The 2nd round of the Australian F3 championship proved just how fickle motor racing can be. After winning the 2nd race of round 1 Team BRM driver Karl Reindler struggled for most of the weekend. Firstly a down on performance engine which ...
The 2nd round of the Australian F3 championship proved just how fickle motor racing can be. After winning the 2nd race of round 1 Team BRM driver Karl Reindler struggled for most of the weekend.
Firstly a down on performance engine which required changing on Friday night coupled with the difficulty for Karl and technical director Ian Richards to get a good balance in the car, resulted in only two 5th place qualifying positions for the races.
The teams new Trophy class driver, Nic Jordan, from NZ confirmed everyone's opinion of him by immediately qualifying the AMS group Dallara 398 on pole for both of his races. Race one had polesitter Ian Dyke get a slow start to allow Peter Hackett to grab the lead. Karl similarly made a slow start in the UTS Dallara 301 Spiess and was 6th into the first lap,
Dyk soon overtook Hackett and dominated the race. Reindler was able to get up to 5th but the slippery shape of the John Pettitt Dallara 396 proved impossible for Karl to pass.
"The cars performance had improved dramatically for that race" said Karl.
Race 2 saw Dyk once again being slow off the line allowing Chris Gilmore to lead, once again Karl s start was slow .
Turn 3 became "hell Corner" with Hackett, Dyk, Pettitt and Carreti all being involved in a crash fest.
Reindler was able to get through the carnage to be third. Just behind was Daniel Pappas who similarly avoided the carnage.
Dyk went to the pits with a flat tyre costing him the race. Gilmore led the race comfortably throughout,but behind him Reindler and Hackett were engaged in a serious battle that would end with both cars sustaining damage.
Gilmore went on to win with Hackett second and Reindler third, however the on track battle has attracted the interest of the stewards so results are provisional.
Nic Jjordan's race was thankfully uneventful.with the young driver comfortably winning his trophy class and finishing 5th outright.