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AUSF3: Mallala round four preview

KUMHO TYRES F3 CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER TIM MACROW GETS PORSCHE SUPERCUP SHOT AT SILVERSTONE Whilst Victorian speedster Tim Macrow will head into next weekend's fourth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star...

KUMHO TYRES F3 CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER TIM MACROW GETS PORSCHE SUPERCUP SHOT AT SILVERSTONE

Whilst Victorian speedster Tim Macrow will head into next weekend's fourth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star looking to consolidate his eight-point series lead, he'll also have the prospect of furthering his international career lurking in the back of his mind.

Thanks to the patronage of businessman and Formula 3 car-owner Maher Algadri, 23-year old Macrow will travel to the United Kingdom directly following the round at Mallala to contest the British leg of the one-make Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Silverstone.

Macrow will drive a Team Golden Spike Energy Porsche GT3 Cup Car in the support event to the British Grand Prix at the famous circuit between July 5 -- 7.

The Porsche Supercup is a major support act to the Formula 1 World Championship.

In what is shaping up to be a busy fortnight, he will then fly directly back to Australia to tackle Eastern Creek and round 5 of the local F3 championship one week later.

It will be the first time Macrow will have driven a closed-roof car of any kind, as well as his first time racing on International soil.

"To be given the opportunity to race in one of the most competitive one-make series' in the world, at a place like Silverstone, is just a dream," Macrow enthused.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me and I have to thank Maher for the chance to drive one of these cars. I won't be able to drive the car before the weekend, and before I get there I won't have ever driven a car with a roof -- but I still can't wait!"

Tim's links to Maher Algadri began at this years Australian Grand Prix Formula 3 support races, where he drove an Algadri-owned, Team BRM-run PHR Scuderia Dallara due to his existing team having prior driver commitments at the event.

Macrow put in a storming performance to win two of the four races and finish on the podium in the others.

A similar opportunity was given to regular PHR Scuderia supported driver Stuart Kostera, who drove in the Porsche Supercup opener this year, in Bahrain.

Tim -- who has one race win and four podium finishes so far this season -- and an eight-point lead over British driver Charlie Hollings -- said that he was realistic when it came to expecting any results.

"Of course I would love to be up the front," he said.

"But I'm being realistic and if I can get inside the top 20, out of a 30-car field, then I'll be happy."

The Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship for the CAMS Gold Star reaches its half-way point at Mallala this weekend with a 16-car field ready and waiting to gain the ascendancy in what is one of the closest Gold Star Championship battles for seasons.

The closest field in years features some of Australia's best young talent like Macrow, Leanne Tander, Mat Sofi and Stuart Kostera going head to head with British drivers Charlie Hollings and James Winslow, and Italian ace Marco Mapelli.

The series will contest two races this Sunday, July 1.

-credit: www.formula3.com.au

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Series F3
Drivers Marco Mapelli , James Winslow , Tim Macrow , Leanne Tander , Stuart Kostera , Algadri Maher , Charlie Hollings