brand new tyres today so I'm happy with my times. It's been a good start for my first time at Rockingham in an F3 car.”

The second days testing, again at Rockingham yesterday saw Idafar finish just short of being in the overall top 10 for the combined times, after setting some blistering times and showing himself as the fastest National Class runner in the tests thus far.

After learning the Rockingham track yesterday, Idafar bettered his fastest time from test day one by seven tenths of a second and set his best lap of 1m11.844 seconds, an average speed of 97.20mph.

The morning sessions time was good enough for 11th overall in the combined times, as Idafar and the team focused on race runs during the afternoon, and set a highly competitive eighth fastest time in the afternoon session. The team plans were hindered somewhat by a number of red flag interruptions during the session. As was the case in the days opening session, Idafar ended this session seven tenths of a second faster than his nearest National Class rival, T-Sport team mate James Cole.

Speaking after the end of the second day of testing, Idafar commented on the day: “I'm happy with the start we made today, it's been another positive test and I'm obviously really pleased to be the fastest National Class driver again.”

“We need to keep working hard, and I need to find more time during tomorrow's test, but we didn't use brand new tyres today so I'm happy with my times. It's been a good start for my first time at Rockingham in an F3 car.”

Idafar will look to build on his impressive pre season form when the Championship heads to Oulton Park for the next test session, on the 10th March. Oulton Park will see the opening 3 rounds of the 2010 Cooper Tyres British Formula 3 International Series occur on the 3rd and 5th April, Easter weekend.