Team BRM young gun stars in qualifying for final round
Team BRM's newest recruit, 18 year old Ian Dyk, put in an impressive performance in qualifying for the final round of the 2003 Australian Formula 3 Championship today. In the star performance of the weekend so far, Dyk qualified in 5th and 4th position respectively for tomorrow's two races, qualifying ahead of a number of his more experienced rivals.
Dyk, in the Selleys RP7 Dulux Dallara F301 Spiess Opel, was quick right from the start of the weekend, finishing 4th and 5th in the two practice sessions yesterday. In this morning's first qualifying session, Dyk qualified in 5th place, setting a qualifying time of 0:55.0376, just 0.14 second behind pole sitter and current Championship co-leader Barton Mawer, Dallara F396 Spiess Opel. In the second qualifying session this afternoon, Dyk moved up the order one place to qualify in 4th, setting a time of 0:55.5318, just 0.16 second behind pole sitter and the other current Championship co-leader, Michael Caruso, Dallara F301 Fiat Nova.
Team BRM principal, Bronte Rundle was highly impressed with the performance of Dyk. "This guy is definitely one to watch in the future. The way he has jumped into the car this weekend, after very limited testing and been on the pace immediately is very promising for tomorrow's two races and for the 2004 season. With Dyk as team mate to Karl Reindler next year, things are looking very good for Team BRM."
Karl Reindler has been forced to sit out this round of the Championship after crashing heavily in a Formula Vee race a few weeks ago. This decision was made as a result of medical advice and is a disappointing end to a sensational first season in Formula 3 for the young West Australian. Next year promises to be an exciting one for Reindler on his climb towards the top of the motorsport ladder.
Team BRM wishes Karl a speedy recovery and looks forward to working with him again in the 2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship.
The Team is hoping that today's perfect weather conditions are continued tomorrow and the final round of the Championship can provide more of the hard fought battles that have been seen all throughout the 2003 Australian Formula 3 Championship.