Aussie Racing Car champ to make F3 debut

Adrian Cottrell at last December's Mallala F3 test

Adrian Cottrell at last December's Mallala F3 test

Reigning Aussie Racing Car Series winner Adrian Cotrell will make his Formula 3 Australian Drivers’ Championship debut at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide this weekend.

Cottrell has completed a late deal with R-Tek Motorsport that will see the local driver race in F3 for the weekend, in addition to his ARC efforts.

The deal has been completed with backing from South Australian businessman James Rosenberg, who owns the Racing Entitlements Contract that Tim Slade competes under in the V8 Supercars Championship.

Cottrell joins fellow South Australian Chris Slusarski, former Australian F3 Champion James Winslow and reigning Forpark Australia F3 Scholarship winner Steel Guiliana in the four-car R-Tek squad that makes up a third of this weekend’s field.

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“It’s going to be a big weekend,” said Cottrell of his double-duties.

“I’ll be racing in the Aussie Racing Cars with my team but the chance to get behind the wheel of an F3 car on the Adelaide streets is fantastic.

“I’ve had two days behind the wheel of the car at Mallala and I feel very comfortable in the car so it’s going to be a great experience.

“Ian Richards from R-Tek Motorsport and James Rosenberg have been very supportive in putting this deal together and the team will be announcing some partners across this weekend to set us up for the remainder of the year.”

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