P3 on day 1, but more pace to come for Macrow

P3 on day 1, but more pace to come for Macrow

ALPINE MOTOR SPORTS are promising more pace from Tim Macrow and the #88 Dallara after practice for the Australian FORMULA 3 Premier Series at Phillip Island today.

The team ended up third on combined practice times for the three qualifying sessions today, but only after electing to sit out the driest and fastest session of the day, the almost-but-not-quite-dry Practice 1.

“There wasn’t a lot to learn in Practice 1 on the drying track, so in Formula 1 style we hung around in the garage and saved some engine miles,” said Alpine Motor Sports driver Tim Macrow.

The team participated in the remaining two sessions for the day in wetter conditions. In Practice 2 the AIE #88 car topped the timesheet, while in Practice 3 the team was second behind Christopher Anthony.

“The car was awesome in Practice 2 and felt really good,” continued Macrow.

“In Practice 3 it was wetter again. It was our first real session as a team with a full wet setup on the car. I took it fairly easy, there’s not a lot of point binning it when there’s zero points on the line.”

The order for the top 4 front running Premier Class cars was different for every session, with Roland Legge ending up fastest on combined times, and Cameron Shields also competitive.

Team Principal Dennie Rumble remains confident after today’s running. “We did all the right things today in the tricky conditions, kept it on the Island, and learned some stuff about the car.”

“In the wet conditions we tried a few different things with it. Sometimes you’ve got to try something a bit outside the window and find out how it goes. We’ll be right for tomorrow – bring on Qualifying.”

The team this weekend, like all cars racing this weekend at the Shannons Nationals, is running “Cars for Hope” stickers, in support of mental health awareness and World Suicide Prevention Day, which is held annually on 10 September. More information can be found at carsforhope.com.au.

Qualifying is at 11:55am tomorrow, with Race 1 in the afternoon. Live timing will be available online at Natsoft. Admission to the circuit is only $25 dollars Saturday, including paddock access, with children under 16 free. The team is located in Garage 47 on 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, 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.