Strength in numbers - BRM Ready for home track fight. Strength, the experts say, is made up in numbers. If so, Team BRM is in very good shape heading into the seventh and penultimate round of the 2004 Australian Formula 3 championship, ...
Strength in numbers - BRM Ready for home track fight.
Strength, the experts say, is made up in numbers.
If so, Team BRM is in very good shape heading into the seventh and penultimate round of the 2004 Australian Formula 3 championship, entering three very competitive cars for the team's home round at Mallala raceway this weekend.
Regular drivers Karl Reindler and Nic Jordan will be joined by 19 year old South Australian Tim Slade, who will make his Formula 3 debut for the team at Mallala driving the #8 Dallara F301 Speiss Opel driven by Marcus Marshall at the Clipsal 500. The three combined should result in the strongest team performance of the season to date.
Karl Reindler is the form driver in the series at present, and has won the last four consecutive races in the series -- elevating him to the top of the points table for the first time in his short Formula 3 career.
He currently leads rival Ian Dyk by just four points heading into the Mallala round, and will be looking to extend the margin with a strong run this weekend.
"It's a pretty important weekend for me, as far as the championship points go." Said Reindler. "My aim is to finish the weekend ahead of Chris (Gilmour) and Ian (Dyk) and as long as I do that, I will be taking points off them for the championship, which is the goal." He said.
"I know I can find some more time in myself and the car, so I am confident about being right at the top when we hit the track on the weekend."
16-year-old New Zealander Nic Jordan heads to Mallala leading the Yokohama F3 Trophy class (For Pre -- 1998 Chassis') by a mammoth 76 points, needing only to score 12 more at Mallala to clinch the championship win in his first year of F3 racing.
But any thoughts that the super quick Kiwi sensation will back off to safely score points can be dashed now. Instead, Jordan will be aiming to extend his incredible unbeaten run of race wins, which started at Oran Park 10 races ago.
"Nic should jump into the car and be fast from the word go." Said team BRM engineer Craig Rundle. "This track should suit him really well. I don't think he will have any dramas being right on the pace when Sunday comes around."
If his testing performance is anything to go on, Tim Slade will definitely feature strongly in the overall outright standings at Mallala. His best lap of 1m04.65 was just three-tenths slower than his teammate, buoying his confidence greatly leading into his Debut F3 race weekend.
"I am really looking forward to it," said Slade. "I'd really like to 'do a Ritter' -- get out in front and let the others fight out the championship behind me!" he said. "But it's going to be a strong field and I think we will be all very equal."
Engineer Craig Rundle summed up the team's prospects for the Mallala round. "There is no doubt that we will have three competitive cars at Mallala," Said Rundle. "Both Karl and Nic have championships to win, and Tim will be out to impress in front of his home crowd. I'm confident all three cars will be right at the front of the field all weekend."
The F3 field will grid up for two races alongside the final round of the 2004 Procar series at Mallala this weekend. The final round of the Australian F3 championship will be held on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, in October.