Sensational performance from Team BRM
Team BRM young gun, Karl Reindler scored the Team's best result of the season, finishing 3rd and 2nd in the two races of the 7th round of the 2003 Australian Formula 3 Championship today.
Reindler, Dallara F301 Spiess Opel, drove brilliantly to score his best result in the Australian Formula 3 Championship, in his first visit to Winton Raceway, further cementing his reputation as one of Australia's brightest new stars.
Reindler made an excellent start in race one, moving into third place on the opening lap. Throughout the race he was locked in a tight, four-way battle with the two leading drivers, James Cressey, Dallara F301 Spiess Opel, and Michael Caruso, Dallara F301 Fiat Nova, along with forth placed Barton Mawer, Dallara F396 Spiess Opel. The four raced nose to tail for much of the race before finishing with less than two seconds separating the race winner and the forth placed driver.
The second race was much the same with the top four drivers locked in battle throughout the race. The second race finished in a much more dramatic way than the first, with the results being protested immediately after the race. The results were protested as a result of an incident during the race involving contact between Caruso and Mawer. The protest was upheld and current Championship leader Mawer received a 10 second penalty, dropping him from second place to forth. Subsequently Reindler moved up one spot taking a well deserved 2nd place, his best result in the 2003 Australian Formula 3 Championship to date.
Reindler's results this weekend have seen him move up the Championship points table into 5th place on 98 points.
Reindler's Team BRM team mate, Craig Rundle got away to a slow start in the first race dropping back the order going into the first corner. He was able to fight back well and was up to 8th position at the end of the first lap. Rundle drove well for the remainder of the race, moving up into 7th place during lap 5. In the second race, Rundle suffered gearbox failure in just the forth lap, cutting short his weekend.
Team owner, Bronte Rundle, could not be happier with the performance of the Team this weekend, in particular with the results of Reindler, showing very promising signs for the future.
The final round of the Championship will be held on the second weekend in November at Wakefield Park Raceway in Country New South Wales. With just 10 points separating the top 3 drivers in the Championship, the final round promises to provide some of the most exciting racing Australia has seen all year.
Before then you can catch all the action from today's races on the Seven Network, October 19, 12 noon.
<pre> Championship points: 1 Mawer 200 = Caruso 200 3 Cressey 190 4 Jones 125 5 Reindler 98 6 Hackett 89 7 Fitzgerald 59