TIM MACROW and the Alpine Motor Sports team broke the Australian Formula 3 season wins record with a flag-to-flag win in Race 1 of the Australian FORMULA 3 Premier Series finale at Sydney Motorsport Park today.
Macrow’s 14th win from 19 races so far came not without a challenge, with Cameron Shields challenging Macrow on a lap 4 after an early Safety Car period.
Macrow got the AIE/Monster Lubricants Dallara-Mercedes off to a solid start to lead into turn 1 before a two car accident between R-Tek Motorsport teammates Nathan “Lewis” Kumar and Roman “Nico” Krumins brought out the safety car.
On the lap 4 restart Shields was on Macrow’s exhaust pipe for the restart, and attempted to drive next to Macrow on the outside of Turn 2 before Macrow was able to close the door and then hold an advantage to take the race win by 1.7 seconds.
Macrow was complimentary of Shields pace on the restart: “It was a good battle with Cameron on the restart. He went around the outside but it’s a big ask to go all the way around there and hold on for turn three so I was able to hold him out.
“We’re looking forward to ending the year strongly tomorrow but the reverse grid race will be tough work first up.”
Macrow starts fourth tomorrow in the reverse grid format with a strong line up ahead: 2015 Champion Jon Collins from pole, Roland Legge starts second, and Shields third. All four cars finished within 4 seconds in today’s race.
Earlier in qualifying, Tim Macrow lightened old F3 sparring partner Chris Gilmour’s pocket by a further $500 by taking the All Properties Group pole award in qualifying.
“We went backwards on the setup in that one [the race]. We actually made a change [after qualifying] that made the car worse in that race, but otherwise it’s been a really good day,” said the three time F3 title winner.
Macrow was an amazing 0.7917 faster than Cameron Shields to take pole, but that advantage didn’t convert into race pace.
Dennie “slow Tim” Rumble was pleased with the team’s performance today.
“The performance in qualifying was amazing. You don’t end up that much faster in F3, margins like that just don’t happen. We lost something on race 1 this afternoon, we haven’t had that many hot races this year, so we obviously went the wrong way trying to get the setup to cope with the low grip conditions. We’ll try and sort it tomorrow.”
Macrow and the Alpine team aim for another record tomorrow: No F3 team has won every feature race in a season since the first F3 series started in 1999. Macrow starts from pole position for the final race at 2:58pm. Before that, the reverse top-4 Race 2 at 1:20pm.
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.