Alpine Motor Sports experienced both extremes of motorsport emotions on Sunday at Round 5 of the Australian FORMULA 3 Premier Series.
After a driveshaft failure in Race 2, the team and driver Tim Macrow recovered to take victory in the final race of the round, minimising the damage to the title point score to 8. The team now lead the series by 29 points with 6 races remaining and 96 points up for grabs.
Even the commentators complemented the good start of 15-year-old rival Cameron Shields from Pole Position, but soon realised that Alpine Motor Sports driver Macrow got what was probably the start of 2016 to be side by side with Shields coming into turn 1.
Macrow then held the lead to win the race by 1.8 seconds.
“Starts are so critical in Formula 3, and I certainly got a good one there,” said the 2-time F3 champion Macrow. “Cameron and I both got a good initial jump, and then it seemed in second that the car bit better and I was able to get in on the inside.”
“From there it was hold station, conserve the Kumhos, and not make any mistakes.”
Anthony followed Macrow over the line to finish second in the final race, after the Gilmour Racing driver won Race 2 earlier in the day.
Both Macrow and Anthony started from the rear after yesterday’s race 1 clash, but not for long as Macrow scolded through the field to be third by the conclusion of the first lap.
Macrow was hunting down Shields and round winner Roland Legge when the car suffered a rare mechanical failure, with a broken axle and CV joint leaving Macrow stranded on circuit after turn 3 on lap 4.
“It was on the side that the car suffered damage yesterday, so in the end it’s probably something to do with hit,” lamented Team Principal Dennie Rumble.
“The good bit is we got it sorted between Races 2 and 3, and true to form, as soon as Tim was given the tools the job was done. In the end we only missed out on the Grove Estate podium bubbly by 6 points, despite it being our worst round of the year.”
The team now has 6 weeks to get ready for the penultimate round of the series, at Phillip Island on September 9-11.
Macrow is looking forward to the next one: “We’ve scored 95 of the 96 points available at the last two F3 rounds at Phillip Island, so we know we can do the job. We can’t wait to get down there.”
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.