Great progress for Richard at Rounds 6 – 7

18 Jul

It was a weekend of near-misses for Richard Bradley of  Team TOM’S as he almost finished third place in both races of Rounds 6 and 7 of the Japanese Formula 3 championship held at Fuji Speedway.

Qualifying was a pity as Richard probably went out too early and the track got faster as the session wore on, with later  timings getting faster. Richard eventually qualified in fifth and fourth for the two races respectively.

In Race One on Saturday, the gearbox return spring on Richard’s car unfortunately broke on the out lap. Not able to fix it on the grid, Richard had to go on with the race plagued by gear selection issues.

Expecting the problem to cause a huge disadvantage to his race, Richard instead surprised the team with his performance as he coped with the problem very well.

Finishing in fourth place, Richard was consistently one of the quickest cars of the race. At one point he was up to third place but his gears got stuck in fourth and he lost the place.

Back into Race Two on Sunday, Richard and the team were confident of a good result. Indeed, Richard had a fantastic start and overtook his team-mate for third place. Then a huge incident occurred on the track and another driver crashed into Richard, bringing a premature end to his race.

Nonetheless, Richard was fast all weekend, making great progress and keeping the general mood positive even after the race. Pleased with his progress, the team is now focused on the next race.

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