Riki Christodoulou heads for the final two races at Brands Hatch next weekend (20 Sep) in his maiden Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series season after suffering mixed fortunes in the latest races at the Autodrómo Internacional do Algarve today (13 Sep).

Having qualified 10th and seventh for the two races around the new 2.92 mile, 18-corner Portuguese track, “Christo” posted seventh place on the road in race one – just 6.613secs behind the race winner – before unluckily being punted out of the second race.

Riki, aged 21, commented: “I enjoyed a really good dice with Max Chilton in race one. I was getting faster as the race progressed and actually got past him but I ran wide and he got me again. The race was cut short by a couple of laps due to Safety Car periods which was a shame because I felt I could have battled past him again.

“In any case I was the fifth-highest British championship contender which moved me up one place to fifth in the standings and I looked forward to the second race believing a top-three result was definitely on the cards. But the race only lasted two corners after I was hit up the rear causing instant retirement – very frustrating as it also meant I slipped back to sixth in the championship.”

The final two rounds of the 20-race series are staged at Brands Hatch on 20 September. Riki concluded: “I must put this bad luck behind me and focus on Brands. I qualified on the front row of the grid and finished third at Brands for my last Formula Renault race 12 months ago so I’ll be aiming to repeat that kind of form.”