ASTUTI MOTORSPORT CONFIRMS EXPANSION WITH ASH SAMADI AND NEW CAR Astuti Motorsport is pleased to announce a long-term partnership with Ash Samadi that will see the team expand to a two-car championship class program this season. After making...
ASTUTI MOTORSPORT CONFIRMS EXPANSION WITH ASH SAMADI AND NEW CAR
Astuti Motorsport is pleased to announce a long-term partnership with Ash Samadi that will see the team expand to a two-car championship class program this season.
After making his F3 debut at Oran Park recently, Samadi and Astuti motorsport will step up to the mark in 2008 after confirming the recent purchase of a new Dallara F307 chassis from top British team Raikkonen-Robertson racing.
Samadi will contest round four of the championship at Mallala this weekend in his existing National Class Astuti Motorsport / Shell Racing Solutions Dallara F304, before stepping into the new chassis from round five of the championship at Phillip Island, in June.
To be powered by a Renault engine, Astuti Motorsport will enter the car with support from team sponsor Segafredo and apartmenthotel.com.au with the long-term aim of contesting for the 2009 championship season.
The new chassis will be airfreighted from Europe within the next week in order to have the car prepared in time for the June round at Phillip Island, where Astuti Motorsport will run at least three cars; potentially more.
New Astuti Motorsport driver James Winslow currently leads the championship in the worlds only Renault-powered Dallara F307 after a triumphant race two win at Oran Park recently.
The success was proof of the Renault engines capability of competing with the Mercedes and Honda powerplants that currently dominate the championship class of the Australian Championship.
Winslows' win came after an incredibly short yet successful build program and a race against time to ready the ex-Hitech, British F3 championship winning car that only arrived weeks prior to the third round of the series.
Samadi made his F3 debut at the same round and overcame a disappointing first race to finish on the class podium in the second -- after only one day of practice and testing before the event and a background centred on Porsche / GT racing.
Today's announcement continues a recent sign of growth for Astuti Motorsport, following its expansion into Sports / GT Racing with John Kaias and the Aston Martin DBRS9, and the recent move into a new workshop in Melbourne.
"We are thrilled to announce this long term partnership with Ash," Team owner Sam Astuti enthused.
"Ash took to the Formula 3 car like a duck to water at Oran Park and I think he surprised a lot of people. After that strong performance we began talking further and put the deal together to get a new car into the country as soon as possible.
"We will spend the remainder of this season working with him and getting the new car up to speed, with the aim of contesting for the 2008 Championship. With only one test day we had James' new car up to speed very quickly at Oran Park and the team is working around the clock to do the same for Ash.
"This is a very exciting time for Astuti Motorsport," he added. "It will be great to run two F307s in the championship and we are very happy that this is a long term program that gives our team a very strong foundation to continue the growth we have had."
Samadi said he was excited to be continuing his F3 odyssey.
"It's very exciting. When Sam rang to say that he could get another '07 car in the country for me to drive it didn't take me long to say yes!" he said.
"My first experience of Formula 3 was fantastic. I had never considered running Open Wheelers but after my first drive I was so impressed with how good the car really is -- I was hooked!
"The car is great and I'm really enjoying the team and the series. I was very impressed by the fact that so many people from other teams offered help after my crash at Oran Park to get us back out for race two, that was really good.
"Sam has made a big commitment by bringing in the new car for me to drive; I hope to repay that faith he is showing by giving him some results."
Astuti Motorsport intends to continue its successful National Class program for the remainder of this years' series and is currently on the hunt for drivers to drive the F304 entry at Phillip Island and beyond.