Career Defining Week For Reindler. They say that every driver will have a 'defining moment' at some stage during their racing career. For Team BRM Driver Karl Reindler that moment may have come last week, as the 19-year-old West ...
Career Defining Week For Reindler.
They say that every driver will have a 'defining moment' at some stage during their racing career. For Team BRM Driver Karl Reindler that moment may have come last week, as the 19-year-old West Australian completed a successful test with leading British F3 outfit Carlin Motorsport in the United Kingdom.
In a week that included Reindler taking in the British F3 round at Silverstone, a tour through the Jordan F1 factory and a trip to the historic Donnington motor museum, the test was the highlight for the current leader of the Australian Formula 3 Series.
Running at the Pembrey Circuit, Reindler completed two full days of running in the Carlin's latest F304 Dallara in conditions that ranged from dry, to what the team described as being the wettest they had ever seen at the circuit. Despite the weather, a full program of testing was completed and many improvements were made over the course of the weekend.
Martin Stone from Carlin Motorsport indicated that Reindler made quite an impression on the team during the two-day test. "I was very impressed with Karl, and I feel he did a very good job," he said. "The car, circuit and team were all new to him, and he acquitted himself in a very professional manner."
Stone continued to say that he felt the young Australian could have a big future in the ultra-competitive British series. "I feel he has a bright future, to which I know he is very committed to," He explained. "And with a good test program to learn new circuits, the new car and to gel with the team, then I am sure he will be competitive next year."
Karl's engineer for the test was Carlin's Paul Wallace. "I was very impressed with the way he calmly dealt with the test." Wallace commented after the test. "Karl had a good understanding of where he needed to improve, and where we needed to change the car to suit his style."
For Reindler, the step up to the latest model car, a new team and a new track was a massive learning experience.
"I couldn't believe how much I learnt during the test -- I was stunned about how much I picked up about how to drive these cars and really push hard in them. It's going to be good to jump back in the F301 at Mallala because I think I will be able to push it even harder," he said.
Having not turned many laps in wet conditions here in Australia, Reindler made the best of the wet sessions at the Pembrey circuit. "I made the most of the conditions. It was a bit tough on confidence having to drive in the extreme wet conditions at first, but I came to grips with it fairly quickly."
Reindler completed over 300 laps during the test, and was happy with how he felt after completing the sessions. "The team said that they were impressed with my fitness, and when I finished up I felt fine."
"The whole trip was an awesome experience, and I am really happy with how it all went."
Karl Reindler and Team BRM now shift their focus to the penultimate round of the Australian Formula 3 championship, to be held at the team's home track of Mallala raceway in South Australia.
Karl Reindler is supported by Winston Mining, AON insurance, UTS Geophysics and National Tyres.