Barton Mawer Wins in Ireland! Australian Barton Mawer has returned to the top step on the podium in the 2005 British Formula 3 International Series and closed the gap between himself and the National Class leader this weekend at the Irish round...
Barton Mawer Wins in Ireland!
Australian Barton Mawer has returned to the top step on the podium in the 2005 British Formula 3 International Series and closed the gap between himself and the National Class leader this weekend at the Irish round of the championship held at Mondello Park, west of Dublin.
Race one saw Barton make one of his customary great starts and move up from 4th on the grid to be 2nd in the National Class, directly behind Charlie Hollings and with National Class Championship leader Salvador Duran, behind him. Duran took 2nd place from Barton in the last corner of the first lap and made a lunge at Charlie Hollings into the first corner. This attempt failed as he locked his brakes and hit Hollings forcing them both off the track, ending Hollings race and damaging Duran's car. Barton was forced to take evasive action to avoid the accident resulting in him dropping down the order a few places. He was quickly back on the tail of new class race leader Jonathon Kennard. Barton followed him closely for the rest of the race. Not wanting to risk losing his second position, Barton chose to sit behind Kennard, pushing him hard and forcing him into making a mistake. His moment came when Kennard tangled with a Championship class runner on the final lap of the race. Barton was able to pass Kennard and take the race win and the very valuable 20 championship points.
Starting well back from Nation Class Championship leader, Duran, race two was going to be a harder battle, but Barton was optimistic of scoring another excellent result. The start of the race was marred by an accident at the first corner that saw Barton forced onto the grass to avoid getting caught up in the accident. Duran was also caught out by the accident and dropped right back to fourth place in class to be just ahead of Barton. Barton's race was finished just a few corners later when he was hit by Championship Class runner, Keiko Ihara after she broke too late going into the corner. His car became airborne as a result of being hit by Ihara's car and landed heavily, ripping the tyres from two of the rims forcing a premature end to Barton's weekend.
"Race one was fantastic. The race win was exactly what I needed to get right back into the Championship battle. Being forced out of the second race is very frustrating. We were looking really good today and I was confident of finishing well up the order again and picking up more points to close the gap to Duran. We have our work cut out for us in the final round at Silverstone, but I am looking forward to fighting for the Championship to the very end"
With just two races left the National Class Championship is too close to call with Barton trailing Championship leader Duran by just 24 points. The final round of the Championship will be run in three weeks time at the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone.