Promising signs ahead for team BRM's home track attack. MALLALA - Saturday, April 16th, 2005 -- Sometimes things just don't go quite the way they were planned. Example in question: Team BRM at Mallala, South Australia -- their home track and a...
Promising signs ahead for team BRM's home track attack.
MALLALA - Saturday, April 16th, 2005 -- Sometimes things just don't go quite the way they were planned.
Example in question: Team BRM at Mallala, South Australia -- their home track and a circuit where the team was expecting to be the pace setters.
However, the old adage mentioned above came into full force under the perfectly clear Mallala skies today as the team endured a difficult start to the second round of this years ultra competitive Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship.
After pacing the field during opening Friday practice, Team BRM Driver Michael Trimble set fifth fastest time in both of today's sessions, meaning that the 20 year old Victorian will line up on the third row of the grid for both of tomorrow's 20-lap races.
As a testament to the series' level of competition of late, Trimble's fifth place in session two saw him lap just three tenths of a second off the pole winner's time.
"We really just struggled for set-up today after missing the second session yesterday (When a clutch pack failed)," he explained. "I think we potentially have a very good race car, it will just be a matter of getting it back to where it was yesterday and we should be in business. We aren't out of this yet, and we will give it our best shot tomorrow."
Hometown hero Tim Slade had a less than satisfying day, as he continued to come to grips with the team's latest Dallara F304 that arrived in the country just last Tuesday.
The 19-year-old Adelaidian will start the opening race from the rear of the field, after a scrutineering issue relegated the new car to the rear of the field. 8th fastest in the second session (just a second from the pole position time) proved that the team and driver were beginning to get a handle on the car.
"A difficult day," explained Slade. "Obviously, we have a lot of work to do with the car to get it into the pace of the leaders. We know that the potential is there but the lack of miles we have done on the car is the problem. We will keep working away at it and im confident that we can get up there tomorrow."
Team BRM's Kumho Tyres Trophy Class contender Marc Williams continued his strong run of improvement, scoring pole position for both Trophy Class races tomorrow. His time of 1m05.9215s placed him within striking distance of the leaders and 7th overall. 10th in the second sessions still assured him of pole in the Trophy Competition.
"Its great to get pole and great to be getting quicker and quicker," enthused the 16-year-old Kiwi. "The first session was the best, and we are getting down to the times I want to be doing."
In a further boost for the team's fortunes this weekend team BRM's "de-facto" fourth car this weekend, the Dallara F301 of Victorian Tim Macrow, grabbed pole position for both races tomorrow. Team BRM engineer Craig Rundle has been assisting the small Macrow team with the car set-up and preparation since they took it over at the Australian Grand Prix in March.
"We really couldn't be happier about the way today has gone," enthused Macrow after taking his first ever Formula 3 pole positions. "We put a heap of hard work into rebuilding the car after the Grand Prix and it hasn't missed a beat since we put it on the track yesterday.
"It was a committed Lap (the race one pole lap) and at first I didn't believe that I had set the time! We are really looking forward to the races tomorrow because we think we have a car that can race strongly tomorrow." He said.
Round two of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be concluded with two, 20-lap races tomorrow.