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AUSF3: Mallaha race report

James Winslow leads Hollings, Trimble, Tander and more en route to his race one win at Mallala. The battle for the 51st Australian Drivers Championship has reached new levels of intensity following this weekend's fourth championship round, at ...

James Winslow leads Hollings, Trimble, Tander and more en route to his race one win at Mallala.

The battle for the 51st Australian Drivers Championship has reached new levels of intensity following this weekend's fourth championship round, at Mallala raceway in South Australia.

Two races today were won by James Winslow and Tim Macrow, respectively, however it wasn't quite that clear cut.

Winslow (Team Opes Prime Dallara F304 Mugen) won a drama-filled first 18-lap affair from sixth on the grid, taking a gamble on wet-weather tyres to carve his way through the field to assume the lead before the fifth lap.

However most of the drama occurred on the opening lap when Leanne Tander and Tim Macrow controversially came together at the turn seven hairpin.

Tander tried to outbreak the championship leader on the inside of the corner when the two cars contacted -- doing damage to the front wing of the Fleetcare TanderSport entry and leaving Macrow out of the race with front suspension damage.

Tander would later recover to finish a storming second however the stories varied following the clash.

"I would have won if Tim hadn't have punted me off on lap one," Tander said.

"I went into the corner leaving her room," retorted Macrow, "But she seemed hell-bent on having me off into the dirt. She then finished the job by hitting me again in the sandtrap."

On a drying circuit, Winslow won a thrilling affair by a small margin over Tander, with Stuart Kostera working his way to third place in the final corner after starting the race a lowly eighth.

"I was just hanging on and trying to get the best run out of the corners to pull away from the field as best I could because at the end I was struggling," Said the British winner -- his second for the season.

"I saw Leanne move to the inside (on the run to turn seven on the final lap) so I went to cover but she was passing Hollings. It was a pretty wild race.

"I'm really pleased to get another win, it's fantastic."

Marco Mapelli, Charlie Hollings and pole sitter Michael Trimble completed the top six -- Trimble dropping to the back of the pack and forcing a recovery after stalling his car on the start.

Race two was a far more straightforward affair, Tim Macrow gaining the ascendency on the opening lap and running a lights-to-flag win ahead of Astuti pair Charlie Hollings and Michael Trimble.

Out of the championship battle, Trimble surrendered second to his team-mate on the final lap to allow Hollings to stay in touch with his year long rival Macrow.

Tander (4th), Winslow (5th) and Mapelli (6th) struggled to find the same performances as they had earlier in the day and resorted to finishing securing valuable championship points.

The battle for the Kumho Tyres National Class was decided in the favour of Chris Barry, who extended his already considerable championship points lead.

Daniel Schulz was second on both occasions despite gearbox dramas in the final race whilst both Lauren Gray and debutant Jesse Wakeman scored podiums in the class.

The championship battle has closed at the half-way point of the championship with Tim Macrow facing a reduced margin -- he leads Hollings by just five points now -- as the series heads to Eastern Creek in two weeks.

The top four contenders are covered by nine points with eight races remaining.

The next round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star will be held at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway in two weeks time, June 13 -- 15.

-credit: f3aus

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Series F3
Drivers Marco Mapelli , James Winslow , Tim Macrow , Leanne Tander , Stuart Kostera , Jesse Wakeman , Lauren Gray , Charlie Hollings