Team BRM at the pointy end in Queensland Sunshine. QUEENSLAND RACEWAY, IPSWICH - Saturday, July 2nd, 2005 -- TEAM BRM drivers Michael Trimble and Marc Williams have qualified strongly for tomorrow's fourth round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres...
Team BRM at the pointy end in Queensland Sunshine.
QUEENSLAND RACEWAY, IPSWICH - Saturday, July 2nd, 2005 -- TEAM BRM drivers Michael Trimble and Marc Williams have qualified strongly for tomorrow's fourth round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship, both drivers setting times that will see them race at the pointy end of their respective classes when the field takes to the track for tomorrow's races.
Championship points leader Michael Trimble (#20 Autosport Adelaide / ELF / U Drive SA Dallara F304 Speiss) scored a pair of second row starts in a consistent day's running, just failing to match the pace setters but showing that he will have more than enough to challenge at the front of the increasingly competitive F3 field tomorrow.
Trimble's times -- 1m06.67 in Qualifying one (4th) and a 1m06.88 in the second session (3rd) -- were less than half a second of the pace setters in both sessions' -- indicating the close competition that the series' has shown this season.
"I'm a little bit disappointed that we weren't able to get onto pole position or the front row," said the Victorian. "But, the second row is alright and we should have a good race car to move forward and challenge the leaders and make sure we hold onto the lead of the championship coming out of the weekend."
Unfortunately, due to direct championship rival Aaron Caratti scoring a pair of pole positions Trimble's lead in the series was cut by half -- his lead of four points heading into the round cut down to just two in what is evolving into a ferocious championship battle.
Team BRM's Kumho Tyres Australian Trophy Class competitor Marc Williams rebounded from a tough round at Phillip Island a month ago to extend his lead at the top of the Trophy Class table, scoring a pair of pole positions and snapping at the heels of the championship class cars in the process.
Williams's best time of the day -- a 1m09.48, recorded in the second session -- placed him 8th outright on the grid for the second race, the time a solid two second improvement on his Friday best.
"Im happy with my day today," enthused the 16-year-old Kiwi steerer. "Our aim was to get close and get in front of one or two of the championship class cars and we were able to do that in the second qualifying session. Im looking forward to the races tomorrow and I think that we will be able to score some good points for the Trophy Class championship and race with the championship class drivers as well."
Tomorrow's fourth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship -- contesting for the CAMS Gold Star Award - will be contested over two, 17-lap races tomorrow under what is expected to be fine Queensland skies.