FORMULA FORD STARS TAKE THE FORMULA 3 FAST-TRACK TWO YOUNG STARS of the Australian Formula Ford Championship have made their first steps into local wings-and-slicks racing today as practice began for round six of the 2010 Formula 3 Australian...
FORMULA FORD STARS TAKE THE FORMULA 3 FAST-TRACK
TWO YOUNG STARS of the Australian Formula Ford Championship have made their first steps into local wings-and-slicks racing today as practice began for round six of the 2010 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship at Eastern Creek.
Nick Foster and Nathan Morcom, currently third and ninth, respectively, in the 2010 championship, are both making their Formula 3 debuts at the 3.9km Sydney track this weekend in the penultimate round of the 2010 Gold Star.
Both drivers took their first laps this morning in wet conditions, before conditions improved in the second session to give them some dry running.
The pair ended the day within three-tenths of a second of each other, Foster 8th in the dry session and Morcom 9th. Championship leader Ben Barker was quickest, ahead of returning Astuti Motorsport driver Mat Sofi and Mitch Evans. Tom Tweedie was fourth.
"It's a big learning curve but I think I'm coming to grips with it so far," Nick Foster said.
"It's very different to what I have been driving but I'm pretty confident that I can step up and work towards the front. I'm getting the hang of it."
Foster, who is driving the Steeline Astuti Motorsport Dallara F307 this weekend, said the braking and aero capabilities of the Formula 3 cars were the biggest steps up from his Formula Ford.
"The braking is the biggest thing; you need to have the bravery to brake in as late as you can. You can brake at 50m and get on the throttle early and still get around the corner, it's impressive.
"I'm not here to win," he added.
"But I'm here to learn and enjoy the weekend and get some miles in something different to see where we are at."
The day didn't go completely to plan for the young Brisbane driver, however, having spent the previous night in hospital after a bout of food poisoning.
"It was pretty bad - but I have been on a drip so I should get better over the weekend. I was pretty exhausted after that second session, so it's not been ideal preparation!"
Morcom was a last minute call-up to the second R-Tek Motorsport car, joining John Magro in the two-car squad.
"It was a last minute deal but it's a good way to fill the gap between Formula Ford rounds," he said.
"It's been a good start. I've just been working my way into it but it's going well so far. The car is good to drive - very different to the Ford.
"I've done two rounds in the Toyota Racing Series so it's not completely unknown to me but those cars move around more, in an F3 car you need to drive with the aero more.
"It's good to keep sharp and a good opportunity to drive these cars and see what it's all about."
Ben Barker topped the dry practice session this afternoon, whilst Mitch Evans was quickest in the wet this morning.
Mat Sofi was second on his F3 comeback, ahead of Evans and Tom Tweedie.
Tomorrow features Meguiar's qualifying and the first of two sprint races, before the 14-lap feature concludes the penultimate round of the 2010 championship on Sunday.
-source: aus f3