MACROW AND FOSTER SHARE THE SPOILS AT WAKEFIELD WINTER WONDERLAND ROUND TWO of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers' championship should have had the slogan ‘anything you can do...' as a marketing tagline, based on the results from an...
MACROW AND FOSTER SHARE THE SPOILS AT WAKEFIELD WINTER WONDERLAND
ROUND TWO of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers' championship should have had the slogan ‘anything you can do...' as a marketing tagline, based on the results from an intriguing day of racing at a freezing Wakefield Park in New South Wales.
Former champion Tim Macrow delivered Scud Racing an emotional first ever championship class win in race one after pole sitter Joey Foster ran wide at turn two, on the opening lap, leaving Tim to take advantage.
But later in the afternoon BRM driver Foster took his revenge and crushed the field to win by over eight seconds, to further extend his championship lead after four of sixteen races in the '09 Gold Star campaign.
The event was also a fitting tribute for the late Graham Watson, with rookie F3 driver Tom Tweedie performing brilliantly in both races to mix it with the outright runners on more than one occasion.
Both F3ADC races were also preceded by solo laps from a classic RALT RT4 driven by former Gold Star driver Neil McFadyen, as a tribute to the former Gold Star winner.
In freezing cold, windy and often damp conditions race one began with Foster and second-placed Mat Sofi running wide at turn two, allowing Tim Macrow to take a lead he would never loose. Adding insult to injury, Foster was then penalised for rolling at the start and took a drive-through pit lane for his troubles.
Macrow led home Mat Sofi and a recovering Foster to take his ninth career race win and first since the final race of his championship winning year in 2007.
"(Race one) was a case of taking advantage of the two guys running wide in front and then making sure that I maintained the lead," a pleased Macrow said.
"Really it's just great to give Bill (Maddocks, team owner) and the boys a win for all their hard work and dedication. Bill has given so much to the category so to be able to reward him with a win is sensational. The championship points are nice to have as well!"
"It feels brilliant," beamed Bill Maddocks, who formed Scud Racing before F3 even came into being over ten years ago and himself won the F3 Trophy-class title.
"Timmy and the guys have done the job and made the most of the situation. I can't wait for the rest of the year but it's great to get the monkey off the back and get that win we were so close to on more than one occasion last year."
The first race was cut four laps short of its scheduled 20-lap duration after Ben Crighton suffered a punctured right-rear tyre and beached the car at turn four.
Foster led from start-to-finish in race two and, despite a safety-car mid race (due to a turn-one off from Jesse Wakeman into the sand), was able to win by over eight seconds in a commanding performance. Foster has now extended his series lead to 26 points.
"It was a good comeback," he said. "I just rolled slightly at the start (of race one) and after the drive through it was just too big a gap to recover so I went after the bonus point for fastest lap, and the podium. "It was fantastic to win race two. The car was good and I just focussed on building a buffer over everyone else and brining it home. Championship points were the aim and we've got them."
Mat Sofi took his AmPro tools Dallara to second in both races to record his best overall weekend result, and vault to a solid second in the championship race. Sofi's stunning Day-Glo orange and white livery also won the Meguiar's best presented award for the round.
After his failure to finish in race one, Ben Crighton (TanderSport) was impressive in the second and worked his way to third position - his first career podium in the F3ADC. Macrow finished a solid fourth.
In the F3 National Class Tom Tweedie was at his dominant best and scored the maximum number of points - but said that mixing it with the later model championship class cars was a satisfying highlight.
"It's been a very good weekend," he said. "We're looking forward to a bit more competition at Phillip Island but it was nice to race here with some of the F307 cars and we weren't giving that much away."
Joey Foster has now scored 80 championship points, with Mat Sofi (54) leading Tim Macrow (45) and Ben Crighton (40) and the ever-consistent Ray Chamberlain, on 30.
The F3ADC now heads to Phillip Island in three weeks time, between May 15 - 17.