year old Gold Coast resident Marcos Marshall proved there is no
place like home as he took a second consecutive race win in the
eighth and final Australian Formula 3 round for 2004, on the concrete
lined streets of Surfers Paradise today.
19 year old West Australian born Karl Reindler inched closer again
to the 2004 Australian Formula 3 championship, finishing a solid
third outright and extending his series points lead to five markers
over year long sparring partner Chris Gilmour.
Reindler, it was a day of consolidation, having re gained the championship
lead in Thursdays 12 lap race. The man who dominated the Eastern
Creek and Wakefield Park rounds of the championship on outright
pace, today showed a high level of maturity and thoughtful driving
to assure himself of an extended points margin after the race.
had to push a bit harder in the early stages of todays race,
Said Reindler at the conclusion of the 10 lap affair. But
I was still driving well within myself and making sure that I did
what I needed to do for the championship.
Marshall, driving after a late call up to the second team BRM Dallara
F301 just days before the Surfers event, lead from the outset and
took a race win by under a second - although never really under
any immediate threat during the race.
did what we needed to do today, explained Marcus after the
race. I didnt need to push hard for a majority of the
race so we could save our tyres for Sundays final race.
Trophy Class sensation Nic Jordan today was unfortunately forced
to endure his first ever Formula 3 DNF, after his Coopers Pale Ale
Racing Dallara continued to suffer from the effects of being waterlogged
in the downpour before F3 Qualifying on Thursday.
making a strong start from his rear of field grid position, the
car began to slow some five laps into the race, before the 16-year-old
Kiwi parked it in pit lane sure to problems with a faulty spark
plug, which had been affected by the water in the engine. The plug
was replaced meaning Jordan has the full opportunity to excel in
the final race of the session Sunday Morning.
Nic continued to suffer from our water drenching yesterday,
said Team BRM owner Bronte Rundle after the race. At the end
of the day, after the incredible season Nic has had, this meeting
was always going to be a learning experience to get laps in the
car around this demanding circuit he said.
was positive about the other cars performance, though. Marcus
proved once again that his British F3 experience is showing though
here this weekend. He was able to control the race from the outset,
and have another great result in front of all his supporters.
again drove an extremely professional race, and achieved his aim
of making sure he finished in front of his championship opposition.
will be going all out to defend his slender five-point margin as
the series concludes in an 8-lap sprint first thing Sunday Morning,
in a race that will definitely decide the 2004 Australian Formula
3 championship. Reindler need only finish one position in front
of his rival to snare the title.