Alpine Motorsports come into the Phillip Island round of the Australian FORMULA 3 Premier Series at the Shannons Nationals this weekend on the rebound after having their championship lead cut to 29 points during the Queensland Raceway round of the series last month.
However the team return to Phillip Island with confidence having won the past six straight Formula 3 races at the seaside Victorian circuit with their driver Tim Macrow.
“It’s great to be back at what is a great hunting ground for the team,” enthused Team Principal Dennie Rumble.
“This [Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz] car is a great little package at this circuit, and we’re looking for a good showing to re-establish a championship lead buffer for Alpine, so we can begin to focus on our 2017 program.”
Alpine Motorsports are currently working on plans for the 2017 season, contemplating an expansion to a second car if the right opportunity of driver and/or sponsor presents itself.
Meanwhile, on more pressing matters at Phillip Island, the team believe that this circuit is probably the circuit best suited to their 2007 specification Dallara.
Driver Tim Macrow explains: “Phillip Island with its fast flowing corners is a low downforce circuit for these cars. The 2007 Dallara that we run has less downforce and less drag than the 2011 model Dallara that our rivals run.”
“As a result it’s naturally faster down the straights in a default setup configuration. We lose out at the tighter tracks, but here, and a track like Symmons Plains where downforce is not as critical, we’re a bit in front.”
“From the past experience I’m pretty confident we’ll unload well, and the team and myself execute, we can get another good result.” said the 2016 Phillip Island Auto Racing Club (PIARC) John Lanyon Competitor of the Year winner, an award he collected since the last round.
“It was great to be recognised by the folks at PIARC, and I hope to show everybody why I got the award this weekend on home turf.”
The team will be on track Friday for three 15 minute practice sessions. This will be followed by qualifying and race 1 on Saturday, and two races on Sunday.
Entry the circuit includes free admission to the circuit for under 16’s, and free access to the paddock, where the team can be seen working on the car in Pit Lane Garage 47.
Sunday’s races will be live streamed at thenationals.com.au, with the round to feature later on the SBS Speedweek program.
Alpine Motor Sports is Australia’s Peak Formula 3 Team, competing in the Australian Formula 3 Premier Series on the Shannons Nationals. The team is supported by AIE – Advanced Instrumentation and Electrical, Monster Lubricants, Grove Estate and Inside Edge Novated Leasing.