2001 Australian Formula 3 Championship Round 4 - Queensland Raceway July 21-22 Teams travelled north for the first ever visit to Queensland Raceway for Formula 3 cars. The only team to test here was the BRM gang from Adelaide. They were...
2001 Australian Formula 3 Championship
Round 4 - Queensland Raceway July 21-22
Teams travelled north for the first ever visit to Queensland Raceway for Formula 3 cars. The only team to test here was the BRM gang from Adelaide. They were expected to be challenged by the Piccola Scuderia Dallara of point score leader Peter Hackett. He didn't disappoint with a clean sweep of qualifying and the races.
Qualifying on Saturday saw Hackett lead the way. He was an amazing one and a half seconds clear of the BRM pair posting a 1m07.1798. Both Darren Palmer and Kiwi Daynom Templeman were unable to match the pace of the Sydney driver. Mike Beeley was fourth followed by Chris Coombs, Graeme Holmes and Peter Rees. New boy Adam Macrow was ninth behind Glen Coombs. Damien Digby rounded out the top 10. The second session was a little closer. Hackett posted a 1m07.8723 point 3 ahead of Palmer with Templeman a half second from that. Beeley was again fourth with Rookie Macrow fifth.
Sunday's racing got under way with Mike Beeley leading away the pack. Hackett fell to sixth. Beeley's time of glory was short lived as he answered a black flag for jumping the start. Templeman took over the mantle from Palmer, Holmes and Chris Coombs. Hackett was soon up to third and when Palmer pitted for a loose wheel nut he peppered the gearbox of Templeman. Beeley was charging through the field and by race end was third. But the action was at the front. Both of the leading cars swapped positions before Hackett established a lead and held it to the end. Fourth was Chris Coombs, followed by Macrow in a fine fifth place for his first race. Palmers problem saw him end up 12th, 2 laps adrift.
Race 2 saw Hackett get off the line better and lead the field into the first turn. Palmer slotted into third ahead of Templeman and Beeley. Macrow was the man of the race climbing from ninth on the grid to fifth at the end. Behind them was the Coombs clan Chris ahead of Glen with Digby eighth. Boothman and Rees rounded out the top ten.
Can anyone stop Peter Hackett? Last years runner up has his eye on the series title and is stopping at nothing to get the job done. His Piccola Scuderia team ably backed him up. The chasing pack has even more work to do before the Eastern Creek round in August. We'll see you there.
- Kim Saffron