Team BRM complete successful test at home track. South Australia based Formula 3 outfit Team BRM ramped up preparations for their home round of the 2004 championship yesterday, completing a highly successful day's testing at Mallala Raceway --...
Team BRM complete successful test at home track.
South Australia based Formula 3 outfit Team BRM ramped up preparations for their home round of the 2004 championship yesterday, completing a highly successful day's testing at Mallala Raceway -- the team's home circuit.
Held in cold and blustery conditions, the familiar circuit gave series leader Karl Reindler the chance to perfect his Mallala set-up, as preparations build up for the expected fight at the front of the field when the racing resumes next weekend.
Driving his usual #19 Dallara F301, the session was the first time back in a team BRM car since the young West Australian star had his test with Carlin Motorsport in the UK last month. Reindler completed close to 70 laps and set a best time of 1m04.25 -- 2.2 seconds under the existing Formula 3 lap record at Mallala.
"Today we got a fair bit done as far as set-up is concerned. I'm really happy with the way we have gone." He said. "The car is really good, but there is still more to come out of myself and the car, so bring on next weekend!"
Team BRM technical director Ian Richards was impressed with the championship leader's performance. "Karl was really driving within himself, and did a very good job today." Said Richards. "We are anticipating high 1m03s lap times here during the meeting, but the times that were set today were very impressive given the weather conditions." He said.
The Mallala test was the first opportunity for F3 rookie Tim Slade to get behind the wheel of one of the teams 'wings and slicks' cars, in what turned out to be a very impressive performance by the former Karting champion.
The 19-year-old South Australian will make his F3 race debut with team BRM at the Mallala meeting, the test a good opportunity for Slade to become acclimatised to the #8 Dallara F301 that was last seen in action at the Clipsal 500 in March this year.
Slade completed a strong days running which saw him become acclimatised to the car quicker than he first expected at the start of the day's session
"Today went smoothly and according to plan. I think I exceeded my expectations with how quickly I adapted to the car." He said. "The biggest difference (Between F3 and Formula ford) is that the F3 car is very sensitive on cold tyres, but when they warm up its great."
Team engineer Craig Rundle was thrilled with Slade's performance during the test.
"I'm extremely impressed with Tim. He carried a very mature approach into the test and did everything we asked of him.' Said Rundle. "Tim adapted to the car really quickly and set some excellent times, which leaves the whole team looking forward to next weekend, where we should have three cars at the top."
Team Owner Bronte Rundle echoed Craig's comments. "An excellent day's testing today, which saw both drivers happy with their cars and pace at the end of the say," he said. "The laptimes were exceptional, and I believe we are in great shape going into our home round of the series."