TANDER AIMS HIGH AHEAD OF CRUCIAL SYMMONS PLAINS F3 ROUND The outright lead of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship sits well within the reach of Fleetcare TanderSport driver Leanne Tander at next weekends round at Symmons Plains...
TANDER AIMS HIGH AHEAD OF CRUCIAL SYMMONS PLAINS F3 ROUND
The outright lead of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship sits well within the reach of Fleetcare TanderSport driver Leanne Tander at next weekends round at Symmons Plains Raceway, in Tasmania.
The penultimate round of the Australian Drivers Championship -- featuring the inaugural Country Club Tasmania Formula 3 SuperPrix race -- will have Tander entering the weekend just 11-points from the series lead after recording a stunning victory at Phillip Island three weeks ago.
Tander's second race win of the year came in wet conditions at the high-speed Phillip Island circuit, Leanne taking her #42 TanderSport Dallara F304 from third to first in the space of two laps with a series of stunning overtaking moves.
The 2.2km Symmons Plains circuit will pose a different set of challenges for Tander, Leanne having to contend with a completely different style of circuit and a longer race: the 30 lap Country Club Tasmania Super Prix offering over $5000 in prizes and the newly created John Bowe Trophy to drivers when it is held on Sunday afternoon.
Race one will be contested over 24 laps on Sunday morning making it a big day's work at the tight Tassie circuit.
After a difficult run at Symmons last season, Tander said that she expects to perform in season 2007.
"I want to get there and go well," Leanne said.
"Last year when we were there (in April) it was just the second round championship and the third for our team and I don't think that we had the car as well sorted as we do now. I also think that I'm driving much better now compared to last season so even though we didn't get the results last season I think that we have the potential to do well this year.
"I'm quietly confident that I'll be right up there somewhere at the front." She added.
With many race drivers' affections towards Australia's respective racing circuits generally hinging on how they went the last time they visited, Tander said that she wants the chance to enjoy Tasmania's premier circuit this time around.
"I didn't really get the opportunity to enjoy the track last season. I wasn't performing and was putting a lot of pressure on myself so when you're like that enjoyment isn't at the top of the list," she explained.
"But now I'm (more) confident in myself and confident in the car I'm looking forward to going back. It's a great little track and I'm looking forward to getting on it and get to enjoy it."
In the thick of the closest race for the championship in years, Tander said that she is prioritising the championship battle over the additional bounties on offer for the weekend's Country Club Tasmania SuperPrix race -- noting that winning all races was the key.
"I'm in a position to win the championship and at this point of the year I have to try and win every single race -- no one event is more important than another when it comes to the championship itself," she explained.
"It would, however, be nice to look back at the end of the season -- championship win or not -- and have the Country Club Tasmania SuperPrix and John Bowe Trophy on the records for the year.
"I'm aiming for both -- there are great rewards on offer this weekend and I'm looking forward to trying to get them, and hopefully the championship lead as well!"
Fleetcare TanderSport will be in action throughout the coming week in Tasmania -- testing at Symmons Plains on Tuesday before the seventh round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be held between August 31 and September 2 at Symmons Plains.
The event will culminate in the 30-lap Country Club Tasmania Formula 3 SuperPrix on Sunday afternoon.