TANDERSPORT TO FIGHT FOR GOLD STAR AGAIN AFTER PHILLIP ISLAND WIN TanderSport will challenge for the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship title for the second time in as many seasons after Leanne Tander charged to within one point of...
TANDERSPORT TO FIGHT FOR GOLD STAR AGAIN AFTER PHILLIP ISLAND WIN
TanderSport will challenge for the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship title for the second time in as many seasons after Leanne Tander charged to within one point of the series lead with a win at Phillip Island at the weekend.
Tander won the second race and led the majority of race one before an off on the final lap relegated her back to eighth place - but the overall results were enough to put her just one point behind leader James Winslow with only the final round of the championship - at Tasmania's Symmons Plains - remaining this year.
Earlier in the weekend Leanne scored her fifth pole position of the year to start from the front in F3's 150th Australian Championship race, before qualifying third for race two.
After her race one misadventure, she rebounded brilliantly in the second to withstand plenty of pressure throughout to record win number four for the season, her sixth of her F3 career and finish a seven round comeback from a rough start to the season.
Leanne was as many as 27 points behind the leader after a DNF in Adelaide earlier this year, but will now go into the finale' on an essentially even standing with Winslow at Symmons.
TanderSport's F3 National class duo of Mat Radisich and Ben Crighton continued their improvement and were often the pacesetters on their second visit to the high-speed Phillip Island circuit.
Radisich scored his first - and TanderSports' second - class pole with a strong run in second qualifying on Saturday.
Race day didn't go to plan for the young Melbourne-based Kiwi, however, with a pair of DNFs that hindered his weekend - running off the circuit in treacherous conditions in race one before a coming together with team-mate Ben Crighton in the second.
He recorded the quickest lap of the second race, however, to reinforce his continued improvement.
Crighton also continued his drive towards the front and scored a strong third place in National Class in race one.
TanderSport will be back in action during the final round of the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star at Symmons Plains Raceway between September 19 - 21.
Leanne Tander - #42 TanderSport Dallara F307 Mercedes - Benz (174 Points, 2nd)
"Race 1 was really disappointing; I just put my car on the wrong part of the track in the bad conditions and just spun. I was quite lucky because I went into the gravel so I was fortunate to get out of it and get points. I was annoyed with myself with that but we came back in race two which was fantastic and made sure we're really in the fight.
"I didn't get a good start in race two but had great pace when my tyres were warm. I knew I had the pace to win and when they made it a bit easier for me by falling off the road in front of me I just made sure I brought it home and got the points.
"I'm going to approach Tassie the same way as I approach every race. At one point I was 27 behind Winslow so to be one behind ahead of the final round is great and I'm not going to change my tactic which is to go out and try to win every race. If I can do that, everything will look after itself."
Mathew Radisich - #32 TanderSport / HT Leads Dallara F304 Spiess Opel (78 Points, 3rd in National Class)
"We've got qualifying sorted now - we just need to get the races right and we should be able to have a good weekend.
"It was a bit frustrating to have led the opening race most of the way and then have a spin, and for the same thing to happen in the second race was really bad - but we know we have the pace.
"We are fast in the wet and if we can keep working on the dry pace things should be good for us. We're getting closer and closer each race which is promising and I'm really confident of a good performance at Symmons Plains."
Ben Crighton - #52 TanderSport Dallara F304 Spiess Opel (62 Points, 4th in National Class)
"We've got plenty of pace, there's no doubt about that and the race one result was quite strong to come through and get third in the National class and seventh outright.
"It was a frustrating weekend overall with the incident in race two but we are getting closer and closer to the front and that's really promising."
Garth Tander - Team co-owner / Team Manager
"It was disappointing to not win the first race with Leanne because we had the speed to do it, but the conditions were challenging and to come back after that was a great effort. We're right in the battle for the second year in a row.
"I'm really happy with Mat (Radisich), his performance across the weekend was fantastic, especially in qualifying. He was fast in Q1 at Eastern Creek but struggled in the second session and he was very keen to improve on that at the weekend and he did that.
"Both Mat and Ben will show what they are capable of and put together a full weekend sooner rather than later. They have both been improving and are doing a great job. Ben was fanastic in race one and got a great result. I'm confident the results will come. The incident in race two was just ‘one of those things' that happens. I'm confident that at Symmons you will see both TanderSport cars at the front of the National Class."