TWEEDIE MIXES IT WITH THE BIG GUNS AT WAKEFIELD ANOTHER commanding performance has seen Tom Tweedie mix it with the front runners of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship at Wakefield Park, near Goulburn, at the weekend. Not only did...
TWEEDIE MIXES IT WITH THE BIG GUNS AT WAKEFIELD
ANOTHER commanding performance has seen Tom Tweedie mix it with the front runners of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship at Wakefield Park, near Goulburn, at the weekend.
Not only did the 20-year-old from Hunters Hill (Sydney) dominate the F3 National Class ‘race within a race', but he put together a weekend-long performance that saw him mixing it with the more experienced drivers in later model cars that make up the outright Gold Star class.
The performance was a fitting tribute to the late Graham Watson; the Australian motorsport icon having served as Tweedie's team manager prior to his untimely passing just two weeks ago.
Tweedie won his class in both 20-lap races and finished fourth and fifth in the two races, respectively.
"It's been an excellent weekend," Tweedie said after race two.
"When the season began wanted to run with the '07s and that is what we doing and have done for most of this weekend. It is great fun being up there and running with those guys: They are all talented and are very fast so it's great to be up there with them.
"It's very competitive - but we have to keep up with the game to stay competitive and keep racing them but so far things are going very well for us.
"Obviously the team was set back last week with the passing of Graham but full credit to them, they have really pulled though and done a great job - everyone is really positive ahead of the next round."
Tom and his Dallara F304 Renault made a particularly strong start to race one - held in frigid conditions - after the leaders, Joey Foster and Mat Sofi, ran wide at turn two allowing the #19 'Red Kangaroo' car into second place - a position he held for the first lap.
He then raced closely with Ben Crighton and Mat Sofi for several laps before finishing fourth. Race two was more processional - Tweedie settling into fifth on the opening lap and finishing in the same position, though he remained well in touch with the leading group of cars.
Earlier in the weekend Tom had qualified fourth for race one, and fifth for the second race - on both occasions within a second of the pole time.
The positive performance at Wakefield will serve as a good lead-in to the next championship round, to be held at the dauntingly quick Phillip Island raceway in Victoria, in three weeks time.
Tweedie says that racing at the Island - and the prospect of more competition in the F3 National Class from the returning Chris Gilmour, and others - is something to look forward to.
"I've not driven an F3 car at Phillip island yet but we'll do some testing - and I know the track well from time there in Victorian state series Formula Ford," he said. "It's obviously a lot different from Wakefield Park - a lot quicker and more flowing.
"It will be excellent to have some more competition in the National Class. The harder you're dicing the more rewarding it is and I look forward to it. Chris (Gilmour) and I had a good dice at Clipsal so we hope to continue that."
The Phillip Island round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will be held between May 15 - 17.
The team would like to thank Battery World, Tizzana Vineyards and the Team Tom members for their continued support.