Rodolfo AvilaMacanese promising racing driver Rodolfo Avila was full of hopes for this weekend British F3 meeting at Brands Hatch but Kent’s circuit was one of the toughest rounds this season for him. Although the Two heavy crashes on Westfield Bend shattered a possible first-class weekend result. Beside the unfortunate round Rodolfo Avila held National Class fourth position and expanded his advantage for the fifth after scoring a fourth and a fifth position in yesterday races.

Qualifying for the young Macanese was hampered by a massive crash in Westfield Bend on his 1st Qualifying session. In three hours the Performance Racing mechanics did a colossal effort to recuperate the almost ruined Dallara F304-Mugen Honda and Avila could register a time on the 2nd Qualifying session. “My team did an excellent job to recover the car just in time. Unfortunately I hadn’t many chances to make a proper qualifying time and with many red flags in the second qualifying I struggled to get my pace up. I lost precious track time because of the accident”, commented Avila. He would start from the end of the grid in the both races.

Life is not easy when you start from the back of the grid and it is too difficult to pass around the Brands Hatch GP circuit but Macau SAR motorsport ambassador wanted to show that he can do it. In Race 1, Avila pulled off a spectacular move at the start to vault to fourth National Class position. Then he attacked the third position but “in the middle of the race I felt my car was loosing grip so I did my best to keep my fourth position and it wasn’t an undemanding mission”.

In Race 2 Avila’s car was fitted with three old tyres (as three new tyres were destroyed on the 1st Qualifying accident) and Avila couldn’t get his opponents pace. In the end #38 entry would finish the race on the Westfield Bend barriers. “After the Safety-Car period I did a really good restart and was pushing to get closer to the other competitors. On the exit of Westfield corner I run a bit wide and went on the kerb when my car bottomed out and just drove straight into the tire wall”, explained the driver sponsored by Macau Government, Rio Casino, Hotel Fortuna,, BNU, Gain Well Group, Tong-Lei, CESL-Asia, Profabril – Asia Consult, RP MACAU, CTM, Tsingtao Beer, Fat Siu Lau, PT Asia and Sujika Crafts.

Avila’s European adventure continues on the 16th/17th September, in the third-final outing of the 2006 series. The Macanese racing prospect will travel to Mugello in Italy for rounds 15 and 16.