Former Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship race winner Mat Sofi will return to the class this weekend at the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils event at Eastern Creek Raceway.
Having finished third in the 2009 championship, the Liverpool based insurance broker competed in just one round last year, and is again completing a partial campaign in 2011.
Sofi will again line-up in his Astuti Motorsport prepared Dallara F307-Mugen Honda, and says he expects to be competitive with the title contenders.
“I can’t tell you how much I want to get back in the car,” said Sofi.
“We’re coming out feeling pretty confident even though I haven’t been in the car in race conditions since the Eastern Creek round in September last year.
“We’re back in a big way and are doing it properly. Sam Astuti has prepared the car and the best thing is we have always shown plenty of speed at Eastern Creek.
“We won there in 2009 and I was in the top three on speed last year, so there’s no reason we can’t do it again.
“It’s a pretty tough field, though, so we’re under no illusions that we’re going to come in and blow the wings off them, but I’m confident the team will be competitive – and hopefully I will be too!”
Briton James Winslow leads the points standings after two rounds with 48 points, four clear of R-Tek team-mate Bryce Moore.
Unofficial practice ahead of Round 3 of the championship is taking place today, with Sofi setting the fastest time in the opening 20 minute session.
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See below for the full Round 3 entry list
|2||C||Transwest Insurance Brokers||Mat Sofi||Dallara F307-Mugen Honda|
|3||C||Magro Motorsport/Team BRM||John Magro||Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz|
|4||C||Team BRM||Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz|
|6||C||R-Tek Motorsport||Bryce Moore||Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz|
|7||NAT||R-Tek Motorsport||Steel Giuliana||Dallara F304- Spiess Opel|
|8||NAT||R-Tek Motorsport||Josh Burdon||Dallara F304- Spiess Opel|
|9||C||R-Tek Motorsport||James Winslow||Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz|
|14||NAT||BF Racing/Cosmetic Medicine Centre||Roman Krumins||Dallara F304- Spiess Opel|
|17||C||Gilmour Racing/racecarparts.com.au||Chris Gilmour||Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz|
|25||NAT||Tim Macrow Racing||Dallara F304-Renault Sodemo|
|32||C||Mygale Australia/National Surgical||Jon Mills||Mygale M07 Mercedes|
|42||NAT||BF Racing/Vic’s Timbers||Ben Gersekowski||Dallara F304- Spiess Opel|