TRIMBLE SWITCHES TEAMS FOR FORMULA 3 SEASON-ENDERS AUSTRALIAN Formula 3 front-runner Michael Trimble will switch teams for the final two rounds of this year's Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship. The Melbourne-based 21-year-old will...
TRIMBLE SWITCHES TEAMS FOR FORMULA 3 SEASON-ENDERS
AUSTRALIAN Formula 3 front-runner Michael Trimble will switch teams for the final two rounds of this year's Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship.
The Melbourne-based 21-year-old will move from Team BRM to Astuti Motorsport for the final two rounds of the series. The first supports the Australian round of the A1 Grand Prix series at Eastern Creek in November while the second will also be at the Sydney venue, albeit in December.
Sitting second in the championship and needing a miracle for series leader Aaron Caratti to lose the series, Trimble has taken the decision to make a change in a bid to increase his competitiveness and round out his debut year in the category on a high.
The main difference between the two teams is the engines. Team BRM use Opel- Speiss powerplants, while Astuti Motorsport, run by former open wheel racer Sam Astuti, uses Renault engines. It's this change Trimble believes will help turn the tide.
"I enjoyed my time with Team BRM and we achieved a lot in my first season of racing Formula 3," said Trimble.
"The guys were fantastic to work with and there's absolutely no ill- feelings with me wanting to make a change.
"Over the last few rounds we've really struggled for outright pace and, although I'm not too sure how much of it is related to engines, I just wanted to find out for myself what a change could do.
"Given the championship fight is all but over, there's nothing on the line and that gives me a chance to see what I can do in different equipment."
Trimble plans to re-join Team BRM to compete in the Formula Renault support races at the Macau Grand Prix in November. While still in the early stages of planning, it's an event Trimble has every intention of attempting to put together a program for.
He will test for the first time with Astuti Motorsport at Eastern Creek at the end of September in its 2004 Dallara.