F3 TITLE CONTENDER JAMES WINLSOW IN A RACE AGAINST TIME TO MAKE PHILLIP ISLAND START Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship contender James Winslow faces an uphill battle to make next weekends' fifth round of the 2008 championship due to...
F3 TITLE CONTENDER JAMES WINLSOW IN A RACE AGAINST TIME TO MAKE PHILLIP ISLAND START
Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship contender James Winslow faces an uphill battle to make next weekends' fifth round of the 2008 championship due to a lack of budget -- though the Englishman says that he is committed to doing everything it takes to remain in the series.
Winslow began the season with Team BRM before switching to Astuti Motorsport after two rounds after losing a major sponsor.
In the space of a week he went from not having a drive to winning, after taking out the second race at Oran Park in emphatic fashion thanks to a hastily arranged race-by-race deal with the Astuti squad. A difficult weekend followed at Mallala recently, though he remains within seven points of the championship lead heading into the second half of the season.
"I'm doing everything I can to be on the grid at Phillip Island, I'm desperate to race there and continue to challenge for the championship," Winslow said today from his Melbourne base.
"It would be a huge shame if I wasn't able to complete the season -- we have come so far since it started. We led the series until a few weeks ago and we're still only eight points off the lead; and, we are racing at my favourite track, Phillip Island, next and I've won there before!"
Winslow said the depth of competition in this year's championship was all the motivation he needed to continue his quest to win the Australian title.
"Australian F3 is growing in strength and has come a long way in the last two years. This is the most competitive season yet since I came here to race with the sole purpose of winning this championship. I'd love to compete and try to win it, and I believe I can.
"As long as I continue, I really feel confident that I can win the championship," he said.
"After loosing my sponsor earlier this year I have worked so hard in what is seemingly the endless battle that is rasing sponsorship. I don't want to drop out now when I'm in one of the best positions to win the title.
"If someone was to come along and back me for the remainder of the year I'd even repay them with the $80,000 prize up for grabs for this years champion!."
Winslow, originally from Essex in the UK but now based full-time in Australia, made his local Formula 3 debut at the Australian GP support races in 2006 -- winning the first of four races up against a field that included current GP2 winner Bruno Senna.
In 22 championship race starts he has won four times and finished on the podium an impressive nine times.
As well as finishing fourth in the 2007 championship, Winslow won the Formula V6 Asia title the same year and also tested both a World Series by Renault car at Paul Ricard, and a Champ Car Panoz for Conquest Racing at Sebring.
In 2006 he won the Asian Formula 3 Championship, and also lists the 2004 British ARP F3 Championship amongst his many successes.
He also received a bravery award from the Royal Humane Society in the UK after dragging a fellow driver out of wreckage in an Asian F3 race the same year, moments before a massive fireball engulfed the car and 50 meters of surrounding wall, both ultimately escaping injury.
Round five of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star will be contested at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit next weekend, between June 13 -- 15.