Alpine Motor Sports day ended up in the pit lane after a high speed clash at the start of the Formula 3 race at Queensland Raceway today.
Macrow and series rival Chris Anthony made contact at the exit of turn 1 on lap 1, sending both out of the race. Macrow was forced to pit and retire from the race with damage to the radiator, and two wheels. The car is being repaired tonight and will be back on track tomorrow.
“I got an excellent start, managed to thread the needle between Roland (Legge) and Chris and get on the outside. I had the momentum and then we just touched,” said Macrow.
“It was a matter of inches, we were that close all the way through turn 1.”
Team Manager Dennie Rumble was philosophical. “At the front in Formula 3 it’s close, and it’s competitive. Tim and Christopher been within inches of each other all year, sometimes you make contact.”
“Look at the positive side, Monster Lubricants got a massive free ad from all the time Tim spent sideways in front of Chris’ onboard while he was having his moment!”
See the incident below (Video by Australian Formula 3):
“In the end it’s cost us nothing in the points battle, and we’ll both race as hard again from rear of grid tomorrow.”
Cameron Shields continued his fine form at his home circuit, taking the outright win in a National Class car.
Rumble enthused about the young local: “He deserves all the credit he gets. You don’t rock up and just beat a guy as experienced as our Tim in a straight out fight. The kid is only 15 and has real potential, and the Gilmour boys did an excellent job with the car.”
“If you’re going to get your pole award streak broken by anybody, you’d take that. The kid’s a future star.”
Earlier in Qualifying, Macrow third behind Shields and Anthony. “We improved a lot in pace over yesterday, but still didn’t have quite enough for the Gilmour guys. It would have been nice to get the front row, in the end that 0.04 behind Anthony in qualifying was crucial in the washup at the first corner,” Rumble continued.
The team starts from rear of grid tomorrow, with Race 2 at 9:45am. They start from position 3 for Race 3, at 1:05pm. Both races will be streamed at the Shannons Nationals website.
Entry to the circuit at Queensland Raceway, near Ipswich tomorrow is only $30, with seven categories of racing. Live timing will be on the Natsoft website. Fans can see the car up close in the marquee at the back of the paddock.
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.