AUSF3: Albert Park Friday report

WINSLOW, MACROW ON THE PODIUM AS MORE DRAMA UNFOLDS AT ALBERT PARK Whilst Brazilian driver Bruno Senna dominated today's second Dodo F3 race at the Formula 1 Fosters Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, James Winslow and Tim Macrow continued...


Whilst Brazilian driver Bruno Senna dominated today's second Dodo F3 race at the Formula 1 Fosters Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, James Winslow and Tim Macrow continued their strong weekends by finishing on the podium.

British driver Winslow and local ace Tim Macrow both scored their second podiums of the weekend, continually improving performances highlighting strong efforts by their respective teams this weekend.

Winslow backed up his race one victory by another strong run today, taking advantage of the greasy conditions on the seventh -- the race was shortened by a lap due to the conditions -- and final lap of the race to slip by Macrow and score yet another strong result for the weekend.

"The tyre pressures were down so the car wasn't as fast as it could have been," he explained.

"The track conditions were a lot cooler than they were yesterday and the car just wasn't quite as good. We'll fix that for tomorrow and keep on improving.

"It would have been nice to have been able to win again but it just wasn't going to be this time around.

"We are still improving and again my times were closer to the leaders, so I'm looking forward to the final two races to keep on improving." Winslow enthused.

Macrow was just as happy with his podium effort, another solid result adding to what is becoming a strong year for the quietly spoken Victorian driver.

Macrow has been the highest local driver on both occasions this weekend following Astuti Motorsport driver Michael Trimble's exclusion from yesterday's results following a collision with Chris Alajajian.

"I think we're punching above our weight this weekend," Macrow said of his vicbet.com sponsored Dallara's performance.

"I got passed by Bruno at Turn three because the car didn't pull up as well as I expected. We were bedding in some new brake pads and they weren't as good as I expected at that early stage of the race.

"The start was good, though -- they have been good all season," he added.

"We'll keep going as hard as we can for the rest of the weekend."

Michael Trimble's tough weekend continued today, coming back through the field after stating from the back of the 22-car field.

The Victorian driver finished sixth today -- but could have finished on the podium if not for an off on the penultimate lap in the greasy conditions.

"The corner weights were all out after the hit we had yesterday, so we were locking brakes all over the place," he explained.

Leanne Tander had a strong and consistent run today to finish fourth, continuing to improve following a tough day yesterday that saw her loose the opening session of the day -- immediately putting her behind the eight ball.

A consistent Ricky Occhipinti was fifth, whilst Graeme Holmes put in a stunning performance in his Dallara F398 to top trophy class honors and finish an incredible seventh outright.

"I just kept it on the road while some of the younger and more aggressive drivers fell off in the wet conditions," he grinned.

"It was really wet between turn one and turn six and it was pretty slick, but it's a great result, really good."

Tim Berryman, Maher Algadri and Sean Whelan rounded out the top ten after a day that saw a number of drivers strike dramas.

Following a Herculean effort by his Insight F3 crew before today's race, Chris Alajajian didn't even make it to the starting grid this evening after snapping a drive shaft on the formation lap.

After the crash yesterday, Alajajian's torrid weekend continued today and the Sydneysider will be forced to again start from the back of the field in tomorrow's third race.

Melbournian Lauren Gray was another non starter this afternoon, her Scud Racing Dallara loosing an engine yesterday before the opening race.

The locally-based team spent the day rebuilding a replacement unit, but was unable to complete the car in time for today's race -- Gray's only participation today in the F3 driver's Autograph session.

Team BRM's other drivers, Laurent LePage and Jason Vince both endured tough races -- LePage stalling on the grid and Vince enduring a flat battery throughout the race.

Tomorrow's third of four races will be held in the evening at 5:15pm


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Series F3
Drivers Bruno Senna , Chris Alajajian , Tim Macrow , Leanne Tander , Graeme Holmes , Algadri Maher , Lauren Gray