Barton Mawer gets another as Kiwi's carve up field. ALBERT PARK, MELBOURNE (Friday, 4th March, 2005.) After being forced to work from behind for his opening race win yesterday, New South Welshman Barton Mawer today indicated to the watching...
Barton Mawer gets another as Kiwi's carve up field.
ALBERT PARK, MELBOURNE (Friday, 4th March, 2005.) After being forced to work from behind for his opening race win yesterday, New South Welshman Barton Mawer today indicated to the watching Formula 1 outfits that he is the man to beat in the ultra tough Trading Post F3 field, taking a strong flag to flag win in this afternoons second of three heats.
Mawer took his Team BRM Dallara F304 Speiss to a strong victory over weekend long rival Aaron Caratti, as well as again resetting the lap record mark he held overnight from yesterday's race. Mawer will look to clean sweep the weekend tomorrow to draw as much possible attention from the International contingent at the AGP as he prepares for another season in the UK.
18-year-old South Australian Tim Slade rebounded from a spin in yesterday's opening race to finish a solid fourth in today's encounter. Slade spent a majority of the race battling with Michael Caruso, but slipped by just after half race distance to set the TSRWine.com / Gawler Farm Machinery Dallara up for a grand finale sprint to the flag tomorrow.
Team BRM's New Zealand contingent provided some of the most excitement of the day, as they carved their way though the 25 car grid in today's race.
2004 Trophy Class Champion Nic Jordan was relegated to the rear of the grid before the race today, meaning that the 16 year old Kiwi would be forced to charge as hard as possible to get back to the front of the field where he expects to be. Despite getting balked at the start, the young Kiwi charger ended his race in 8th place -- a position that created mixed feelings for the Kiwi star.
"I enjoyed cutting my way through the field today," he said. "But obviously, I would have rather been racing at the front of the pack from the start of the race, instead of having to come from behind. I can't wait to give it my all in tomorrow's race when I start from near the front of the field."
Fellow Kiwi, and 2005 Formula 3 debutant Marc Williams, showed his potential today, after ending up buried in the turn 3 sand trap for a majority of the opening race of the weekend. Williams made an excellent start and ended up second of the trophy class cars -- despite starting near team mate Jordan at the tail of the field.
"It was pretty good to come through the field in today's race," he enthused after jumping out of his Mobil 1 Dallara. "I got a great start which also helped make up the positions.
"It was good to be aggressive and get up towards the top 10, which is really where we want to be. I cant wait to start from where we really should be tomorrow so we can continue to improve and achieve our goal of a top 10 finish, and a Trophy Class win, this weekend."
The third and final Trading Post Formula 3 races at Melbourne's Albert Park will be held tomorrow afternoon, and will be featured live on TV as part of Channel 10's AGP Coverage.