AUSF3: Team BRM early season update 2006-04-14

WINS APLENTY FOR TEAM BRM IN THREE WEEK SUCCESSFUL STRETCH The old saying that Success breeds contempt can certainly be disregarded when it comes to talking about Adelaide-based Formula 3 team BRM. Instead, early season success in the 2006 ...


The old saying that Success breeds contempt can certainly be disregarded when it comes to talking about Adelaide-based Formula 3 team BRM.

Instead, early season success in the 2006 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship has only bread more glory this year, the team having a wonderfully successful stretch since the 2006 racing season kicked off at Wakefield Park six weeks ago.

In the eight Australian Formula races contested so far this season -- Four championship and four non championship -- Team BRM has tasted the champagne in six of them, only loosing out in one race at the Grand Prix and one at Symmons Plains raceway last weekend.

The success has come in one of the busiest periods for the team this season, three race meetings in three weeks in two different categories throwing the team one of its biggest challenges for some time.

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With international driver Bruno Senna joining the team for the Formula 1 -- Fosters Australian Grand Prix, Team BRM's John Deere / Gawler Farm Machinery Dallara scored three more race wins in the hand of the flying Brazilian superstar-to-be, backing up it's sweep of the opening championship round.

The 'Senna Factor' saw the Team BRM garage that housed thee #4 entry swamped by fans for the duration of the event, the fan hype surrounding Ayrton's nephew a significant boost for both the profile of the team and the series as a whole.

Team BRM ran three cars at the event, Victorian driver Laurent LePage and Sydney-based Queenslander Jason Vince driving the sister cars to that of Senna.

LePage, in just his first ever race in a Formula 3 car, impressed with his quick ability to learn the cars and the circuit, carding strong results inside the top ten despite his relative experience that is limited to Karting and Formula Ford competition.

"I was really happy to have scored the results we did given my experience in the cars," LePage said afterwards.

"The team and the car have just been fantastic and I've outdone all of my expectations I had coming into the weekend."

Vince, behind the wheel of the Kings Transport supported Dallara that he drove at the opening round of the 2006 championship, sported Shane Warne Foundation signage on his car at the Grand Prix and probably could have done with some of the Spin King's Bowling luck after enduring a difficult weekend with a number of races plagued with electrical dramas.

The 25-year-old former Karting champion would rebound, however, at the following round in Tasmania.

"It was a great experience, a real once of a lifetime thing to have Bruno Senna driving a Formula 3 car in Australia," Team owner Bronte Rundle said.

"It was a great opportunity for Bruno to drive another circuit, work with another team and experience a different way of going motor racing compared to what he is used to. I think it was defiantly a worthwhile experience."

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Team BRM Driver Ben Clucas came agonizingly close to smashing the 26-year-old lap record at the 2.41km-long Symmons Plains circuit in Tasmania last weekend.

The 21-year-old Championship leader came within four 100s of Alf Costanzo's longstanding record at the circuit outside of Launceston in a weekend that saw the round 1 winner continue his stunning form at the top of the Australian Formula 3 charts.

Clucas won a thrilling opening race, trading fastest lap times with the pursuing Chris Alajajian to record a two-second victory, his third for the season.

The second race was even more dramatic, Clucas racing his way into the lead by lap 7 after starting the race from third.

Unfortunately a cracked exhaust following his march to the front sapped Clucas' Dallara of power, dropping him to third by race's end but securing him a consistent haul of championship points in his quest to be the first non-Australian to win the Australian F3 title.

"I was pleased with the pace that we had in Tasmania," Clucas said.

"It was good to work my way into the lead of the race after only six or seven laps. We had struggled with pace in Qualifying two on Saturday and it was good to have found it for both of the races Sunday.

"Unfortunately the cracked exhaust meant the car lost a lot of power and I wasn't even sure that I was going to finish.

"I drove for points and made sure that we kept a good margin for the championship." He said.

Clucas leads the championship by 16 points -- the same margin he held after the opening round at Wakefield Park -- after contesting two of eight rounds scheduled this season.

Jason Vince rebounded from a difficult run at the Grand Prix the week prior to post his best ever Formula 3 performance in just his fourth meeting with the team.

After a heavy shunt in testing restricted the number of laps available to him on Wednesday, Vince qualified strongly at Symmons Plains and briefly held down third place in race one after a fantastic start.

Vince scored a pair of top seven finishes at Symmons Plains, lapping closer to the leaders than ever before in his Kings Transport-supported Dallara.

Vince now sits seventh in the championship on 15 points, whilst Ben Clucas leads Trimble by 16.

The next round of the championship will be contested at Victoria's Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in late May.

- www.teambrm.com.au

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Series F3
Drivers Ben Clucas , Bruno Senna , Chris Alajajian , Phillip Island