Flying start for Reindler in British F3
After announcing the signing with Alan Docking Racing to race the remainder of the 2005 British Formula Three Championship, Karl Reindler has endured a rigorous testing schedule, having completed four full test days at Pembrey and Snetterton.
His first round got under way at the historic Monza Circuit in Italy, on the 8th July. Having had no previous experience on the daunting circuit, Reindler came to grips with the track in the two practice sessions and having only a slight technical problem in the first session resulting in less laps being completed.
"I'm really enjoying the circuit, it's so unique. With the exception of the slight problem, it went really well today, and I felt comfortable in the car."
On Saturday morning for Qualifying One, the weather had turned, and was raining heavily. Appropriate changes were made for the wet, however, braking troubles affected the car, preventing Reindler from posting a quicker time. He ended up qualifying 18th.
By the time Qualifying Two arrived, the weather had cleared, and the session ran smoothly for Reindler and the Team. Reindler posted his fastest time on his final lap of the session, with a 1:49.394, placing him 18th out of 29 cars, with an average speed of 190.6km/h.
"I was a little bit disappointed with the first session, but I tried to get the most from the car still, and was satisfied with my position. As for the second session, I was quite happy; with a bit more confidence I can pick up a lot of time."
Race one proved to be an awakening for Reindler; the British F3 drivers being extremely aggressive and competitive. Despite this, he took it in his stride, and fought back to finish 10th outright, which provided a 7th place position in the Championship Class.
"I was quite surprised by the style of driving here, compared to Australia. All in all, I felt I had a great race, and was more than pleased with the result, I wasn't expecting a top ten finish in my first race!"
Race Two was no different, being just as tough as the previous. Again, Reindler made his way up through the field, having some close battles to contend with. The result was a 10th place in Championship Class, 11th outright.
"The whole weekend was a big challenge for me, but I learnt a lot, and made progress from each lap to the next. The car was excellent, and I really got to know the team over the three days. I didn't expect to get Championship points in both races, so that was a bonus for me!"
The next round of the British F3 Championship will be on the 13th-14th August at the Silverstone GP circuit. In the meantime Reindler will complete several test days in preparation for his next event.