Front Row Fix for BRM at Frosty Island. PHILLIP ISLAND - SATURDAY, May 21st, 2005 -- Team BRM will have one car on the front row of each of tomorrow's two races that comprise this weekend's third round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian ...
Front Row Fix for BRM at Frosty Island.
PHILLIP ISLAND - SATURDAY, May 21st, 2005 -- Team BRM will have one car on the front row of each of tomorrow's two races that comprise this weekend's third round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship at Phillip Island, after a productive pair of qualifying sessions at a typically unpredictable Phillip Island today.
In changeable conditions that ranged from the biting cold to almost warm sunny blue skies, returning Formula 3 Champion Karl Reindler stole the show in the opening qualifying session, scoring a tightly fought pole position by just a tenth of a second from current championship contender Aaron Caratti's similar 04 model Dallara.
Reindler, working this weekend with the same engineer and crew that he took championship glory with last year, completed 11 laps for a best of 1m27.0089 -- two tenths underneath the Lap record set at the Island in 2003.
"It was a pretty good lap," enthused the West Australian driver. "I was hoping to break into the 26's, but I made a mistake coming into the southern loop and lost a bit of time there, but overall im really happy with the performance and it will be good to be going from pole position tomorrow."
Reindler backed up his race one effort with a solid third position for the second race, meaning that he will be right in the hunt for both of tomorrow's two races.
Current Co-Championship leader Michael Trimble had a consistent day, qualifying in the top three for both races tomorrow -- meaning he will have a real shot at jumping into a solid championship lead tomorrow, considering co leader Chris Alajajian had a difficult few sessions after a heavy crash yesterday.
The 20-year-old Melbournian qualified third for race one -- just .14 of a second off pole -- and second for race two, again just a few tenths from the leader.
"Not a bad day overall," Trimble said. "Im a bitt disappointed with the first session, but I think that we will still be right on the pace tomorrow. The car is very good and should be pretty consistent in the races. We know we have the pace so it's just a matter of getting to the front and scoring some good points for the championship."
Team BRM's Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Trophy Class contender Marc Williams had a forgettable first look at Phillip Island yesterda - and endured a difficult pair of sessions today, completing just seven laps in both sessions and never really having the opportunity to show his true pace. The Young New Zealander currently leads the Trophy Class championship table after a strong showing at Mallala raceway a month ago.
Tomorrow's two races could end up being the decisive rounds in the championship, the close competition in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship meaning that if a driver can make a break at the top of the charts, he will become very hard to overhaul in the remaining five rounds this year.
And whilst Karl Reindler is purely racing for results and to give the Number one plate he has on his Dallara 304 a good showing, it's team-mate Michael Trimble who will be looking to be the one to leap out to a strong series lead.
Tomorrow's two races will be both held over 14 challenging laps of the 4.45km Phillip Island circuit.