KUMHO TYRES AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 3 ALUMNI TO LEAD THE WAY IN A1GP Two successful graduates of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be representing Australia this weekend then they team up to lead A1 Team Australia into battle...
KUMHO TYRES AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 3 ALUMNI TO LEAD THE WAY IN A1GP
Two successful graduates of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be representing Australia this weekend then they team up to lead A1 Team Australia into battle for the second round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
2004 champion Karl Reindler and multiple race winner Ian Dyk will be the Australian team's two nominated drivers for this weekend's round at Brno, in the Czech Republic.
21 year old Reindler, from Perth, and Sydneysider Dyk both have impressive records in the Australian Championship and raced each other in the 2004 championship -- a year won by Reindler.
Reindler won five races en-route to his 2005 championship, Dyk winning three the same year before scoring a spectacular win at the Australian round of the A1GP in November last year in a one-off return to the Australian series.
Following a pre season test with the team, Reindler made his debut for A1 Team Australia in the opening A1GP round at Zandvoort, notching up 25 laps in Friday practice that would prove invaluable in assisting the car to a podium in the hands of Ryan Briscoe.
Reindler was a competitive 11th and 12th quickest respectively in the two practice sessions he contested in the Netherlands, putting him in a good position to continue the team's charge this weekend.
"We had some corner settings that were off, and we did quite a lot of setup work on the car," Reindler said.
"It was a fantastic experience to drive the car at all, and it was great working with the Alan Docking Racing guys again. I've never been there (Brno) before so racing at the track will be tricky, for sure, But I've got a bit of experience with the car and hopefully I can pass some of that on over the weekend." He said.
Dyk recently paid tribute to his time in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship -- suggesting that his competition in the series was a key factor that lead to his selection to test with A1 Team Australia.
"If it wasn't for my time in Australian Formula 3 I don't think I would have been given the opportunity to do the test (With A1 Team Australia)," he said.
"The cars and the series are just so good for preparing you for stepping up into bigger categories like the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport."
The second round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport gets underway this weekend at the demanding Brno circuit in the Czech republic. Australia currently sit 4th in the championship after the opening round in the Netherlands.
For more information about the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star head to www.formula3.com.au
The final round of the 2006 championship will be held at Oran Park in Late October.