It was a tough weekend for TanderSport at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Round two of the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship didn't go to plan for drivers' Leanne Tander and Samantha Reid, but positives can be found from what ended up...
It was a tough weekend for TanderSport at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
Round two of the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship didn't go to plan for drivers' Leanne Tander and Samantha Reid, but positives can be found from what ended up being a destructive weekend on the 3.2km street circuit.
Improving pace throughout the weekend for Tander and a strong debut in the Opes Prime National Class for Reid were bright points in an event that can best be described as character-building for the team.
Tander struggled for car speed in qualifying but raced strongly in race one to finish where she started, in sixth position.
In race two she was an unwilling participant in a massive crash that eliminated the #42 TanderSport car and two other championship class competitors in one hit.
Earl Bamber's car had ridden the kerb exiting turn nine and subsequently was veered across the racetrack. Tander tagged Bamber with her rear wheel as she passed to the left, looking for clear track.
Unfortunately, Bamber then tagged his team mate Nathan Caratti who was veered into the wall -- right into the path of Tander's Dallara. The impact caused damage to three corners, a nose box, underfloor and other ancillary components of the F307-Mercedes car.
Samantha Reid's debut with TanderSport was positive -- qualifying her car a strong third in class for race one in the ultra competitive F3 'race within a race'.
She then improved her lap time further in the second session and was running inside the class top five in race one before an unfortunate spin at the final corner dropped her to sixth in her class at the flag.
In race two Reid lost time with an incident at the hairpin early in the race, dropping as low as 19th place; but she recovered strongly and -- setting lap times as quick as the class leaders -- raced back to 10th overall and 3rd in the National Class.
As a result Reid sits 7th in the Opes Prime National Class with 16 points, whilst Tander is 6th in the overall battle with 19.
Round 3 of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be held at Oran Park Raceway, in Sydney, on April 25 -- 27.
Leanne Tander - #42 TanderSport Dallara F307 Mercedes Benz
"It was a really disappointing weekend. I know that the car and I am good enough to run at the front," Leanne Tander said.
"To be back in sixth and eighth in qualifying was not a good enough result for me. I was, however, pretty happy with the improvements on the car for the second race -- I had moved up to seventh and was feeling confident that I was going to be able to move up a spot or two but then (The incident with Caratti and Bamber) happened and I was in the wall.
"I just had no where to go. I went left to try and stay away but my rear clipped earl. I felt like I could carry on but then Caratti's car came in front of me and that was it.
"These things happen when you race on a street circuit; It's disappointing and expensive but unfortunately, unavoidable."
Samantha Reid - #52 TanderSport Dallara F304 Spiess Opel
"I'm very grateful to the team for allowing me to be involved this weekend," Reid said.
"The weekend didn't go the way I would have liked, or the way I had planned, but I think with it being my first meeting with TanderSport you have to get over the dramas and move on. I hope that I can come up with the budget to do better the next time.
"It was frustrating to have pace all weekend but not express it the way I would have liked."
Garth Tander -- TanderSport Co-Owner / Team Manager
"It certainly wasn't a great weekend for the Tanders' in Adelaide," Garth Tander said.
"It's disappointing for Leanne. The speed just wasn't there all weekend and then she was caught up in someone else's' accident. One up side is that a lot of the serious championship contenders' didn't have fantastic weekends either. This result releases all pressure from a championship perspective for Leanne -- now we will just focus on winning as many races as possible and if that happens then the championship should look after itself.
"It was always going to be difficult for Samantha -- traditionally the street circuits like Clipsal and the Grand Prix are very frantic races and there isn't a lot of time to get into a groove.
"I think her speed in qualifying was excellent and the speed she showed over the entire weekend proved that she has the capability to drive these cars very competitively."