Team BRM readies to attack the Island. ADELAIDE - Monday, May 16th, 2005 -- Team BRM will have the strongest possible line up heading into this weekend's upcoming third round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship at the ...
Team BRM readies to attack the Island.
ADELAIDE - Monday, May 16th, 2005 -- Team BRM will have the strongest possible line up heading into this weekend's upcoming third round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, confirming today that 2004 series' champion Karl Reindler will return for a one -- off drive with the team alongside current championship points leader Michael Trimble.
With South Australian driver Tim Slade unfortunatly forced to withdraw from the series due to financial constraints, Reindler will slide into the team's second Dallara F304 Speiss chassis to give him the best possible shot at taking a return win in the series that he won so brilliantly on the Gold Coast in October last year.
"Its good to be back with the team I won my championship with, and great to be back in a car full stop!" he enthused. "I haven't actually raced this season, so it's going to be really good to get back in the seat."
Reindler said that it will be a good feeling to head into a race meeting without the pressure to race for a championship.
"Personally its just going to be great to head into a meeting with no pressure so I can go out there and enjoy it -- and go all out to win, of course!" he said. "I think all the miles I have done in these cars over the last few years will help me get back in the groove quickly, so we should be very competitive."
Someone else who should be very competitive at Phillip Island is the team's current Championship leader Michael Trimble, who shares the points lead with Chris Alajajian after two rounds of this year's championship.
Phillip Island will be something of a home round for the unassuming Victorian steerer, who will head into the round attempting to get a break on the field in the tight points battle.
"We tested very well at Phillip Island a few weeks ago and we went very well," explained Trimble. "We are really looking to have a good weekend and try and get a bit of a points lead in the championship."
Trimble freely admits that he was disappointed with the Mallala round of the series a month ago, but believes that Phillip Island will be the place for him to get back into victory lane.
"Mallala was a tough round for us -- we were just off the leaders pace," Said Trimble. "But we think we know where we can pick up some pace, and we expect to be right on the money this weekend."
And whilst BRM will have to very competitive cars challenging for outright glory at the top of the F3 timesheets, looking to continue his steady improvement this season will be the team's Kumho Tyres Trophy Class contender Marc Williams.
The 16-year-old Kiwi Kid made a much-improved effort at the Mallala round of the championship, taking pole position and two wins in both races at the South Australian circuit.
Phillip Island's high-speed layout will certainly be a different kettle of fish to Mallala for the young Kiwi, but his confidence will be raised after strong performances at the other fast track the series' has competed at this season -- Albert Park at the Australian Grand Prix.
Williams heads the Trophy Class points heading into this weekend's third round.
Team BRM Fast Facts -- Phillip Island
THE RETURN OF ONE -- The prestigious #1 plate will return to Formula 3 competition this weekend on the car of Karl Reindler. With the number of drivers heading overseas increasing every year, it is increasingly rare to see the defending champion return to the Australian Formula 3 fold. Only Peter Hackett has returned the year after a championship success with the number 1 plate on the nose of a car.
EXPERIENCE TO THE FORE -- Without doubt, Reindler will be the most experienced F3 driver in the 18 car field at Phillip Island, having started 31 races in his Australian Formula 3 career for five wins and of course, the 2004 championship crown. His international experience is growing as well, having competed at the Season-Ending Bahrain F3 Super Prix late last year, as well as testing for renowned British Outfit Carlin Motorsport mid last year.
BREAKING A DEADLOCK -- BRM's Michael Trimble has held the championship lead since the start of the season at Wakefield Park, but always with another driver equal on points. The 20 year old Melbournian will be keen to 'make a break' at the top of the table to solidify his position as the leading driver in this years championship.