pace points to strong Sunday for team BRM.
WAKEFIELD PARK, GOLUBURN (Saturday, 26th February, 2005.) Tough
traffic conditions may have made todays sessions difficult,
but Team BRM still showed that they will continue to be a force
to be reckoned with in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship
at Wakefield today, after all four of the teams cars qualified
strongly for the opening round of the 2005 series.
although the team didnt score a front row start for either
race, strong positions towards the front of one of the most competitive
Australian Formula 3 fields assembled have put the team in good
stead to perform well in both of tomorrows 20 lap races.
performances from Michael Trimble - competing in his first ever
Formula 3 race meeting after a limited test program during the off
season - were a highlight of the teams day today, The young
Melbournian carrying on his practice and testing form into the heart
of the race meeting. Trimble finished his first F3 qualifying day
with a pair of third positions, the Teams new F304 Dallara
well on the pace of the leaders despite a lack of testing before
pretty happy, to be honest, said Trimble at the conclusion
of the second session today. its good to be on the pace of
the top guys considering we havent done much testing before
in both sessions is good, and I am confident that the car can at
lest hold on to third in the races tomorrow, but we will be trying
hard to move up the order and see who can hold on to the pace the
longest at the front of the field.
Australian Tim Slade had a mixed day, running in to traffic during
both sessions today. A strong 4th for race one less than
four tenths off pole was a highlight for the 18-year-old,
following up with a 6th in race two, still less than eight tents
off the outright pace.
was happy to be at the right end of the field, because there are
two, 20 lap races tomorrow that will give us a chance to move our
way forward, explained the South Australian. Im
very confident that we can run with the leaders tomorrow. We struggled
to great a clear lap in the second session, as I got caught up in
traffic, hence the position we finished in.
2004 Trophy class champion Nic Jordan had a difficult day, but continued
to show his outright pace and potential to run t the front of the
field in the outright class he is running in this season. Jordan
will start 7th and 8th respectively in tomorrows two races
the closeness of the field shown by the fact that the 16-year-old
kiwi was less than a second off the pace in each second.
didnt go according to plan, Jordan said. But there
is always tomorrow, when we will be giving it all to get up in the
field and race at the front.
BRMs Australian Formula 3 Trophy Class competitor Marc Williams
will start from second in class for both races tomorrow, after enduring
an eventful day at the 2.2km Wakefield circuit. An off track excursion
in the opening session saw Williams launch his Dallara F398 off
a kerb, whilst traffic, as was the problem for so many other competitors,
didnt allow the youngster to get a clear lap in during the
second of the two-20 minute sessions.
car is still awesome, but Im a bit annoyed at how the first
session panned out, Mused the young Kiwi. I was looking
to find a second today and I know its there - I just need to find
a racing driver Im always looking to go faster, and Im
confident that I can keep attacking and get some more laps and keep
getting better and find some more pace.
opening round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship
will be a contested over two 20 lap races tomorrow.
TIMES - ROUND 1, WAKEFIELD PARK, NSW
Trimble (Dallara F304 Speiss Opel)
Qualifying 1: 3rd 55:0421s
Qualifying 2: 3rd 55:6029s
Slade (Gawler Farm Machinery / TSRWine.com Dallara F301 Speiss Opel)
Qualifying 1: 4th 55.0620s
Qualifying 2: 6th 55.8439s
Jordan (AMS Group Dallara F301 Speiss Opel)
Qualifying 1: 7th 55.6156s
Qualifying 2: 8th 56.2065s
Williams (Mobil 1 Dallara F398 Speiss Opel)
Qualifying 1: 11th 58.0987s
Qualifying 2: 11th 58.9387s