A pair of fourths for Trimble in less than satisfying Sydney outing. EASTERN CREEK - Sunday, July 24th, 2005 -- SUCCESS in their 100th race was obviously just not meant to happen for Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 operation Team BRM,...
A pair of fourths for Trimble in less than satisfying Sydney outing.
EASTERN CREEK - Sunday, July 24th, 2005 -- SUCCESS in their 100th race was obviously just not meant to happen for Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 operation Team BRM, driver Michael Trimble enduring a difficult outing at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway's championship round today.
After qualifying his #20 Elf Fuels / U Drive / Autosport Dallara F304 Speiss third and second respectively for the two races today, the 20 year old Victorian driver was confident that he would be able to at least score a solid haul of points if not challenge for victory against what is an increasingly competitive F3 field.
However it wasn't to be -- a spin whilst pushing hard on lap four of the opening race dropped Trimble to fifth place before he recovered to an eventual 4th at the finish. Race two was little better -- an unfortunate stall on the start of the race relegating him to last place in the 14-car field.
A subsequent charge through the field followed, Trimble making up seven places in four laps in what was a very competitive charge through the field -- proving his potential that he has shown time and time again this season. Michael displaced Matt Sofi with three laps remaining to move into yet another fourth place, taking a solid points haul from the weekend despite it being at least three places from where he expected to finish.
Despite the disappointing result in today's race, the team was still able to celebrate the fact that for the 100th consecutive championship race in Australian Formula 3 history, a team BRM prepared and entered car was on the grid and ready to race.
From the team's first race in 1999 at a cold and windy Mallala Raceway -- where Bronte Rundle scored a strong 2nd place finish -- to the team's 100th at a bright and sunny Eastern Creek where Michael Trimble finished fourth after a charge from the back of the field, It was certainly a fair way to bookend the milestone for the team.
"Obviously things didn't go the way we wanted them to today," Bronte said, "however, we were still able to put on a show in the team's 100th race with Michael charging through the field after stalling on the line. It's been a great weekend of racing for Formula 3's 100th race as well. We are certainly looking forward to the next 100 races for both the category and the team in coming years."
Aaron Caratti dominated today's meeting, adding another 44 points to his season score and taking his season lead out to a commanding 47 points with three rounds remaining -- two back at Eastern Creek and the next round at Phillip Island in a months time.