September 14, 2001 - 25 year old Australian Formula 3 Championship driver representing Malta, Damien Digby, will compete in the penultimate round of the series this weekend at Melbourne's Sandown Raceway. Digby, who recently returned from a ...
September 14, 2001 - 25 year old Australian Formula 3 Championship driver representing Malta, Damien Digby, will compete in the penultimate round of the series this weekend at Melbourne's Sandown Raceway.
Digby, who recently returned from a promotional visit to Malta and a number of team meetings in the UK, will no sooner complete the two races at Sandown before heading off once again to the United Kingdom for further team and potential sponsor meetings to discuss his plans to compete in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2002.
The Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) / FIA has granted Digby an International Racing Licence, clearing the Maltese driver to compete in the Formula Asia races at the 2001 Macau Grand Prix, to be held this November. Digby remains in discussions with Formula Asia teams but his involvement in this prestigious event and the exciting opportunity to become Malta's first international circuit racing driver in the 2002 British Formula 3 Championship, depends on the outcome of his important meetings during the next two weeks in Europe.
Digby is looking forward to getting back into his Toyota powered Dallara F3 cockpit this weekend at a circuit which is one of his favourites.
"Sandown isn't that much of a technical circuit, it is very fast with its two long straights and there are lots of passing opportunities, especially if you get a good tow behind the car in front. I am hoping that the potential we have displayed all season can result in a strong finish in this race held at my Australian home city. It may very well be the last Australian F3 race that I compete in, should my Macau Grand Prix and British F3 Championship plans and Maltese sponsorship discussions prove to be successful," Digby said.
"Malta has lacked an international sporting presence for too long, I hope to change that very soon," He added.
There is no doubt that Damien Digby represents a fantastic international motorsport marketing opportunity for the Mediterranean nation of Malta both in broad signage coverage and in the personal endorsements that he can provide.
Digby's Australian racing season has and continues to be excellent preparation for what may lie ahead later this year and in 2002. Sandown this weekend could result in Digby's strongest Australian results to date, the driver having gained a great deal of experience on the fast Melbourne circuit in past seasons driving Formula Holden (F3000) cars.