TWO WINS AND TWO SECONDS FOR HOLLINGS AT THE MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX Lewis Hamilton wasn't the only Brit to triumph at the Melbourne Grand Prix this week. Yorkshireman Charlie Hollings drove to victory in the fourth and final Formula 3 race at...
TWO WINS AND TWO SECONDS FOR HOLLINGS AT THE MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX
Lewis Hamilton wasn't the only Brit to triumph at the Melbourne Grand Prix this week. Yorkshireman Charlie Hollings drove to victory in the fourth and final Formula 3 race at Albert Park on Sunday, in front of the sell-out crowd, to secure two wins and two seconds over the four day event -- firmly positioning him as the man to watch for the rest of the season.
With a British Bulldog transforming his Astuti Motorsport Dallara, Charlie had lined up on the grid for his first race on Thursday in third place after a very close qualifying session. The 24 year old driver then fought his way to the front in a nail-biting race to take the opening Formula 3 round of this year's Grand Prix.
A second place followed on Friday after local driver Tim Macrow passed Charlie to take the second Formula 3 race of the event -- setting the tone for the rest of the weekend as Tim and Charlie continued to battle for the top podium places.
Charlie led for six of the eight laps in the third race but Macrow took the lead after getting a run on him in the penultimate lap.
The fourth race brought drama as Macrow crossed the line in first place but retrospectively received a 1.5 second penalty which relegated him into second place. Following an appeal from Astuti Motorsport, a stewards' panel overturned the provisional race results and penalised Macrow for overtaking Charlie when the yellow flag was being waived while a car was being lifted out of the gravel.
Charlie was thrilled with his results from Melbourne, "I have had a fantastic time and have loved the whole event -- the atmosphere, the town, the weather and the racing! This was the first time I have raced at a Grand Prix and to take two wins and two seconds is brilliant -- for me and the team. Our aim was to win on Sunday and that is exactly what we did. I was a bit disappointed that the stewards didn't make their decision until after the race, as Tim passed me while I was braking for the flag, but it was still great to be on the podium in front of a Grand Prix crowd."
"As I signed up to Astuti just before the season started I haven't had much time testing so these four races have really helped me to get to know the car and the team much better. Everyone at Astuti has been very supportive and I can't thank them enough."
Charlie and the other Kumho Tyres Formula 3 drivers now head for Sydney where the next round of the championship will be take place at the Oran Park Raceway on 21-22 April 2007.