SECOND A PROMISING START FOR ALAJAJIAN'S SYDNEY WEEKEND A mechanical problem has prevented Protecnica Racing's Chris Alajajian from finding his full potential around Eastern Creek Raceway on an otherwise strong day to kick off round 5 of the...
SECOND A PROMISING START FOR ALAJAJIAN'S SYDNEY WEEKEND
A mechanical problem has prevented Protecnica Racing's Chris Alajajian from finding his full potential around Eastern Creek Raceway on an otherwise strong day to kick off round 5 of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.
On a glorious winter day in Sydney, Alajajian, who enters the round third in the points, started the weekend the best possible fashion. He topped the timesheets in the opening practice session, with a lap time of 1:26.7892 around the 3.93km circuit, in what is just the teams second round running the Renault-Sodemo Dallara F304.
After setup work conducted on the car between sessions, Alajajian was able to improve his times by another half a second in early stages of the second practice session, before a gearbox problem cut short his running in the 45 minute session.
"It's a bit of a shame, we were getting faster as the day went on," the 18 year old Sydneysider said. "The fastest time I set today was from when we went out in the first part of the second session.
"I came into the pits to make some more adjustments and improve the car, which was the plan all along, looking to find some more time. After going back out onto the track, just as everything was getting back up to temperature and the times were starting to come down again, a gearbox seal popped."
Some consolation to the Protecnica outfit, though, was that they were able to complete a productive day of work, and continued to learn about the finer details of Formula 3.
"We were making a lot of adjustments during the day, and I was finding the limits as we went along with each lap as the times improved," Alajajian said.
"We reached the laptimes that we set out to achieve today, but there is still some more time to be found in the car, which we can hopefully find with some changes between now qualifying."
Qualifying sessions take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 10:30am and 2:15pm, in preparation for Sunday's 13 lap races, the second of which will be the 100th Australian Formula 3 race.
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Eastern Creek Combined Practice Top 6
1 Aaron Caratti - 1:25.1284
2 Chris Alajajian - 1:26.2861
3 Michael Trimble - 1:26.6561
4 Chris Gilmour - 1:26.8348
5 Matt Sofi - 1:26.9797
6 Stephen Borness - 1:28.7899