Cristiano Morgado and Fluid Motorsport Developments continued their terrific form in the British Formula 3 International Series last weekend at Mugello in Italy.

The rapid partnership claimed another win in the Lola-Dome chassis to make it three wins from three events and ensured that they are thee combination to beat as the 2006 season draws to an end.

Race 2 at Mugello saw Morgado completely dominate the National Class proceedings. Morgado’s pace was such, that in tricky conditions he completely out-performed his opponents. Taking a clear pole position by just under two seconds, Morgado made an impeccable start on the wet track and drove a controlled but aggressive race to lead home the next National Class car by almost three seconds.

His race included battles with Championship class cars, such as Alberto Valerio and Stuart Hall. Not only did the Lola-Dome racer take the top step of the podium in the National class but he also finished 11th overall, his best result so far this season.

“I was very cautious at the start, got up behind Valerio and I just followed him around, pushing the pace,” said Morgado from the podium. “Then Hall came up to me a bit later and after he got past I just was able to cruise home.”

Earlier in the weekend Cristiano had qualified alongside class champion Rodolfo Gonzalez for the first of the 16 lappers around the scenic Tuscan track. However, a coming together by a group of Championship Class cars at the start of the race forced the newly liveried Lola-Dome off the track and the team were forced to change the South African’s nosecone. This meant that Morgado had to make do with 4th place in class this time.

Overall though, it was another successful weekend for the Fluid team, whose reputation for preparing fast and reliable cars is growing race by race.

“It is proving to be a great end to the season for us,” said team boss Lindsay Allen. “Cristiano has scored 2 wins in 4 races and if luck would have been n his side it probably should have been more. He is showing now that he can beat Gonzalez fair and square and has the potential to be a major Championship Class player next season.”

The penultimate rounds of the Lloyds TSB British F3 International Series take place at Silverstone this weekend.

For further information on the Lola B06/30 please contact Ralph Firman on rfirman@lolacars.com
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Morgado's Fluid Motorsport finished fourth in Race 1.
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Cristiano Morgado's Lola-Dome and the Italian scenery.
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Conditions were appalling in Race 2.
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Morgado is congratulated at the end of the race.
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Cristiano Morgado on the National podium.
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