POINTS LEAD EXTENDED FOR LEE FARRELL THANKS TO ADELAIDE POLE DOUBLE IN OPES PRIME NATIONAL CLASS Lee Farrell already led the Opes Prime National Class heading into this weekends second round of the Opes Prime Formula 3 National Class at ...
POINTS LEAD EXTENDED FOR LEE FARRELL THANKS TO ADELAIDE POLE DOUBLE IN OPES PRIME NATIONAL CLASS
Lee Farrell already led the Opes Prime National Class heading into this weekends second round of the Opes Prime Formula 3 National Class at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide -- but he thought he might just like two more points before tackling the demanding street circuit in race conditions.
Farrell took a pair of Class pole positions today on a circuit he described as 'Awesome, really challenging and great to drive."
"It's nice to get my first class poles in the team's home race, and get some more points for the championship," Farrell enthused, after qualifying on top of his class and 9th overall for both races this weekend.
"This track is fantastic to drive on and the car is pretty good. So far it's been performing well and we were able to set a good lap in both sessions and hold on afterwards to get pole position. It's going to be tough this weekend but I think we can have a good one."
Farrell led Round one polesitter Chris Reindler in the first qualifying session, his Opes Prime Team BRM car leading fellow Adelaide team R-Tek in the qualifying standings.
Only a crash mid-way through the first session slowed Farrell today, backing his car into the turn-three tyres gently, and causing minor damage to the rear wing.
"I just got crossed up on the bumps in the braking zone and the car went around, it wasn't too bad." He explained.
Samantha Reid (#52 TanderSport) will line up third for her first Formula 3 race on the Adelaide street circuit after posting a strong performance in qualifying one, her 1m22.8423s lap just four-tenths behind Reindler.
The TanderSport driver improved her time by eight-tenths of a second in the second session to line up sixth in class for race two on Sunday.
In qualifying two Farrell held off a resurgent Daniel Schulz, who took his #24 CMA Recycling Astuti Motorsport Dallara -- Renault to a strong run in the second session after struggling with brake problems earlier in the day.
Just two tenths of a second split Schulz from the pole winner, the Victorian driver ruing a last-ditch attempt at pole gone wrong.
"I was up on the split times on the very last lap of the session," Schulz said.
"There was some traffic coming into the final corner and unfortunately I made contact and we came off the track. It's a shame because the car was good and things were going well up to that stage."
Mathew Radisich locked away third on the class grid for race two, resurgent today after his team was forced to change an overheating engine after Thursday practice.
Friday fast man Chris Gilmour was fourth in class in both sessions after battling fuel pressure problems -- he'll be looking for one of his trademark good starts tomorrow to jump up the order.
A strong recovery saw Justin Tate rebound from just one lap yesterday -- his Scud Racing Dallara F301 had ECU problems -- to take a strong Trophy Class pole position.
Unfortunately for the young Victorian his engine failed towards the end of the session which left Andrew Mill to capitalize -- taking class pole in race two and a stunning 15th outright.
Race one will be held at 12:55pm tomorrow afternoon.