Astuti Motorsport will return to the fight for outright points within the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship after confirming today that Briton James Winslow will join the team for round three of the championship at Oran Park, next ...
Astuti Motorsport will return to the fight for outright points within the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship after confirming today that Briton James Winslow will join the team for round three of the championship at Oran Park, next weekend.
Winslow will drive the British F3 championship-winning Shell Racing Solutions Dallara F307 - fresh from a complete rebuild and respray - purchased by Astuti Motorsport earlier this season. Powered by a Renault engine, the team and driver completed a successful first test run at Oran Park on Monday and will aim to continue Winslow's quest for the Australian Drivers Championship together next week.
After two rounds Winslow sits second in the championship, less than 10 points behind leader Neil McFadyen.
Astuti Motorsport is also pleased to announce that Ash Samadi will race the teams' #23 Dallara F304 -- Renault in the National Class at Oran Park.
An experienced racer in Carrera Cup and Australian GT, primarily racing Porsche GT3s, Samadi will make his Formula 3 debut at Oran Park next week and also completed a successful day of testing at the south-western Sydney circuit on Monday.
"I'm very pleased to welcome both James and Ash to our team, alongside Ray Chamberlain, for Oran Park and hopefully beyond," Team owner Sam Astuti said.
"James is obviously a very successful driver and we are happy to give him the opportunity to continue his championship challenge with us in the new car. Ash is a very experienced driver and a great guy -- I'm looking forward to seeing how he goes and I think he could surprise a few people next week!.
Astuti said the initial shakedown of the brand-new car went very well.
"We have been working flat out for two weeks to make sure that we were prepared for today and for the next meeting. I am very pleased," he said.
"We made some good changes today and the car was quite quick. We're not quite there yet but we are very close and I think James can do the job next week."
The driver in question said he was eager to get back in the car to score more championship points after the successful test.
"I'm very grateful to Sam for helping out and getting us in the car to continue the championship challenge -- had he not come along I would've been on a plane back to England right now," Winslow said.
"The car has performed really well - considering it's the first time that the car has run after a complete rebuild - it went very well. We made some big steps up on setup today and by the end of the day we were setting some very quick times on what were 30 or 40 lap old tyres. Sam and the team all work very well together and the team is very good. I'm looking forward to next week." He said.
The Oran Park round (April 25 -- 27), will mark the first time Astuti Motorsport has campaigned three cars in its current format: James Winslow will drive the #11 Shell Racing Solutions Dallara F307 Renault, Ray Chamberlain the #24 Dallara F304 Renault and Ash Samadi the #23 Shell Racing Solutions Dallara F304 Renault in the National Class.