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Menasheh Idafar Leads National Class in Silverstone Testing

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Menasheh Idafar's weekend at Silverstone got off to the perfect start, the T-Sport pilot topping the testing sessions in the build up to the three British Formula Three races at Silverstone this weekend (14-15 August).

The two sessions saw wet and dry running around the 3.2 'Bridge' layout at the Northamptonshire venue, with Idafar one of only five drivers to improve his time in the second or the hour long sessions, which was interrupted both by rain and by red flags.

“Overall we've had a good day,” he said The first session was dry throughout but then the rain came part way through session two. We were able to go quicker before the track got wet so I'm happy with that. We ran on wet-weather tyres near the end but it was a really old set so we didn't really push for any times.”

His best time of 1:41.865 (an improvement on his first session effort of 1:42.313) was good enough to give him the 13th fastest overall time, four-tenths of a second faster than National Class rival James Cole and comfortable clear of new addition Juan Carlos Sistos.

Idafar trails Cole by ten points in the class standings with nine round of the 30-race season remaining.

Qualifying for the British Formula Three field is scheduled for Saturday, followed by the first of the weekend's races. Rounds 23 and 24 of the season will take place on Sunday.

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