A Day of Close Racing and Controversy for Team BRM Team BRM have left Winton Raceway and Round 4 of the 2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship with mixed emotions, after a day that saw race-winning performances given from both drivers.
A Day of Close Racing and Controversy for Team BRM
Team BRM have left Winton Raceway and Round 4 of the 2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship with mixed emotions, after a day that saw race-winning performances given from both drivers. Unfortunately, the day also featured a disappointing call made by meeting officials that undoubtedly cost Karl Reindler a race 1 win.
Reindler, driving the #19 UTS Geophysics Dallara F301 Speiss-Opel, was dominant in race one and lead comfortably despite safety car interruptions throughout the race.
On lap 11 circuit officials deemed that Reindler's car was above the vehicle noise limit permitted in Formula 3 racing. The car was black flagged and called into the pits, dropping Karl to 11th with just two laps remaining. He gained two positions in the remaining two laps to finish the race in a disappointing 9th position.
After the race, team owner Bronte Rundle expressed his disappointment over the meeting official's call. "I am very disappointed that our car was the only one singled out as being over the noise threshold, when clearly all the other cars were just as loud and nothing was done."
"The fact that Karl had a comfortable lead ended up being his downfall, because all the other cars were running in a pack, (which would have made it hard to judge wether they were too loud or not.)" He said.
"The team hopes that a review of the race 1 results is conducted by the Formula 3 Association to try and sort this out."
"The team has worked so hard to get the car to where it is this weekend," said driver Karl Reindler. "So this is a major disappointment not just for me, but for the entire team. We had the fastest car out there and we deserved to be out in front."
After his incredible qualifying performances, Trophy Class championship leader Nic Jordan finished fifth outright in race one, some 20 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. In a stunning performance, the 16-year-old New Zealander also set a best lap time some 1.3 seconds quicker than his qualifying best.
Race two was a much better show for Team BRM's championship class driver, as Karl and leader Ian Dyk staged a mighty battle for the entire race. Starting from third on the grid, the BRM Driver made the better start and slotted into second as the field sorted themselves out.
From that point onwards the two were never separated by much more than a few tenths and after throwing everything he had at the leader, just six tenths separated Reindler from eventual winner Ian Dyk at the end of the race.
"That was an awesome battle with Ian," enthused Karl after the race. "It's always good racing with him. He always gives you room when you are dicing like today."
"I had a couple of goes during the race, but Winton is a hard track to pass on. I am pleased with second."
In as just an impressive show, Nic Jordan again won the trophy class, and placed in the top 6 outright. Nic also chased down and diced with championship class runner Daniel Pappas.
"Nic did very well again today," said Bronte Rundle. "To be able to dice with a championship class car during that race was very impressive."
At the half way point in the series, the series points have closed right up at the top of the championship class table. Karl Reindler moves within 31 points of the series lead after salvaging third place for the round, whilst Nic Jordan continues to remain in control of the Yokohama trophy class, now 39 points ahead of the field.
Round 5 of the 2004 Australian Formula 3 championship will be held at Sydney's Eastern Creek raceway on July 15 &16.
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Team BRM Race 1 results:
5th: (1st trophy): Nic Jordan, AMS Group / ROH Dallara F398 Speiss - Opel.
9th: Karl Reindler, UTS Geophysics Dallara F301 Speiss - Opel.
Fastest Lap: Karl Reindler: 1m18.0483
Team BRM Race 2 results:
2nd: Karl Reindler, UTS Geophysics Dallara F301 Speiss - Opel.
6th: (1st trophy): Nic Jordan, AMS Group / ROH Dallara F398 Speiss - Opel.
Fastest Lap: Karl Reindler: 1m18.4225