NEW KIND OF RACE FOR TEAM BRM AS CLIPSAL 500 APPROACHES Adelaide Based Team BRM dominated round 1 of the 2006 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship at Wakefield Park Raceway last weekend. In doing so, the success has given the team...
NEW KIND OF RACE FOR TEAM BRM AS CLIPSAL 500 APPROACHES
Adelaide Based Team BRM dominated round 1 of the 2006 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship at Wakefield Park Raceway last weekend.
In doing so, the success has given the team the best possible motivation with which to prepare themselves for what is set to be a hectic few weeks ahead.
The team will be in a race of a different kind for the next fortnight -- a race against time to ensure that their recently purchased Van Diemen RF06 Duratec Formula Ford's are completed and race ready before next fortnight's Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
The first of two chassis is expected to arrive from England this Friday (the second mid next week) giving the team just two flat out weeks to construct both cars for their debut in the National Formula Ford ranks on the world famous Adelaide Street circuit.
The two brand new Duratec Formula Ford engines arrived last week, in advance of the chassis' arrival from the Van Diemen base in England.
The Clipsal 500 will mark the first time that the two-time Australian Formula 3 championship winning team has run a two car operation at National Formula Ford level, the team expanding this season to ensure a strong presence in both of Australia's top Open Wheel series'.
And as if that wasn't enough, the Clipsal 500 is the first in a stretch of three meetings in three weeks for Team BRM, subsequent weekends seeing both the (Non Championship) Formula 3 races at the FORMULA 1 ^Ù Fosters Australian Grand Prix meeting in Melbourne and the second round of the Kumho Tyres-sponsored Australian F3 / Gold Star championship at Tasmania's Symmons Plains raceway.
Team BRM owner Bronte Rundle said that the Wakefield Park success would serve as a motivational boost for the challenge that sits ahead.
"There is no doubt that dominating the racing at Wakefield last weekend with Ben Clucas in the John Deere / Gawler Farm Machinery car has been fantastic for the team," he said.
"Its not that morale was down by any stretch of the imagination, but it was such a fantastic thing to have the success that we did and it was a great boost for the coming weeks. We put a lot of hard work and dedication into our racing and we were repaid with results in Goulburn.
"Obviously we have a great deal of work ahead of us with preparing both the F3 cars and building two Formula Fords, but we're totally confident that it will go smoothly.
"There will be some long hours ahead, I'm sure, but the team is really excited about the next few weeks and making sure that we have two competitive cars on the Grid at the Clipsal 500 in two weeks time.
"It's going to great to have a South Australian team on the grid once again at the state's premier sporting event. We can't wait." Rundle said.
And although in a different category, Team BRM will carry strong form to the streets of Adelaide when it returns to the track on March 23rd, the team winning the second of two Australian Formula 3 Championship races held there in 2004 -- the last time the team was able to compete at their home event.
The Clipsal circuit sits just 10 minutes from the team's facilities in the Northern Adelaide suburbs and not much further from a majority of the crew's homes.
Team BRM will officially confirm both of its Clipsal 500 drivers in advance of the first day of the meeting.
Round 1 of the 2006 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star Award -- featuring both of Team BRM's drivers Ben Clucas and Jason Vince - will be broadcast this Sunday, 12:00pm, on SBS Speedweek program.
The racing will also be shown on FOX SPORTS Inside Speed the following Wednesday evening at 8:30pm.