Karl Reindler has taken the lead in the 2004 Australian Formula 3 championship, after winning both races at Wakefield Park this weekend. In a repeat of the team's Eastern Creek fortunes, Trophy class driver Nic Jordan finished third in the second...
Karl Reindler has taken the lead in the 2004 Australian Formula 3 championship, after winning both races at Wakefield Park this weekend. In a repeat of the team's Eastern Creek fortunes, Trophy class driver Nic Jordan finished third in the second race to push him tantalisingly close to wrapping up his class championship.
Race one proved that races can indeed be won or lost at the start, as Reindler made an excellent getaway and despite early pressure from Ian Dyk he won by almost two seconds. Kiwi sensation Nic Jordan was fifth, achieving his goal of finishing ahead of a Championship Class runner.
The second 20-lap race was a tougher challenge for Reindler, who was hunting for his fourth consecutive race win. He raced close with Ian Dyk for the opening few laps, before a throttle problem unfortunately sidelined Dyk.
Reindler went on to win comfortably and jump into the lead of the championship for the first time this season. Nic Jordan made a great start and chased Gilmour down to the end of the race, finishing just behind the former championship leader in third place.
"This is great, I am absolutely stoked," Said Reindler before making the trip to the top of the podium. "It was unfortunate for Dyk in the second race because it was set to be a great battle. And I finally nailed a start in race one, which set us up for a win there."
Reindler was also delighted that he now held the series points lead, after chasing the leaders down all season. "It's a great feeling to be in front of the series, now we have got to keep it up for the last two rounds."
For Nic Jordan, the podium position came after a concerted effort to race amongst the leaders during the weekend. "I am really happy that we were able to finish on the podium again. We pushed hard to chase (Chris) Gilmour down in that race, but we couldn't find a way past."
The result marked the second time Jordan had stood on the outright podium in two rounds. "Some people are saying I am getting into the habit of this (Podiums), but I think it's a great Habit to be in!"
Team owner Bronte Rundle was just as pleased as his drivers at the weekend's results.
"This has been an absolutely brilliant day. Karl dominated from go to whoa in race one, and its great to have him in the lead of the championship. It was disappointing about race two for Ian Dyk, but Karl was running close and he would have made it hard for Ian to win it. Nic was brilliant as well, and another podium is a just reward for his efforts this weekend."
Round 7 of the 2004 Australian F3 series heads to team BRM's home circuit, Mallala Raceway in South Australia, in September.