SATISFYING SYDNEY SUCCESS FOR TEAM TOM HIS FIRST RACE in a Formula 3, wings-and-slicks race car on home turf has delivered the goods for Sydney driver Tom Tweedie. Tweedie scored every point available to him during round five of the 2009...
SATISFYING SYDNEY SUCCESS FOR TEAM TOM
HIS FIRST RACE in a Formula 3, wings-and-slicks race car on home turf has delivered the goods for Sydney driver Tom Tweedie.
Tweedie scored every point available to him during round five of the 2009 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship's national class battle at Eastern Creek at the weekend, at the same time mixing it up with the faster championship-class cars as he has done regularly this season.
The 2007-specification F3 cars have a substantial aero advantage over Tweedie's generation-older car but the Hunters Hill-based driver pushed himself and the car to the limit every lap, to show his class.
The net result was not just another huge haul of class points but a satisfying weekend driving at the absolute limit - and all this in just his fifth ever Formula 3 round.
Tweedie qualified his Battery World / Tizzana Vineyards / Team Tom Dallara F304 Renault fifth outright for both races, but comfortably on pole position for the National Class ‘race within a race'.
"Qualifying was excellent!" said Tweedie.
"To be fastest National class car by a large margin and to only be 1-second off the outright pole at Eastern Creek gave the whole team great confidence going into the racing. Eastern Creek is known as a track where the F307's have such a large aerodynamic grip advantage so the results were very pleasing.
"To then go on to win the National Class by over 40-seconds in both races was fantastic. To be able to lap within a second of the leaders best lap times in both races was also very satisfying.
"The team and I worked flat out all weekend to extract every last bit of speed we could out of the car, and there is no doubt that we achieved that," Tweedie added.
"We tried varied high-downforce setting to try and match the championship cars as my earlier model car was struggling for grip by comparison.
"Both races were relatively uneventful but I kept the pace at 110% each and every lap in the hope that, perhaps, one of the cars in front would make a mistake and I could be in a position to capitalise."
Whilst pleased with the results, Tom warned that it was still early days as far as his F3 career was concerned.
"I must remember that this was only my fifth race meeting in an F3 car," he said. "My small team and I are on an enormous learning curve and there is more potential to come. We all can't wait for the next round in Queensland."
The Eastern Creek event was the first time that Tom has competed in his Dallara within an hour of his northern-suburbs' home in Sydney, the close proximity to friends and family allowing them to support his racing at the weekend.
Tom and the entire team would like to thank sponsors Battery World, Tizzana Vineyard and all of the ‘Team Tom' members - with some present to see Sunday's two, 13-lap races.
The next round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers' Championship will be held at Queensland Raceway's V8 Supercar round between August 21-23. Action from the weekends' round will be broadcast on SPEEDWEEK, only on SBS ONE, this Sunday (July 26th) at 1pm.
Tweedie carried an onboard camera for the duration of the event and will surely feature prominently throughout the two races.