Tim Macrow has begun the crafting of an exclamation mark on the 2016 season with fastest time in practice for the Australian FORMULA 3 Premier Series at Sydney Motorsport Park today.
Macrow’s best time, a 1:23.9727, was 0.9sec fastest than his nearest rival in a flawless display in practice sessions 1 and 3.
In practice session 2, team principal Dennie Rumble took the wheel, as part of an arrangement agreed to if Macrow and the Alpine team clinched the series victory prior to the final round this weekend.
Rumble’s fastest time in practice session two was a 1:30.0116 in limited running, earning the Team Principal the nickname for the weekend of “Slow Tim.”
“Fast Tim” Macrow was enthused about the car.
“It’s got impressive pace on really worn Phillip Island Kumho tyres. We changed a few things during the day, but in the end didn’t deviate from the base setup that much. The team’s done an amazing job and the car has unloaded off the track well.”
“To be honest I don’t think we’ll do that much to it tomorrow. It’s Fast. Tim’s Happy.”
Team Principal, Dennie “Slow Tim” Rumble was equally excited about the performance of the AIE/Monster Lubricants Dallara.
“Once again the team has performed and we’re at the top again today. There’s always things you can try and execute better, but a 23.9 in the heat of the day on well worn Kumho’s has us pumped to see what number Tim can deliver in Qualifying.”
Rumble was less enthused about his own performance in Practice 2.
“People have no idea how hard it is to get back in these things and be quick. I think Jon Collins has demonstrated that with his improvement over the day as well.”
Both defending series champion Collins and Rumble haven’t driven in an F3 race since the final round at Wakefield Park last October.
“I just had a bit of fun today in a great car. I was in Tim’s seat and that made it more difficult than it should be and was fairly rusty.”
The team enjoyed the opportunity to have a session without the boss calling the shots in pit lane. “I was going to get on the radio and tell him to go faster but I was told it’s not good for job security,” said Macrow chuckling.
Engineer Nathan Tarlington was in an equally jovial mood. “I’m lobbying for F3 races with driver changes after today, we’re the quickest in the paddock at doing it now. Now we’ve got ‘Fast Tim’ and ‘Slow Tim,’ all I’m waiting for is ‘Attractive Tim’ to show up and be my wingman when we hit the town Sunday night to celebrate the series win!”
The event continues tomorrow with Qualifying and Race 1, and concludes with two races on Sunday.
Entry the circuit includes free admission to the circuit for under 12’s, and free access to the paddock, where the team can be seen working on the car in Pit Lane Garage 3 (at the control tower end of pit lane).
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 – the Australian Formula 3 Premier Series Champions for 2016. The team is supported by AIE – Advanced Instrumentation and Electrical, Monster Lubricants, and Grove Estate.
Opportunities exist for marketing partners and drivers for 2017, with the team hoping to expand to a 2-car presence. If you are interested please contact the team, or feel free to visit the team during the Sydney Motorsport Park weekend. With two drivers in two seasons coming directly from a Formula 3 car straight into Formula 1, now is the time to accelerate your career with experience in a world renowned open-wheel formula.