TEAM BRM'S KIWI CONTINGENT READY TO RACE FOR WINS AT EASTERN CREEK ADELAIDE, NOVEMBER 30th, 2005 -- THEY MAY NOT be able to win this year's title, but Adelaide based Formula 3 outfit Team BRM will be out to end the season on a high note at...
TEAM BRM'S KIWI CONTINGENT READY TO RACE FOR WINS AT EASTERN CREEK
ADELAIDE, NOVEMBER 30th, 2005 -- THEY MAY NOT be able to win this year's title, but Adelaide based Formula 3 outfit Team BRM will be out to end the season on a high note at this weekend's final round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship at Eastern Creek Raceway.
To achieve that success the team will be packing some Kiwi punch in Sydney, confirming the attendance of two Rising New Zealand stars to tackle a strong 16 car season ending F3 field at the high speed 3.9km circuit 40 minutes west of the city centre.
16-year-old Kiwi charger Marc Williams will return to the team to endeavour to win the Kumho Tyres Trophy Class (For F3 Chassis' produced between 1996 -- '98) after a round's absence, whilst former F3 race winner James Cressey will steer the team's outright contending Gawler Farm Machinery Dallara F304 in his return to open wheel competition.
Cressey remains one of the series' most successful ever drivers, having won six races throughout campaigns in 2002 and 2003 and twice finished within the top four of the championship.
After scoring a total of 16 podiums in his F3 Career, the 21-year old from Auckland has more recently been running with Paul Cruickshank Racing in the Australian Carrera Cup one make series, scoring strong results despite a lack of experience in saloon-based cars.
Cressey tested the Team BRM / Gawler Farm Machinery Dallara F304 Speiss at Mallala raceway Monday, and said that it was great to be back in a Formula 3 car.
"After driving the Porsche for so long you forget what it's like to drive these cars," he enthused after setting competitive times around the Adelaide track.
"These cars are very good to drive and it's great to be back in them. I've had a lot of success in the category in '02 and '03 so it's going to be good to get back and race against this year's field.
"I'm obviously going out there expecting to win. There is no reason we shouldn't be competitive." He said
Cressey also hinted that this weekend's effort could be the prelude to a return to the series full time in the future.
"I'm still looking at a number of options for next season, but racing here in this series is definitely one of them," he said.
16-year-old Marc Williams is another driver looking to build his career based on this weekend's performance, the kid from the North Island city of New Plymouth ready and waiting to challenge for the Trophy title. Williams currently sits just 17 points behind Series' leader Bill Maddocks despite missing the last round at the A1 Grand Prix event, and said that he was keen to get back behind the wheel of an F3 car.
"I can't wait for Eastern Creek!!" he enthused. "It'll be great to get back into F3 and I'm looking forward to racing on the Eastern Creek circuit.
"I'm planning to have a reliable weekend and come away with maximum points to take the trophy class title back to my home land, where it belongs for us young Kiwis," he said, reminded of the fact that fellow New Zealand teenager Nic Jordan took the same title across the Tasman in 2004.
"I can't wait to catch up with Bronte and the team and make it a successful weekend."
The 2005 season will be concluded with two races scheduled for this Sunday, December 4th.