F3 field bolstered by new competitors for Island finale
The Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship has been boosted by the entries of Nathan Morcom and Jake Fouracre for the final round at Phillip Island next weekend.
Morcom is welcomed back to the Australian Formula 3 series following a troubled stint in the US F2000 series.
The Sydneysider couldn’t hide his excitement as he gets back behind the wheel of an F3 car for the first time since the Sydney Motorsport Park Gold Star Round in 2010.
“I’m really looking forward to driving an F3 car again, especially at Phillip Island,” he said.
“F3s are the fastest cars currently racing in Australia, and The Island is the fastest circuit in Australia.
“I felt immediately at home when I drove an F3 for the first time at Eastern Creek two years ago.
“Without doing any testing, I was only half a second off the National class fastest lap in the races.”
In a coup for Morcom, it has also been confirmed that his race engineer will be 2007 Gold Star champion Tim Macrow.
Morcom will drive Astuti Motorsport’s Dallara F307-Renault, sponsored by Direct Plasterboard Outlet and Rondo, at the 4.445km Victorian circuit.
While Fouracre replaces reigning Australian Formula Ford Champion Cameron Waters at G-Force Motorsport.
Fouracre, who is the 2011 Victorian Formula Ford Champion will be making his first appearance in the Australian Drivers Championship.
His debut will also be his first racing weekend in any wings and slicks formula and his first race meeting since the Albert Park round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship.
The youngster remained level headed in his approach the final round of the championship.
“I’m under no illusions that we’re going to go there and win, but if we could be around the top five or so then I think we would have done a good job.” He said.
“Cameron Waters proved that the Mygale has good pace so that is an achievable goal for us.
“I’ll test the car for the first time at Winton this Friday and then we’ll look forward to Phillip Island.
“I haven’t done a lot of racing this year but I know the track well so it will all be about getting comfortable with the limits of the Mygale chassis.”
In other Australian Formula 3 news Team BRM’s Jordan Skinner and John Magro will be absent form the Phillip Island round.
Skinner will be absent due to his budget running out, while Magro’s Mercedes engine is currently in Germany getting repaired after it blew at the last round of the championship at Queensland Raceway.
With 11 cars entered for Phillip Island, car numbers are on the increase for the category, which is up 3.5 cars per round compared to last year.
See below for F3′s Phillip Island entry list.
|1||1||C||Gilmour Racing / WASH IT.com.au||Chris Gilmour||QLD||Dallara F307 – Mercedes Benz||2000||Red / Sliver|
|2||6||C||R-Tek Motorsport||James Winslow||UK||Dallara F307 – Mercedes Benz||2000||Black / Orange|
|3||7||C||R-Tek Motorsport / Forpark Australia||Steel Guiliana||NSW||Dallara F307 – Mercedes Benz||2000||Black / Orange|
|4||8||N||R-Tek Motorsport||Mike Wayne||SA||Dallara F304 – Spiess Opel||2000||Gray / Red|
|5||9||N||R-Tek Motorsport||Jon Collins||NSW||Dallara F304 – Spiess Opel||2000||Gray / Red|
|6||11||C||Astuti Motorsport / Yellow Tail Wines||Nathan Morcom||NSW||Dallara F307 – Renault Sodemo||2000||Yellow|
|7||22||N||LORD Structural Adhesives||Lockie Marshall||VIC||Dallara F304 – Renault Sodemo||2000||Red|
|8||42||N||BF Racing / Vic’s Timbers & Dressing||Ben Gersekowski||QLD||Dallara F304 – Spiess Opel||2000||Black / Orange|
|9||46||C||Harvest Motorsport||Roman Krumins||QLD||Mygale M10 – Mercedes Benz||2000||Black|
|10||48||C||G Force Motorsport / Mygale Australia||Jake Fouracre||VIC||Mygale M07 – Mercedes Benz||2000||Black / Orange|
|11||93||N||BF Racing||Hayden Cooper||QLD||Dallara F304 – Spiess Opel||2000||White|