KUMHO TYRES AUSTRALIAN F3 CHAMPION JAMES WINSLOW TO RACE MACAU GRAND PRIX 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Champion James Winslow will contest the 55th running of the Macau Grand Prix in two weeks time. Fresh from a final-race win at the...
KUMHO TYRES AUSTRALIAN F3 CHAMPION JAMES WINSLOW TO RACE MACAU GRAND PRIX
2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Champion James Winslow will contest the 55th running of the Macau Grand Prix in two weeks time.
Fresh from a final-race win at the Nikon Indy 300 F3 Challenge, Winslow will team up with Italian outfit Ombra Racing in a Dallara F308 Mugen Honda for the unofficial ‘world cup' event of Formula 3. It will be Winslow's second start at Macau following his debut at the event as the Asian F3 champion in 2006.
Winslow finished 11th that year in a field that included current Formula 1 stars Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil and Kazuki Nakajima.
Now teamed with the strong Ombra team - the only operation to run ‘works' Mugen Honda engines at this years race - Winslow will be faced with one of the most competitive F3 fields ever gathered.
British F3 champion Jamie Alguersuari will drive for Carlin Motorsport whilst Japanese title winner Carlo Van Dam will drive for the TOMS Toyota team. Amongst the 30-strong field are cars from teams including Raikkonen Robertson Racing, ART Grand Prix, Signature and Hitech.
None of this has fazed Winslow, however, the Brit looking to go out and represent the Australian tile on the international stage in the best possible way. Winslow won five races and clinched the Australian championship in the final round of the season this year.
"I'm very pleased to have been invited to compete at Macau - it's not an easy race to qualify for because all the leading drivers from every F3 championship around want to show who's the best in the world," Winslow said.
"I'm looking forward to getting there to show how good Australian F3 has become and putting in the best possible performance.
"It's been a great year for me, winning the series after plenty of problems off the track, so to finish my F3 career at a race like Macau will be the best way to go out."
Winslow said that his experience racing hand-to-hand with the likes of John Martin at the recent non-championship Australian event on the Gold Coast placed him in good stead for the challenges of Macau - arguably one of the toughest and most unforgiving street tracks in the world.
"I can't wait to tackle another street circuit," he said.
"Macau is probably one of the best - if not the best - street circuits in the world. Surfers (Paradise) is right up there though and I really enjoyed racing there. Hopefully it has got me match fit for the challenges Macau has to offer.
"It's going to be a big couple of months for me with the A1GP drive with Team GBR and then Macau but I can't wait."
Prior to his Macau adventure, Winslow will fly to Chengdu, China, to represent his nation in round two of the 2008 - 09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season.
He has again been selected as Team Great Britain's second driver for the teams first hit out of the new season after missing round one - and as such will provide a vital developmental role in the teams adaptation to the new Ferrari chassis and engine package.
Nikon Indy 300 F3 Challenge event winner John Martin will again represent A1 Team Australia.