Rodolfo AvilaAt the second round of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British Formula 3 Championship round at Donington Park young Macanese Rodolfo Avila made history when he astutely conquered “Pole-Position” in National Class – the first time ever for an Asian racing driver. In the rainy second British season’s weekend Avila secured a double 4th on National Class and moved up to 4th on the class championship.

In Qualifying one Rodolfo Avila was incredibly the fastest National Class driver and in Qualifying two he secured the 3rd position in the grid. “The Pole was fantastic for me and for all my team crew. I believe It was possible to do better in the second qualifying but the tyres were destroyed very soon and hadn’t many clean laps to get a proper time. Anyway I am extremely happy with my achievement”.

With the meeting affected by changeable weather, and often extremely wet, the two rounds took place in very alike conditions. In race one, Avila had a difficult start, especially after being almost hit by Keiko Ihara at the start which left him in the end of the field. “Race didn’t go very well at all. Conditions were really bad as for all of us but I don’t feel comfortable in wet yet. I did a bad start and couldn’t lap on my opponent’s times“, he held.

The rain was present during the whole weekend at Donington Park and was still there at the start of the second race. Unfortunately, Avila made a mistake on a Safety Car lap and ran up the rear of his Performance Racing team-mate, Finnish driver Juho Annala. The result was a dreadfully mangled front wing for himself. The Macanese driver was utterly mortified afterwards, despite having been able to return to the battle. He finished 4th, although this was a disappointment to ex-Asia Formula Renault 2.0. Champion, who was clearly quicker than the result suggested. Avila was naturally despondent after his frustrating Sunday, but remains confident that he has the ability to succeed once his luck changes. “I’m a little bit disappointed. It was a mistake. I’m sorry Juho! I didn’t get a good start again but I could recover some positions after two/three laps. When the track was getting dry and I was lapping quite fastly the Safety car entered and then the accident happened. I hope the season’s start bad luck leave me alone now”, said the driver sponsored by Macau Government, Rio Casino, Hotel Fortuna,, BNU, Gain Well Group, Tong-Lei, CESL-Asia, PAL – Asia Consult, RP MACAU, CTM, Tsingtao Beer, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, PT Asia and Sujika Crafts.

After another arduous race weekend Avila now hold fourth position in the National Class championship.

The Macau driver’s next outing will be the French double-header rounds in Pau’s street circuit on June 3-6, an event very similar to Macau Grand Prix.