Karl Reindler wins for Team BRM Team BRM's Karl Reindler, National Tyres Dallara F301 Spiess Opel today scored his first win in the Australian Formula 3 Championship. In an action packed race, Reindler fought hard to take out the win ...
Karl Reindler wins for Team BRM
Team BRM's Karl Reindler, National Tyres Dallara F301 Spiess Opel today scored his first win in the Australian Formula 3 Championship. In an action packed race, Reindler fought hard to take out the win finishing less than 3 tenths of a second ahead of second placed finisher, Ian Dyk.
Reindler got away from the start line cleanly and was sitting in third place locked in a tight battle with both Dyk and Gilmour. The race was interrupted on lap 3 when the safety car was brought out to remove a number of cars from the track, including Reindler's team mate Marcus Marshall. At the restart of the race on lap 6 Reindler was right behind Gilmour and the two of them went into the sweeper side by side. Reindler was able to come out in front of Gilmour and set about chasing Dyk, closing the gap between the them by four tenths of a second on lap 7. The next lap he was able to pass Dyk through the hairpin and for the remainder of the race Dyk and Reindler were running nose to tail. On the last lap Reindler made a gear selection error and ran wide allowing Dyk to get along side him, but Reindler was able to hold his position and win his first Australian Formula 3 Championship race.
After the race Reindler could not wipe the smile off his face. "I am really happy with my result, the race was amazing. I really want to thank my sponsors, National Tyres and UTS Geophysics, without their support I would not have been able to get this far. Also I have to thank the Team for all their hard work and for giving me such a great car. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season."
The clean racing between the top three was a credit to the drivers. They gave each other plenty of racing room and fought cleanly throughout the race.
Reindler's Team BRM team mate for this weekend, Marcus Marshall, AEG Power Tools, was forced out on lap three after he become involved in Aaron Caratti's accident. Caratti made contact with Marshall's right rear damaging the car and ending his weekend. David Borg was also caught up in the accident which bought out the safety car on lap 3. "I saw Caratti spin in front of me and went to the left to avoid him, but he rolled back and hit my right rear. I was much happier with the way the car was handling today after the changes we made yesterday, it is a shame we did not get the opportunity to show the car's full potential."
"This weekend was a great opportunity for me to get a feel for the cars. Team BRM have been fantastic all weekend especially in dealing with all the drama's we have had. I want to thank my sponsor, AEG Power Tools for all their support."
Marshall will be moving to Europe next week and will be competing in the Porsche Supercup for Kadach Racing this year. This series supports the European rounds of the Formula 1 Championship and also at the American F1 Grand Prix. The first round will be on April 24.
In what has been a highly successful weekend for Team BRM, they also took out the Trophy Class round win. Craig Rundle Dallara F301 Spiess Opel, dominated the Trophy Class all weekend, winning both races and setting the fastest lap time in each race. The Team is very optimistic for the remainder of the season with Nic Jordan to takeover driving the car full time from the Oran Park round.
The Team is very pleased with the results this weekend overall, in particular with Reindler starting the season off in such a fantastic way. Team Owner, Bronte Rundle was very impressed with Reindler's performance this weekend. "Karl sat down yesterday and reviewed the data from yesterday's race. He was able to observe the areas where improvements could be made. These changes gave Karl the advantage he needed to win the race. It is a very well deserved win and we are looking forward to the rest of the season. It looks set to be another close battle at the front."