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AUSF3: Gilmore Racing 2006 season preview

GILMOUR RACING LAUNCHES 2006 FORMULA 3 TITLE ASSAULT Gilmour Racing, with driver Chris Gilmour, are set to make their strongest attack yet on the 2006 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star. The Queensland ...

GILMOUR RACING LAUNCHES 2006 FORMULA 3 TITLE ASSAULT

Gilmour Racing, with driver Chris Gilmour, are set to make their strongest attack yet on the 2006 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.

The Queensland family-run operation has the equipment and know-how to win the title for Chris Gilmour, 23, after coming so close in the past.

During the off-season Gilmour Racing sold their old Dallara F301, and purchased a new Dallara F304 chassis from the F3 Euro Series championship winning Prema Powerteam in Italy -- for whom Australian Ryan Briscoe won in 2003.

The car is thought to be the final 2002-2004 generation Dallara, and only has eight race meetings under its belt in Europe.

Therefore the car is in perfect condition to contend for the Australian Formula 3 title.

The only snag in Gilmour Racing's 2006 preparation is that the car is not ready to race yet, after only docking in Brisbane on February 25, and will not be released by customs before February 28 -- a day before the team leaves for the first round of the championship.

Despite not having their new car to use -- and their old one sold, the good news is that Gilmour Racing will still leave for Wakefield Park--

Once again Bevan Carrick and Cooltemp Racing has stepped up to the plate, as they did at the A1 Grand Prix of Nations round last season, and Cooltemp Racing is letting Chris Gilmour drive their own Dallara F304.

For this help Errol Gilmour, Team Manager, was highly applicative of Cooltemp Racing's help.

"Obviously one day wouldn't be enough time to prepare the car properly -- assuming the car is released when expected," Gilmour said.

"So we are again extremely grateful to Bevan Carrick to help us out again, otherwise we'd be on the grid with a driver, but no car!" he exclaimed.

As fate would have it, the Cooltemp Racing Dallara that Chris Gilmour will campaign at Wakefield Park is the sister car to Gilmour Racing's new car from Prema Powerteam.

After the first round of the championship, the team will have a month to prepare the new car for the second round at Simmons Plains in Tasmania.

The team will miss the non-championship round at the Australian Grand Prix prior to the second round, as it would be too much of a strain on the team's resources to run two meetings in successive weeks.

"We are concentrating on the championship this year," Errol Gilmour said.

"It would be great to run at the Grand Prix, but if anything goes wrong - like it did last year, we wouldn't be able to make it to Tasmania," he said.

Chris Gilmour also has his sights set on the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship and the CAMS Gold Star.

" I have the equipment under me, my fitness is great, and my mind is on one thing for this year - and that's to take out the championship," Chris Gilmour said

"My aim is obviously to win, but I would also like some lap records, and it would be great to win more races than Caratti did last year," he said.

"I think he won eight races, and I won five in 2004, so I would definitely like to beat that."

Apart from having the best outlook to racing since he joined the category, Chris Gilmour has one more reason to smile in 2006.

"I have added one person - not on to the team, but to our family," gleamed Gilmour.

"My long time girlfriend, Rachel, is now my fiancee, and she, like always, will be cheering for me from the sidelines," he said.

Without backing Gilmour Racing would be unable to compete, and for this Gilmour Racing would like to thank the following supporters:

Identity Plus, Cooltemp Transport Refrigeration, PM Lubricants, Revolution Racegear, Campac, Gary Sturdy Motorsport, Racing Press Media and CP Ships.

The 2006 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will commence at Wakefield Park, March 3-5.

-www.gilmourracing.com.

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