Team BRM have successfully completed their first international F3 series round, after competing successfully in a round of the Asian F3 championship held at the Subic Bay circuit in the Philippines. The deal to run one of the teams...
Team BRM have successfully completed their first international F3 series round, after competing successfully in a round of the Asian F3 championship held at the Subic Bay circuit in the Philippines.
The deal to run one of the teams currently un-used Australian series cars was negotiated by team engineer Craig Rundle, who worked in the Asian series last year.
Asian F3 series organisers are keen to develop their championship, and Team BRM saw a business opportunity arise to run the car in the championship.
The meeting got off to a disastrous beginning when Australian driver Aaron Caratti had a big crash early in Thursday testing session. This necessitated parts being obtained from overseas and the car was unable to be repaired until last practice on Friday.
Unfortunately, a very poor quality set of new tyres saw Caratti struggle for grip, meaning no useful data was gained out of the first two days of the meeting.
An uneventful day on Saturday saw Aaron learning the track, and 9th place in Qualifying was the result at the end of the day.
A change of gear ratios for Sunday's warm up improved the car and immediately Aaron shot up the order, registering the 4th quickest time.
After a good start Aaron quickly moved into 6th place and was challenging for 5th until a big accident brought out the safety car. Fortunately, the race finished under Yellows, as Aaron's car had suffered a broken exhaust pipe and was loosing power. It was, however, a strong start to the weekend.
After starting from 4th place, Aaron soon found himself challenging for 3rd. Unfortunately, the driver ahead of Caratti missed a gear and promptly spun, causing Aaron to spin in avoidance. Chaos resulted when the car behind also spun, the track becoming blocked. By the time Aaron recovered and rejoined the circuit he was in 8th place, which is where he finished.
Team engineer Craig Rundle, and Team manager Mark Rundle both gave credit to Damien Allen who was in charge of car preparation.
They also offered their thanks to other teams for assisting with repairs and to the organizers, in particular Eddy Penna, Mark Goddard and Edgen De Lycia, for their assistance in ensuring Team BRM was able to compete in the Championship.
A decision has been made to leave the car in the Philippines and subject to budget and sponsorship the team will look at contesting further rounds of the Championship.
The next round is in Beijing, August 14th - 18th.
The team congratulates Christian Jones on his two victories at this round.