Team BRM qualifying run hampered by Phillip Island weather. Phillip Island Raceway is notorious for providing some of the worst weather conditions of the Australian Motorsport calendar. The track delivered just that today, resulting in ...
Team BRM qualifying run hampered by Phillip Island weather.
Phillip Island Raceway is notorious for providing some of the worst weather conditions of the Australian Motorsport calendar. The track delivered just that today, resulting in the first qualifying session becoming a real lottery.
Both of the Team BRM drivers, Matt Fitzgerald, Inmotion Technologies Dallara F301 Speiss Opel and Karl Reindler, UTS Geophysics Dallara F301 Spiess Opel, managed just 3 laps in dry conditions, before the session was stopped by a red flag bought out by Maher Algadrie. As Algardri's car was being removed the rain began falling heavily preventing anyone from beating the fastest time set in the opening few laps. The fastest lap was set by Australian Formula 3 Championship newcomer Marchy Lee, Dallara F301 Renault.
Commenting after the first qualifying session, Team Principle, Bronte Rundle said that the Team had been caught out by being cautious in the opening laps. "Because of the cold track conditions we wanted to avoid cold graining, which is caused by bringing the tyres up to temperature too quickly. As a consequence we didn't set quick times in the opening laps and qualified well back in the pack."
Reindler will start in 12th and Fitzgerald in 14th position for tomorrow's first race.
Despite Fitzgerald and Reindler's poor qualifying position, the Team is still very positive about tomorrow's two races. In yesterday's two practice sessions, Reindler finished in an impressive 2nd and 3rd position proving that he does have the pace for a podium finish this weekend.
Today's second qualifying session was cancelled as a result of fatality at the track. Talented young driver, Stewart McColl, 23, from Sydney, was driving a Volkswagen Golf during a qualifying session for round six of the Australian GT Performance Championship when he died in an accident at turn 4 this afternoon. As a result of the session being cancelled, the grid for tomorrow's second race will be as per current championship standings.
As a mark of respect for Stewart McColl, who was also a member of the Formula 3 association, the front row of the grid for tomorrow's races will be left empty.
Team BRM wishes to take this opportunity to offer their deepest condolences to McColl's family and friends. His death is a great loss to motorsport.