ASTUTI MOTORSPORT SCORES DOUBLE CLASS PODIUM AT CLIPSAL 500 Melbourne's Astuti Motorsport has conquered the tough challenge of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide by twice putting driver Daniel Schulz on the podium in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3...
ASTUTI MOTORSPORT SCORES DOUBLE CLASS PODIUM AT CLIPSAL 500
Melbourne's Astuti Motorsport has conquered the tough challenge of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide by twice putting driver Daniel Schulz on the podium in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Opes Prime National Class.
In what will be his last outing for the team - at least in the short term - due to international work commitments, Schulz finished second in both races held on the Adelaide street circuit driving his #24 CMA Recycling / Shell Racing Solutions Astuti Motorsport Dallara F304 -- Renault.
On both occasions Schulz was little more than one second behind the class winner in a weekend that featured intensely close and aggressive racing.
Mirroring Schulz' strong run was #23 Astuti Motorsport driver Ray Chamberlain who scored his best ever outright and Class results yet, in Adelaide.
Ray finished 12th outright and 6th in the Championship Class in race two to record his best result in just his second-ever Formula 3 race meeting.
Schulz' performances were amongst his best ever in the series, bouncing back from some early brake pressure problems in practice and qualifying one to record the two strong finishes.
"I was very excited to race at the Clipsal 500," Schulz said. "It was a fantastic experience. We had a few setbacks in practice and qualifying but we bounced back from that and scored two second-place finishes which is a really positive result.
"It was a very memorable weekend."
"It's great to see Ray having a fantastic time -- and every time he gets in the car he goes quicker and quicker," Team owner Sam Astuti said.
"He is driving really well and doing what he set out to do -- which was collect a point or two in each race.
"Daniel did a great job all weekend despite the brake pressure problems he had in first qualifying, which reflects his results there. He kept the car off the walls, was as fast as everyone else in his class and was able to record two second place finishes which is an excellent result."
In the Australian GT Championship Astuti Motorsport's Aston Martin DBRS9 driven by John Kaias showed plenty of pace, however an unfortunate off at turn one broke a rear suspension lower control arm in the first race -- the part unable to be repaired to enable the car to compete safely for the remainder of the meeting.
Astuti Motorsport will next be in action at the Australian Grand Prix, for round three of the Australian GT Championship, between March 15 -- 18.