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AUSF3: Team BRM Eastern Creek round five preview

Team BRM heads for Sydney and 100th race. ADELAIDE - Wednesday, July 20th, 2005 -- This weekend's fifth round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship marks an historic milestone for the category, set to notch up its 99th and...

Team BRM heads for Sydney and 100th race.

ADELAIDE - Wednesday, July 20th, 2005 -- This weekend's fifth round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship marks an historic milestone for the category, set to notch up its 99th and 100th races respectively on Sunday. However, it's not just Formula 3 that will be reaching the big 100: Adelaide based operation Team BRM will also front for their 100th race -- having contested every event since the categories inception in 1999.

Team BRMs tradition for success was started right from the word go, Bronte Rundle finishing a close 2nd in the team's first ever Formula 3 race, son Mark (now race mechanic for Michael Trimble) placing a strong 4th in what was one of his first drives in a wings and slicks open wheeler.

The success has continued to flow since the team's first ever race on a cold and blustery day at Mallala in May 1999, taking the Australian Formula 3 championship with James Manderson in 2002 and with new British Formula 3 sensation Karl Reindler last year.

In 98 race starts, the team has scored an incredible 25 victories and 86 podium positions -- meaning that team BRM has had at least one car on the podium in almost a third of the series' 98 races to date. Seven different drivers have represented team BRM on the top step of the podium, most prolific scorers including Darren Palmer (six wins for the team), James Manderson (also six wins) and Karl Reindler (five wins). Palmer also leads the way as far as the podium count goes, having scored 30 top three finishes for the team -- just under a third of all the team's podium visits.

Team BRM owner Bronte Rundle, who competed for the team in their very first season, said that it was a landmark weekend for the Adelaide based operation.

"We have had at least one car compete in each and every Australian Formula 3 race that has been held since 1999," he said. "We have been fortunate enough to have a lot of success and a couple of championship's in the last 98 races and there is no reason why we cant add to that in what will be our 100th race this weekend."

Team BRM's current contender, 20 year old Victorian Michael Trimble, has already made his fair share of contributions to the above-mentioned podium count, scoring six trips to the top three since joining the category at the start of the season. Trimble also has two wins to his credit -- one at the opening round of the championship in February and one at Phillip Island in May.

Eastern Creek's fast and flowing 3.9km will prove to be a key circuit for Trimble's chase of the CAMS Gold Star this season, all bar one of the series' final four rounds set to be held at the circuit located in Sydney's Western suburbs. Trimble currently lies 2nd in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship point score, a highly rare engine failure unfortunately giving the Melbournian his first non finish of the season at Queensland Raceway earlier in July and dropping him 23 points behind series' leader Aaron Caratti.

'The Creek' has served as a happy hunting ground for Trimble in the past, however, the driver scoring a fantastic race victory in challenging wet conditions at the circuit last year whilst competing for Sonic Racing's Formula Ford team in the Australian Formula Ford Championship. And with all of Team BRM's hopes resting on Trimble's #20 U Drive / Elf / Autosport Dallara F304 Speiss this weekend, there is no doubt that he will be using his 2004 form as inspiration for this weekend.

Team BRM Fast Facts -- Eastern Creek Raceway

HAPPY 100th: ELEVEN Different drivers have represented Team BRM on the podium since the team's inception in 1999, some of them still amongst the best and brightest names in Australian Open Wheel racing. The drivers are: Darren Palmer (6 wins, 30 podiums), James Manderson (6 wins, 11 Podiums), Karl Reindler (Current British F3 driver - 5 wins, 17 podiums), Daynom Templeman (3 wins, 9 podiums), Marcus Marshall (Current Champ Car Driver -- 3 wins, 3 podiums), Michael Trimble (Current driver -- 2 wins, 6 podiums), Mark Rundle (Team Director, mechanic -- 4 Podiums), Bronte Rundle (Team Owner -- 2 podiums), Nic Jordan (2 Podiums) Ian Dyk and Peter Hackett (1 podium each)

*please note, podiums include wins. Results only for drivers during their time at team BRM.

PROVEN FORM: 2004 Champion Karl Reindler owned Eastern Creek Last season, smashing the lap record by two seconds and winning both races by the length of the main straight (That's a very long way). The team's then Trophy Class driver Nic Jordan scored his first ever Formula 3 Podium, charging through the field in race two like a hot knife (or was it driver) through butter from the pit lane to finish third. The drive was big enough for Australian racing icon Peter Brock to tell Bronte Rundle just how impressed he was with the drive after the race.

REVENGE? Aaron Caratti holds the biggest lead of the season to date, helped somewhat by Michael Trimble's DNF in Queensland's second race. Trimble will be out for revenge at Eastern Creek, hoping to use team BRM's proven form at the Sydney track to his advantage on the weekend to close the point's gap to his season long rival.

-www.teambrm.com.au

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Series F3
Drivers Marcus Marshall , Peter Brock , Peter Hackett , Ian Dyk , Aaron Caratti , Karl Reindler , Phillip Island