TIM MACROW extended his Australian FORMULA 3 Premier Series lead to 34 after taking maximum points on the first race day of Round 6 at Phillip Island today.
The #88 AIE Alpine Motor Sports Dallara went lights to flag in P1 to take victory by 4.5 seconds over series points rival Christopher Anthony.
“We got the AIE/Monster Lubricants car right for the race today, and it showed,” said Macrow.
Macrow started the day putting an extra $500 in the Alpine Motor Sports bank account after taking the All Properties Group Pole award, qualifying ahead of Cameron Shields in a similar Dallara F307, then Anthony in a newer F311, and R-Tek Motorsport’s Roland Legge.
The race started with Macrow leading, and after holding off a charging Roland Legge on lap 1. A train then developed with Legge, Anthony and Shields all in the aerodynamic tow of the 2-time F3 champion.
Macrow then managed to break that tow after Legge spun on lap 5, and maintained the gap to conserve the Kumho Ecsta tyres for tomorrow.
Team Principal Dennie Rumble was pleased with the performance of the Alpine Motor Sports team and Macrow.
“There’s no surprises with Tim, you give him the device and he not only gets 110% out of it, but between him and the Monster Lubricants they’ll take care of the machinery at the same time as well.”
Despite the possibility of clinching the title tomorrow, Rumble was keeping a lid on expectations.
“We’re now plus 34 on (Christopher) Anthony after today. It’s possible we could get to 48 ahead which would clinch the title, but I don’t expect that it’ll happen. The Grove Wineries bubbly might go on ice if Race 2 goes our way though…”
Race 2 is on at 12:40pm tomorrow, with the final race of the round at 4:35pm. Both races will be streamed at thenationals.com.au. For those in Victoria: Admission to the circuit is only $30 dollars Sunday, including paddock access, with children under 16 free. The team is located in Garage 47 on pit lane.
The team ran stickers with #WeFlyWith23 on the car today in tribute to former rival Luke Spalding, who is undertaking treatment for a rare cancer. “We know he’s not in a race car at the moment, which means he must be sick. We’re thinking of him, even if he’s one of those slow ute drivers now!”
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.