FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT LEANNE TANDER'S 2007 F3 SEASON Five rounds down, three to go - Fleetcare TanderSport will tackle the sixth round of the 2007 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship at Phillip Island this weekend with Leanne Tander ...
FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT LEANNE TANDER'S 2007 F3 SEASON
Five rounds down, three to go - Fleetcare TanderSport will tackle the sixth round of the 2007 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship at Phillip Island this weekend with Leanne Tander poised just nine points from the championship lead.
2007 has produced one of Leanne's most consistently strong racing seasons and as such she sits well positioned to make a run at the Australian Drivers Championship throughout the course of the final three rounds.
Following are five storylines about Tander's 2007 season now the second half of the year is well and truly underway.
1. The Stats Speak for themselves.
This season has seen Leanne rack up an impressive tally of statistics.
In 12 championship race starts, she has won once, stood on the podium a total of five times and never finished lower than 6th. Since the second race of the year she has only finished outside the top four on two occasions.
Leanne has already matched her 2006 points tally for an entire season (118) in just five rounds of racing.
"It's certainly been a strong year for us, results wise," Leanne said. "But I'm very aware that I need to win races to win this championship. The points gap between first and seconds mean that the difference between winning and not can make or break the championship. I know it will be close for the rest of the year but it we can keep the consistency up its looking good."
2. That Winning Feeling
When Fleetcare TanderSport visited Phillip Island for round three of the championship in May this year, Leanne's race two win -- the first for any female in the 51 year history of the Australian Drivers Championship - was her first in Formula 3 racing.
It was her first Australian championship race win since tasting success in the Australian Production Car Championship in 2004. She did, however, ruthlessly dominate Improved Production car racing in the meantime racing her Mazda RX-7 to many wins across Australia.
Leanne also scored her second career F3 pole position at Eastern Creek recently, topping the charts by less than one-tenth of a second.
Said Leanne: "It's always great to win, but Phillip Island in May was fantastic. We're back there this weekend and it's a circuit I love and one that I know we are very strong at. We were close at Mallala and very close at Eastern Creek. It'd be great to win there again."
3. Fitness the key
Racing drivers are now more often recognised as elite athletes than ever before. Leanne is no different, carrying out a week-long training program to ensure she is in top physical condition to sustain the rigours of Formula 3 competition.
Despite their small size and relative horsepower deficit to some other categories, Formula 3 cars are the fastest in the country and thanks to the level of downforce and grip they produce, exert significant forces on the body each and every time they are driven.
As such Leanne's training program is centred around physical strength and endurance, as well as ensuring the neck muscles are strong enough to withstand lateral forces of up to 3G at Phillip Island.
Leanne also lists boxing as one of her favourite ways to stay in shape.
4. An Island Challenge
As the fastest circuit on the calendar Phillip Island poses some unique challenges for drivers -- and plenty of rewards, according to Tander.
"I have been there in a V8, a Formula Ford and many others but the F3 car is the most enjoyable to drive there," She said.
"I have always been quick there in anything I've driven -- I've always been in the front couple. It's certainly a gutsy circuit -- even with the extra grip and aero of an F3 car the circuit still requires that little bit extra from the diver to get the most out of the car.
" My driving style, naturally, is smooth and flowing and I think it's natural to drive the way that really suits Phillip Island."
5. Five things you didn't know about Leanne Tander
- Leanne has a bachelor of commerce (Accounting and Finance). - Her road car is a HSV VXR Astra - Despite her success at Phillip Island of late, she lists Oran Park as her favourite circuit. - Her favourite bands are Stereophonics and The Killers. - Leanne won her first race in 1994 -- 13 years ago -- in Karting.
Round 6 of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be contested over two, 14-lap races at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit this weekend.