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AUSF3: Series newsletter 2008-09-09

BIG BOUNTY ON THE LINE IN TASMANIAN FORMULA 3 TITLE FIGHT Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship drivers may need to book excess baggage for their trip home from the season ending Country Club Tasmania F3 SuperPrix event, to be held at ...

BIG BOUNTY ON THE LINE IN TASMANIAN FORMULA 3 TITLE FIGHT

Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship drivers may need to book excess baggage for their trip home from the season ending Country Club Tasmania F3 SuperPrix event, to be held at Symmons Plains Raceway between September 19 - 21.

A bigger bounty than ever before is on offer when the F3 circus rolls back to Tasmania this year with the 52nd Australian Drivers Championship up for grabs, three drivers all angling to add their names to the record books.

Briton James Winslow (175 points) leads Leanne Tander (174) and Nathan Caratti (146) ahead of the 8th and final round of 2008. In the 13 races held to date, Winslow and Tander have won four races with Caratti winning three.

As well as the title of ‘Australia's Champion Driver' and the prestigious CAMS Gold Star award that goes with it, the three title contenders will be fighting for $80,000 in prize money open to the series champion.

F3's ‘race within a race' - the F3 National Class for previous-generation cars - will also go down to the wire between protagonists Chris Gilmour and Lee Farrell with both looking for a handy $40K bonus to come their way should things go well Sunday afternoon.

But the bounty doesn't stop there, one major trophy to be presented directly following the final checkered flag on Sunday.

The 30-lap SuperPrix showdown will again have the John Bowe Trophy on offer, the stunning star-shaped Crystal trophy signifying the Tasmanian motorsport icon's successes at the very top of Australian open wheel - JB taking out the Gold Star title in both 1984 and ‘85.

"I started my career in Open Wheelers, so for the Formula 3 Association to name a trophy after me is a real honor." Bowe said last year.

In 2007 New South Wales driver Barton Mawer won the John Bowe Trophy in a thriller, ahead of Leanne Tander and eventual Gold Star champion Tim Macrow.

The Country Club Tasmania F3 SuperPrix race holds more than $5000 in prizes including a five-night Tasmanian Holiday at the Country Club for the winner and a friend, partner or family member.

The prize of leaving Tasmania with an outright track record under the belt will also be a lure to drivers racing at Symmons Plains next week.

In their past two visits Formula 3 stars have come agonizingly close to the outright Symmons Plains Lap record held by Alfredo Costanzo, set at 50.14s in 1981 behind the wheel of a Lola-Chevrolet F5000 car.

Briton Ben Clucas holds the F3 benchmark at 50.54s and this years' crop of new model cars and a higher level of competition could well see the 27-year old benchmark go. Already Formula 3 lap records have been smashed at Phillip Island, Eastern Creek and in March this year a F3 car was the fastest ever to lap the Clipsal 500 street circuit in Adelaide.

This year's Country Club Tasmania Formula 3 SuperPrix field features drivers representing Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (England and Ireland), and a new generation of Formula 3 car sourced from the very best teams in Europe.

More than 80 competitors, crew members, media and support personnel will descend on Symmons Plains between September 19 - 21.

A test day, to be held at the track on Wednesday, September 17th, will be open to the media for interview and photo opportunities.

-credit: formula3.com.au

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Series F3
Drivers John Bowe , Ben Clucas , Barton Mawer , James Winslow , Leanne Tander , Chris Gilmour , Phillip Island