LEANNE TANDER RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF HER FINEST F3 DRIVE "I was on a mission, the red mist had descended and no-one was going to stop me from coming though that field!" These words from Leanne Tander sum up one of her best ever ...
LEANNE TANDER RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF HER FINEST F3 DRIVE
"I was on a mission, the red mist had descended and no-one was going to stop me from coming though that field!"
These words from Leanne Tander sum up one of her best ever performances behind the wheel of a race car.
Last July at Mallala Raceway in South Australia Leanne charged from the back of the field to a stunning second position in one of the best races of the 2007 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship -- and this year she is hoping to go one better.
Leanne was involved in a first -- lap altercation with championship rival Tim Macrow in last years' first race at Mallala, held in challenging wet / dry conditions.
Despite suffering damage to her front wing and dropping to ninth position, the TanderSport driver cut a swathe through the competitive field to jump from ninth on lap five to second position twelve laps later.
It was one of her best ever drives and this weekend she returns to Mallala looking to build on a strong performance at Oran Park, recently, where she took her first race win of the 2008 season and leaped into fourth in the championship standings.
Leanne, driving the #42 TanderSport Dallara F307 Mercedes Benz, has scored 48 points after more than doubling her existing score at Oran Park.
Leanne has fond memories of her drive from behind last season and hopes to draw on that when she returns to the track to again do battle, this weekend.
"I was pretty happy with the drive," she said.
"After the first lap altercation nothing was going to stop me. I just wanted to get as far forward as possible. The aim was to win -- but second was a great result given the circumstances and overall it was pretty satisfying. I learnt a lot about the track that day, and a lot about racing there. I think that can help me this weekend."
Leanne Tander and her TanderSport crew will test tomorrow (Wednesday) prior to tackling the competitive Australian Drivers' championship field at the weekend, the team confident of a strong return performance at Mallala.
"We tested very well there before the Clipsal 500, though the temperature then was 45 degrees so it will mean very different conditions this weekend," she explained.
"Overall we're pretty confident. I like the track -- it's a great circuit to race on because of the many passing opportunities so if you get into situations like I did last year you have a good shot at coming back from them.
"I was pleased to get my first win of the year at Oran Park -- especially after the tough start to the season we had -- and I'm looking forward to both this round at Mallala and the next, at Phillip Island, where I have won before."