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AUSF3: Team BRM Wakefield Saturday notes

Saturday pace points to strong Sunday for team BRM. WAKEFIELD PARK, GOLUBURN (Saturday, 26th February, 2005.) Tough traffic conditions may have made today's sessions difficult, but Team BRM still showed that they will continue to be a force to...

Saturday pace points to strong Sunday for team BRM.

WAKEFIELD PARK, GOLUBURN (Saturday, 26th February, 2005.) Tough traffic conditions may have made today's sessions difficult, but Team BRM still showed that they will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship at Wakefield today, after all four of the team's cars qualified strongly for the opening round of the 2005 series.

And although the team didn't score a front row start for either race, strong positions towards the front of one of the most competitive Australian Formula 3 fields assembled have put the team in good stead to perform well in both of tomorrow's 20 lap races.

Strong performances from Michael Trimble - competing in his first ever Formula 3 race meeting after a limited test program during the off season - were a highlight of the team's day today, The young Melbournian carrying on his practice and testing form into the heart of the race meeting. Trimble finished his first F3 qualifying day with a pair of third positions, the Team's new F304 Dallara well on the pace of the leaders despite a lack of testing before the round.

"I'm pretty happy, to be honest," said Trimble at the conclusion of the second session today. "its good to be on the pace of the top guys considering we haven't done much testing before the round.

"3rd in both sessions is good, and I am confident that the car can at lest hold on to third in the races tomorrow, but we will be trying hard to move up the order and see who can hold on to the pace the longest at the front of the field."

South Australian Tim Slade had a mixed day, running in to traffic during both sessions today. A strong 4th for race one -- less than four tenths off pole -- was a highlight for the 18-year-old, following up with a 6th in race two, still less than eight tents off the outright pace.

"I was happy to be at the right end of the field, because there are two, 20 lap races tomorrow that will give us a chance to move our way forward," explained the South Australian. "I'm very confident that we can run with the leaders tomorrow. We struggled to great a clear lap in the second session, as I got caught up in traffic, hence the position we finished in."

2004 Trophy class champion Nic Jordan had a difficult day, but continued to show his outright pace and potential to run t the front of the field in the outright class he is running in this season. Jordan will start 7th and 8th respectively in tomorrow's two races -- the closeness of the field shown by the fact that the 16-year-old kiwi was less than a second off the pace in each second.

"Today didn't go according to plan," Jordan said. "But there is always tomorrow, when we will be giving it all to get up in the field and race at the front."

Team BRM's Australian Formula 3 Trophy Class competitor Marc Williams will start from second in class for both races tomorrow, after enduring an eventful day at the 2.2km Wakefield circuit. An off track excursion in the opening session saw Williams launch his Dallara F398 off a kerb, whilst traffic, as was the problem for so many other competitors, didn't allow the youngster to get a clear lap in during the second of the two-20 minute sessions.

"The car is still awesome, but I'm a bit annoyed at how the first session panned out," Mused the young Kiwi. "I was looking to find a second today and I know its there - I just need to find more laps.

"As a racing driver I'm always looking to go faster, and I'm confident that I can keep attacking and get some more laps and keep getting better and find some more pace."

The opening round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 championship will be a contested over two -- 20 lap races tomorrow.

QUALIFYING TIMES - ROUND 1, WAKEFIELD PARK, NSW

Michael Trimble (Dallara F304 Speiss Opel)
Qualifying 1: 3rd -- 55:0421s
Qualifying 2: 3rd -- 55:6029s

Tim Slade (Gawler Farm Machinery / TSRWine.com Dallara F301 Speiss Opel)
Qualifying 1: 4th -- 55.0620s
Qualifying 2: 6th -- 55.8439s

Nic Jordan (AMS Group Dallara F301 Speiss Opel)
Qualifying 1: 7th -- 55.6156s
Qualifying 2: 8th -- 56.2065s

Marc Williams (Mobil 1 Dallara F398 Speiss Opel)
Qualifying 1: 11th -- 58.0987s
Qualifying 2: 11th -- 58.9387s

-www.teambrm.com.au

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Series F3
Drivers Marc Williams , Tim Slade
Teams Williams