02/08/06 - SPA F3: LOLA PODIUMS
Fluid Motorsport continued their ultra consistent season with a pair of fine runners-up positions in the latest rounds of the British Formula Three International Series at Spa in Belgium over the weekend.

South African racer, Cristiano Morgado, once again came within a few seconds of winning the first of the two races, held in typically erratic Ardennes weather.

After just missing out on a National class pole position, Morgado chose to stay on slick tyres as rain fell on some sections of the 4.3 mile Belgian Grand Prix circuit. As many of the other runners came in for grooved rubber, the Fluid team made a bold decision to start the race on slicks.

It almost paid off for the Sudbury based team, as Morgado instantly opened up a healthy 40 second lead over his title rival, Rodolfo Gonzalez. However, with the rain get increasingly worse and making the majority of the track wet, Cristiano was forced to conceded the lead on the very last lap of the race.

A solid second place in race two saw Morgado consolidate his 2nd place in the National Class standings and now trails Gonzalez by 42 points with ten races remaining.

The sister Lola-Dome chassis driven by Martin Kudzak claimed a pair of 4th places at Spa. The young Swede has recently returned to the series after a serious accident threatened to curtail his 2006 programme.

However, the 16 year old has proven to be a tenacious competitor and has closed in to within 12 points of 4th placed Rodolfo Avila.

Team principal Lindsay Allen was satisfied with the performances at the weekend and believes that his drivers are closing in on that elusive first 2006 victory:

“Both drivers did a very competent job at spa which is a very difficult circuit to learn if you have not been their before,” said Allen. “It will all come together very soon and more and more people are now talking about both our drivers in glowing terms which is nice.”

Also in action at Spa was Alex Khateeb driving for Promatecme UK in one of last years Lola B05/30 chassis. The Lebanese driver retired from the first race after running as high as 3rd overall in the ever changing conditions. He also retired from the second race after an off-track excursion. Khateeb continues his Championship class graduation at the Ultimate Masters race in Holland this weekend.

Fluid Motorsport Developments entered Formula Three in 2005 and made an instant impact with Ben Clucas taking a class victory in the teams second ever event at Monza in Italy.

The F3 team will next be in action at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on August 12/13.

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Fluid Motorsport took two second places at the weekend.
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Cristiano Morgado (on the left) celebrates on the National podium after Race 1.
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Cristiano Morgano in action in Race 2 with the Fluid Motorsport Lola_Dome.
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Sweden's Martin Kudzak finished 4th in both races in his Lola-Dome.
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Cristiano Morgano on the podium again after Race 2.
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