BRM confident of home ground advantage at Mallala.
ADELAIDE - Monday, April 11th, 2005 Home-ground advantage
is a term usually used in sports like the AFL, NRL or NBL, but rarely
is it terminology associated with motorsport.
whilst not playing as significant a part in the teams commercial
success as it is in the ball sports mentioned, having a home circuit
as an early round of a tough national championship can pay dividends
when it comes to the teams title aspirations which
is why Adelaide based team BRM is looking forward with great anticipation
to this coming weekends second round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres
Australian Formula 3 Championship at Mallala raceway, north of Adelaide.
team winners of the Australian Formula 3 title in 2002 and
2004 heads into their home round positioned strongly in the
championship and will be looking to use their extensive knowledge
of the 2.8km Mallala circuit to their advantage as much as possible
to give their drivers a leg up in the points standings.
Adelaidian Tim Slade (#8 TSRWine.com / Gawler Farm Machinery Dallara
F304 Speiss) heads back to Mallala this weekend after making his
spectacular debut at the circuit in September last year - where
he took a race win in the opening race of last years (Seventh)
round of the championship - showing fans and followers of Australian
motorsport that he is definitely a star of the future.
who is based in the picturesque McLaren vale wine region of South
Australia, will also debut a brand new car at Mallala, jumping into
a latest spec F304 Dallara direct from crack UK team Menu Motorsport
for the first time.
currently lies 4th in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship
points chase with 18 points after the opening round of the series
at Wakefield Park, Goulburn, in February.
Melbournian Michael Trimble (#20 Team BRM Dallara F304 Speiss) heads
to Mallala poised just off the championship lead after an excellent
opening round at Wakefield Park, where despite slightly struggling
for pace he took an excellent victory in the second race.
speed shown in testing, however, has proved that the committed Victorian
will be able take the fight right to the leaders at Mallala in what
is expected to be an intensely competitive battle at the front of
a former Australian Formula Ford Championship race winner, has been
one of the rookie revelations this season and goes into the second
round of the championship just a point behind Astuti competition
teammates Chris Alajajian and Aaron Caratti.
whilst Slade and Trimble are expected to battle at the front of
the outright field, team BRMs third driver Marc Williams (#3
Mobil 1 / Speed Sport NZ Dallara F398 Speiss) will be aiming to
continue to improve in the close battle for Trophy Class honours
after an up and down start to the season.
Williams just 16 years old was thrown in to the deep
end of Australian Formula 3 competition at Wakefield Park but was
still able to show glimpses of his potential during a tough weekend.
It was at the Grand Prix support races, though, that Williams shone
recovering from an off track adventure in the first race
to post excellent top ten finishes for the remainder of the weekend.
two of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be
contested at Mallala Raceway, 55km north of Adelaide, on April 16th
BRM DRIVERS VIEW Pre Mallala.
SLADE (#8 TSRWine.com / Gawler Farm Machinery Dallara F304 Speiss)
Currently 4th in the championship with 18pts
really looking forward to debuting the new car at Mallala this weekend.
If it was any other track, I would be a bit worried about running
a new car because we would struggle to develop a set-up and learn
the car, But because I know Mallala really well and how a car should
feel around there, it will save us a lot of time and gives me a
lot of confidence that we will be able to get the car on the pace
definitely going into the round looking for a boost in the championship.
We have started fairly well, but we need to take a step up this
weekend at our home round and get a stack of points for the championship.
TRIMBLE (#20 Team BRM Dallara F304 Speiss)
Currently 3rd in the championship with 32pts.
are looking forward to a good weekend at our home track. Its
been a steep learning curve getting used to driving these cars and
working out how they respond but now I think I know what to expect.
have done plenty of laps around Mallala and have got an excellent
set-up for the track, so Im really confident that we are going
to be right on the pace when we hit the circuit at the end of the
week. Were going into the weekend trying to make the most
of our home track advantage and try and come away from
the round with the championship points lead I wont be completely
satisfied unless we achieve that goal.
BRM FAST FACTS Mallala (Round 2 of 8)
YOUTH FACTOR - Team BRM heads into their home round with what is
one of the youngest combined driver line ups in Australian Motorsport
the average age of the three drivers competing at Mallala
being just 18 years old. When the age of the teams fourth
driver Nic Jordan (not competing at Mallala) is taken into effect,
the average age drops to just 17.5 years.
FOR BUCK - Tim Slade and Michael Trimble, despite their inexperience
in the category, both have excellent strike rates in Australian
Formula 3 competition. Tim Slade has already racked up one win,
a fourth and two fifth places in just four starts, whilst teammate
Trimble has an even better strike rate taking a win and a
third from his two starts to date.
BREAKER Expect times to tumble at Mallala this weekend, as
the ultra competitive Formula 3 field push themselves to the limits.
Lap records at Wakefield Park and the Grand Prix have already been
broken this season and team BRM engineers predict that given the
right conditions, the Mallala record could tumble as well. The current
Mallala F3 lap record was set last year by Team BRMs Karl
Reindler at a 1m04.7866.
AND A1! Drivers contesting the Kumho Tyres
Australian Formula 3 championship already have a significant prize
to aim for the Gold Star award for the Australian Drivers
Champion but an announcement made recently is set to make
the battle to the flag even more intense at Mallala: the winner
of this years title will receive a test drive in the Team
Australia Lola A1GP Car at the end of the season making the seasons
spoils even more lucrative.
BRM RACE DATES Mallala (Round 2 of 8)
Mallala Raceway, South Australia
Qualifying: Saturday April 16th
Races 1&2: Sunday, April 17th