Teenager Chris Anthony blasted his way into the record books by setting a lap record during his opening race victory in round 3 of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship at Bathurst.
The 18-year-old Anthony shot into the lead from polesitter Simon Hodge on the opening lap and was never headed.
In the process he surpassed Shane van Gisbergen’s outright lap record in claiming his maiden win in the wings and slicks class.
Anthony’s new lap record stands at 2:03.8254s – a mere 0.03s quicker than van Gisbergen’s record set at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February.
“It’s a big thing… It’s just massive! I can’t comprehend it all at the moment,” Anthony said.
“I can’t thank everyone back at Cooma enough for supporting me. We put on these fundraisers, sausage sizzles, and the whole town comes down to support us and it’s incredible.
“We’re doing this on a budget, round by round, trying to see if we can get to the next one.”
Ben Gersekowski finished second, working his way from fifth position at the start to third early in the race.
A long battle with championship rival Simon Hodge ensured, the McDonald’s Gilmour Racing pilot eventually working his way past mid-race.
He then set out after the runaway leader and lapped traffic helped close the margin to less than four seconds at the line – but ultimately the Queenslander was happy to gain points on his nearest title rival.
After walking away from a 5G crash in practice yesterday his effort was a stout comeback.
Hodge had a quiet race to third, but maintains a narrow one-point title lead heading into tomorrow’s second race of the round.
Arrie Maree was involved in an early battle with Chelsea Angelo and Garnet Patterson before clearing the warring Forpark National Class rivals, finishing a solid fourth but setting lap times equivalent to the leaders by the end of the 12-lap affair.
Hodge leads the Australian Drivers Championship by one point heading into tomorrow’s second race, Anthony now just 21 points off the series lead in third.
Patterson and Angelo had one of the battles of the race, swapping positions regularly in the fight for the National Class victory.
Patterson made a superb start and sat third on the opening lap, before he was chased down by Gersekowski and Maree in the early stages.
Angelo also worked her way past the New South Wales driver mid-race, before Patterson regained the class lead on lap seven.
He would hold it for two laps before Angelo would work her way past again before ultimately holding on for the class victory.
AGI Sport driver Nathan Gotch scored the outright lead in Formula 3’s Kumho Cup, a strong performance to seventh outright giving him the class victory ahead of the ever improving Roland Legge and Dennie Rumble.
See below for result Race 1
|1||Team BRM||Christopher Anthony||Dallara F307 – Mercedes||25:04.0631||2:03.8245|
|2||McDonalds Gilmour Racing||Ben Gersekowski||Dallara F311 – Mercedes||25:06.1743||2:03.8715|
|3||Team BRM/Mygale Australia||Simon Hodge||Mygale M11 – Mercedes||25:07.8740||2:04.4075|
|4||Harvest Motorsport/Forpark||Arrie Maree||Mygale M11 – Mercedes||25:12.5695||2:04.1476|
|5||OzStaff Racing||Chelsea Angelo||Dallara F307 – Mercedes||25:23.1639||2:04.7725|
|6||Garnet Patterson Racing||Garnet Patterson||Dallara F307 – Mercedes||25:25.3764||2:05.3127|
|7||AGI Sport||Nathan Gotch||Dallara F304 – Renault||26:20.5906||2:10.6779|
|8||R-Tek Motorsport||Roland Legge||Dallara F304 – Spies||26:42.0620||2:11.0001|
|9||Alpine Motorsport||Dennie Rumble||Dallara F304 – Spies||25:25.1043||2:15.4603|