Mawer results for BRM as Albert Park F3 action heats up. ALBERT PARK, MELBOURNE (Thursday, 3rd March, 2005.) Team BRM driver Barton Mawer came to the Albert Park this weekend with only one aim in mind: to take victory and give his career ...
Mawer results for BRM as Albert Park F3 action heats up.
ALBERT PARK, MELBOURNE (Thursday, 3rd March, 2005.) Team BRM driver Barton Mawer came to the Albert Park this weekend with only one aim in mind: to take victory and give his career prospects a boost before heading overseas again next week.
After today's first of three Trading Post Formula 3 battles at the Australian Grand Prix, the young Sydneysider had achieved part of his goal, taking out pole position and then backing it up with a resounding victory in an action packed eight lap encounter late this afternoon.
Mawer dropped to second early in the race after carrying too much speed into the notorious turn one Albert Park chicane. However, Mawer quickly hunted down leader Aaron Caratti's Astuti competition Dallara, taking the lead with a bold outside pass with three laps to go and eventually winning by just under 1.5 seconds.
The result instantly etches Mawer into the history books, becoming the first ever person to win a Formula 3 race on the tough 5.4km Albert Park circuit. Justifiably, the British F3 scholarship class race winner was delighted with the outcome of today's race.
"BRM must stand for Brilliant Racing Machines!" he joked after today's race. "I am very relieved with this result, because I thought I had thrown it away after going off at turn one at the start, but I managed to catch the leader and get a run on him to slipstream my way in front.
"Someone came up to me after the race and said 'you have just created your own little piece of history'. To be the first ever race winner in an F3 car here is something very special."
Team BRM's other three drivers had something of a mixed day. South Australian Tim Slade, fresh off a strong opening display at Wakefield Park a week ago, started third and raced with the leaders for a majority of the opening race. A slight off at the penultimate turn with four laps to go cost Slade a potential podium position, but he has shown that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the remaining two encounters.
16-year-old Kiwi Nic Jordan had a solid day, qualifying 6th for his first visit to Albert Park (both Slade and Mawer have competed there before.). Jordan ran a solitary race for a majority of today's opening eight-lap affair, eventually finishing 7th after a difficult start and first corner run.
Fellow Countryman Marc Williams was out to improve in his first ever visit to a Grand Prix, just four days after making his F3 race debut last weekend in New South Wales. 10th in qualifying, against a very strong 25 car field, was an excellent result for the Kiwi youngster -- indicating that he is beginning to come to grips with the 'wings and slick's' Dallara.
Unfortunately for Williams, he was caught up in the midst of the opening race's turn one carnage, running into the sand trap at turn 3 prematurely ending his first race at the Grand Prix.
Team BRM's four car attack will have a further chance to improve tomorrow, as the massive Trading Post Formula 3 field takes to the track at 5:40pm (Eastern) for the second of three races on the Australian Grand Prix card.