Trimble to start Team BRMs 100th race from front row. EASTERN CREEK - Saturday, July 24th, 2005 -- Determined to bounce back from a difficult round of the championship three weeks ago in Queensland, Team BRM's lead driver Michael Trimble has ...
Trimble to start Team BRMs 100th race from front row.
EASTERN CREEK - Saturday, July 24th, 2005 -- Determined to bounce back from a difficult round of the championship three weeks ago in Queensland, Team BRM's lead driver Michael Trimble has qualified in the top three for both of tomorrow's races that make up the fifth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship at Eastern Creek, Sydney, this weekend.
Trimble's strong qualifying performance comes after a difficult day of practice Friday, an apparent lack of pace meaning that wholesale changes were made to the car before today's two qualifying sessions in order to move the #20 Elf Fuels / U Drive / Autosport Dallara F304 Speiss closer to the pacesetter of this weekend, Aaron Caratti.
The results from the teams' hard work were promising, Trimble taking a solid third in Qualifying one (just a scant two hundredths of a second behind Chris Alajajian) before reversing the order in the afternoon session to take a front row start for what will be Australian Formula 3 -- and Team BRM's -- 100th championship race tomorrow afternoon.
The high achieving 20-year-old Victorian driver, though, wasn't completely satisfied with the days work.
"I guess being second is better than being third or worse," he mused after Qualifying. "I'll just have to try and jump [pole sitter] Caratti in the second race and try and get in front to hold him off as much as possible. The guys made heaps of changes to the car from practice yesterday and we were a lot closer today because of it, but we still need to find a fair chunk of time to get close to Caratti on sheer pace."
Caratti was the dominant driver in both of today's sessions, scoring pole in the opening session by three tenths of a second, before doubling that gap in the slower second session.
In an apt piece of history in the making, team BRM owner Bronte Rundle donned the fireproof overalls for the first time in a number of years, taking to the track in the team's Dallara F301 - steered in the early rounds this season by Kiwi Nic Jordan.
Rundle adds to an already large contingent of drivers that are set to have started in Australian F3's first and 100th races, joining Graeme Holmes and Bill Maddocks on this weekend's grid. Bronte finished 2nd in the series' first race in 1999 -- a race that was also the competition debut for Team BRM.
Unfortunately for the former Australian Formula 2 champion, Rundle's car was plagued with minor technical difficulties that relegated him to completing a total of four laps over both sessions today.
Tomorrow's fifth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be completed over two, 13-lap races at the 3.9km Eastern Creek circuit.