The "Perfect Day" For Team BRM FROM Friday's first practice session, right through to Sunday's final race, Team BRM dominated the fifth round of the 2004 Australian Formula 3 championship, held at a bitterly cold Eastern Creek raceway in ...
The "Perfect Day" For Team BRM
FROM Friday's first practice session, right through to Sunday's final race, Team BRM dominated the fifth round of the 2004 Australian Formula 3 championship, held at a bitterly cold Eastern Creek raceway in Sydney.
It was "The perfect weekend" for Team BRM's outright Championship contender Karl Reindler, who took his Dallara F301 Speiss -- Opel to both pole positions and both race wins after an utterly dominating drive for the entire event.
In the Yokohama Trophy class, Nic Jordan bounced back from a number of mechanical dramas in qualifying, and a start from pit lane in race two, to end up with yet another pair of Class wins and an outright podium position in the second race.
Such was the dominance of the team, Reindler also cut over two seconds out of the existing F3 lap record around the Sydney Circuit. Jordan also lapped well under the existing best, in the same car that actually set the Eastern Creek lap record back in 2001.
For Karl Reindler, the weekend also put him right back in the championship hunt, as his "perfect score" of two poles and two wins cut the deficit to the series leader down to only 12 points.
"It was such a perfect weekend for us," he commented after the days racing. "I am really happy with the way I drove, but it was a real team effort as well. The car was just so balanced in both the fast and slow corners that I could push hard the whole way."
The weekend also marked the best weekend for Reindler since joining the series in 2003. "I don't think that anyone has had the 'Perfect weekend' like we have since about 2001, so we are all really stoked at the moment. It more than makes up for the disappointment we had at Winton."
Not to be overshadowed, teenage sensation Nic Jordan starred in both races, and further consolidated his Trophy class points lead. Race one saw a determined drive from the rear of the field, as the Dallara F398 Speiss -- Opel was forced to start from pit lane due to a flat battery. Sixth was the final result after a storming drive.
Another Stunning performance in race two saw Jordan drive into third place outright, his first ever outright podium position since joining the series at the second round in May this year.
"It has been, quite simply, a top, top weekend," said team Owner Bronte Rundle. "Both Nic and Karl drove superbly, and just really dominated the event. It was incredible to see Karl win the second race by almost the entire length of the (Eastern Creek) main straight, and then have Nic come home in third place outright as well!"
Despite a brilliant weekend, there will be no time to celebrate as the team heads to Wakefield park for a test next Tuesday (20 / 07 / 04), before returning to the Goulburn track for the sixth round of the championship in just two weeks time.
Race 1 result:
(Position, Car, Race time, best lap)
1. Karl Reindler Dallara 301 17:27.4990 1:25.6907*
2. Ian Dyk Dallara 301 17:35.1454 1:26.3455
3. John Pettit Dallara 396 17:37.4529 1:27.0686
4. Chris Gilmour Dallara 301 17:43.3576 1:27.0037
5. Aaron Caratti Dallara 301 17:43.6477 1:27.0522
6. Nic Jordan (NZ) Dallara 398 17:51.1805 1:26.7720 (First in Trophy Class)
Race 2 results:
(Position, Car, Race time, best lap)
Karl Reindler Dallara 301 17:20.1104 1:25.4156*
Chris Gilmour Dallara 301 17:35.9216 1:26.2973
Nic Jordan (NZ) Dallara 398 17:37.5920 1:26.3129 (First in Trophy Class)
Championship Points : Top 3 Outright
1. Gilmour: 159
2. Reindler: 147
3. Dyk: 138
Championship Points : Top 3 Trophy Class
1. Jordan 174
2. Carrick 112
3. Maddocks 104