TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS; TWO PODIUMS FOR ASTUTI MOTORSPORT AT PHILLIP ISLAND WITH GT AND F3 SUCCESS. ASTUTI MOTORSPORT has placed cars on the podium in two of Australia's top racing disciplines at the same race meeting. Competing at the weekends' ...
TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS; TWO PODIUMS FOR ASTUTI MOTORSPORT AT PHILLIP ISLAND WITH GT AND F3 SUCCESS.
ASTUTI MOTORSPORT has placed cars on the podium in two of Australia's top racing disciplines at the same race meeting.
Competing at the weekends' Shannons Nationals event at Phillip Island, the Astuti team scored the top results in the Australian GT Championship and also the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship with race and round top three finishes in both.
Aston Martin DBRS9 driver John Kaias continued his recent good form - that saw a win recently at Eastern Creek - continue with third place in an ultra competitive GT round whilst new Astuti motorsport signing Mat Sofi charged to a podium in both F3 races.
Kaias qualified fourth but finished third in each of the three GT races held allowing him to head to the final round of the championship in second position, 31.75 points behind series leader Mark Eddy's Lamborghini. With a late season charge Kaias and the Astuti outfit have doubled their GT Championship point score accumulated in the first three rounds, in just the past two.
Kaias finished third in all three races at Phillip Island in extremely difficult conditions, including a rain affected second race where he - and the other leaders - stopped for wet tyres and then flew though the field on a race restart to jump from as low as 13th to his eventual third place finish at the line.
In Formula 3 Astuti returned to running a three car operation, and it was Mat Sofi who led the way with a pair of strong podium finishes.
Whist the team adapted themselves to Sofi's Mugen Honda-powered Dallara, the Sydney driver produced one of his more impressive race performances to finish third in race one, and third in the second race by just 0.03s.
Sofi moved to fourth in the championship and continues to move closer to scoring his maiden F3 race victory with his performance at the weekend.
Fellow Astuti Motorsport drivers Maher Algadri - who joined the team for the round - and Ray Chamberlain also had good weekends and finished both races.
Team owner Sam Astuti said that the logistical hard work involved in running cars in two series had paid off at the weekend.
"With the tough conditions thanks to the weather and some of the calls we had to make it was a really tough weekend - but we got there and the results in the end were very positive," he said.
"John drove really well in the Aston and to come away with three podiums from three races is a great effort. It was great for him to be able to race John Bowe and race with him but he scored good points for the championship which was a good result.
"Mat did a great job and I think that's probably the best he has driven," Astuti said of his F3 campaign.
"We only had the car for a week and we are still working out what it likes because it's a lot different to the cars I had worked with this season. The conditions were tough and third places were a good result given the build up and the weekend itself.
"Ray and Maher had a great time and I know Ray is particularly keen to head to Symmons Plains for his home race!"
The next - and final - round of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star will be held between September 19 - 21 at Symmons Plains raceway in Tasmania.
The final round of the Australian GT Championship will be held at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne between November 28 - 30.