Back to the future as Gilmour wins again!

by Richard Craill

Monday, August 15th 2011, 12:38 GMT+10:00
Australia


There may have been times in the past six years where people forgot that Chris Gilmour went wheel-to-wheel with now-V8 Supercar star Karl Reindler for the 2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship title.

BACK TO THE FUTURE AS GILMOUR FINDS WINNING FORM AGAIN
15 August, 2011

There may have been times in the past six years where people forgot that Chris Gilmour went wheel-to-wheel with now-V8 Supercar star Karl Reindler for the 2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship title.

That year they fought tooth-and-nail all season to go into the final round on the streets of the Gold Coast split by the smallest of margins. And though history will show that Reindler eventually won the title, Gilmour’s competition all year made it one of the classics.

This weekend’s fourth round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship has reminded people of just that fact, as the Queenslander not only broke a seven-year winless streak but dominated proceedings to sweep the weekend.

Gilmour won both races today at Morgan Park to rocket to the top of the championship standings with three rounds to go.

After taking the first race yesterday, Gilmour won today’s second ‘sprint’ this morning but not after fending off second-placed Bryce Moore and John Magro all race long in a tense battle.

The feature race was no easier mission, the bright red All Properties Group Dallara again fending off Magro all race to win again and take his first ever round clean sweep.

“It’s the one I wanted, it’s brilliant and puts our championship right on track,” Gilmour beamed after race three today.

“The car has been getting quicker and quicker all weekend and the final race was the best yet. It was a tough battle with John but I felt like I was capable of keeping him behind because it’s very tough to pass here.

“I had a target of coming here and getting a ‘sweep’,” Gilmour added.

“With (James) Winslow away I needed to make sure that we took as much advantage as possible and aside from missing out on a couple of bonus points for fastest laps, it’s the best result we could have asked for.

Bryce Moore looked set for another strong result – after finishing second in today’s sprint race – but was cruelly robbed of a better result in the feature after his car had an electrical issue on the grid before the race start.

Magro’s second place did enough to move him to a clear second in the championship, with the absent Winslow now third and Moore still well in contention in fourth place.

“It was a great weekend for us,” Magro said.

“The car was really good and super fast all weekend, we just couldn’t get past Chris. I have to thank Team BRM for setting up a great car and R-Tek for helping me run it this weekend. I’m stoked with the results and to be this high in the championship.. I can’t wait for Sandown and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”

Bryce Moore’s misfortune allowed New South Welshman Steel Guiliana the opportunity to sweep through and finish the main race third, but not before continuing his massive season-long battle with Forpark Australia scholarship rival Ben Gersekowski.

The local driver had the early advantage in the feature race – after taking the points in the sprint race – but Guiliana took advantage of a good run off the final corner to pass up the inside at turn four in the second half of the race.

Gersekowski was fourth by less than two car lengths and the pair remains virtually inseparable in both the outright and class standings, whilst Roman Krumins moved to a clear third in the class point score after a consistent weekend with great pace in the second BF Racing-prepared Dallara.

The next round of the championship will be contested at Sandown Raceway, in Melbourne, On September 9 to 11, with the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils.

The F3 Australian Drivers Championship is proudly supported by Forpark Australia, Kumho Tyres, ELF, Performance Friction Brakes, City of Darwin and Race Torque Media.






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