British Formula Three Championship National Class runner Menasheh Idafar ended the opening sessions of the series' visit to Spa on top of the two-way battle for the class.

The 19-year-old's first running at the legendary 4.35 mile track took place in wet conditions, the weather severely limiting the speeds on offer, Idafar's best lap a 2:41.467, two seconds ahead of class rival James Cole, who leads Idafar by only five points in the points race.

However, the weather improved and the track dried out, times tumbling and Idafar knocking some 15 seconds from his time to table a 2:25.950 while Cole languished in the pits with a driveshaft problem.

“It's been a good day really, the weather was pretty crazy but it did dry out towards the end of the afternoon session so we had a run on slick tyres as well as wets,” said the British born-Bahraini, “It's been a great experience so far, Spa is an amazing track – it's unreal!”

The British Formula Three Championship is at Spa supporting the Spa 24 Hours and the FIA GT1 World Championship at the famous Belgian track.