TIM BERRYMAN DOMINATES AT ORAN PARK TO SECURE 2ND IN 2006 F3 NATIONAL CLASS Tim Berryman finished his first campaign on the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship National Class series in the best possible fashion last weekend at Sydney's...
TIM BERRYMAN DOMINATES AT ORAN PARK TO SECURE 2ND IN 2006 F3 NATIONAL CLASS
Tim Berryman finished his first campaign on the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship National Class series in the best possible fashion last weekend at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway.
Berryman - based in Stockinbingal, near Wagga Wagga in regional New South Wales, executed a rare 'perfect' weekend in the National Class by scoring two pole positions, two fastest laps and two all-important race victories that helped him secure second place in the championship.
It was Berryman's career best weekend since joining the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship -- at a circuit he had never driven in the car - and will serve as a major momentum boost as he looks to go all out and win the championship in 2007.
After playing it smart and learning the circuit throughout the official practice sessions on Friday, Berryman pushed hard in qualifying and was able to score the National Class pole position in both races by over a second.
Impressively, Tim's time in the second qualifying session (1m05.9986s) was under 1.5 seconds away from the best lap recorded by pole sitter Tim Macrow.
That strong form was carried over to the first race, a 15-lap sprint around the 2.7km circuit held Sunday morning when Berryman, taking advantage of a stalled car in front, stormed into fourth place off the line.
The Delta Agribusiness car then held the position for the next 12 laps, eventually falling into the clutches of the recovering championship class cars of Leanne Tander and Daniel Pappas. The two past, Berryman settled into 6th for the run to the flag to score his best ever finish in a Formula 3 race and one of the highest outright finishes by a National Class car this season.
The second race -- also 15 laps - evolved in a similar pattern, with Berryman once again leading the National Class charge to cap off a remarkable round by scoring another class win, and another 6th place outright in the competitive field.
The results meant that the #33 car took away a perfect score of 44 points in his class from the weekend and saw Berryman end the year second in the National Class standings, on 165 points.
For Berryman, the weekend was a satisfying way to cap off what was a learning season amidst the Formula 3 ranks.
"It has been a great weekend," he said.
"This is a really challenging circuit and one you can really sink your teeth into and have a good go. The car was fantastic in Qualifying and the races and because of that we were probably at our most competitive of the season.
"It's really satisfying to cap off the year this way. It's been a learning process for us but we have made some good progress. The guys in the team, Ian, Andrew and Wayne, have all been excellent and have really helped me come to grips with the car.
"We finished second in the National Class championship and next year we'll try to win it." He said.