WORLD WRAP: Aussies begin BRDC F3 tilt

Thomas Randle

Thomas Randle

Aspiring Australian single seater drivers Thomas Randle and Thomas Maxwell scored top 10 finishes on their European racing debuts in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.

Australian Formula 4 runner-up Randle and ex-Formula Ford racer Maxwell came through tricky stormy conditions to score points at the championship’s season opener at Snetterton.

Having topped the times in testing, Randle headed into the weekend earmarked as one of the favourites.

The Victorian continued to show his class by going fastest in Friday’s two practice sessions.

However, a brake issue developed throughout the weekend which saw him unable to repeat the pace shown on Good Friday.

Randle, who started from seventh on the grid, aquaplaned off the road in the opening race as wet weather engulfed the Norfolk circuit.

Thomas Maxwell

Thomas Maxwell

The Douglas Motorsport driver surged from the back of the grid to finish ninth in race two before coming home in fifth in the final race, netting him 10th in the championship with 32 points.

Meanwhile, countryman Maxwell endured a slightly better weekend claiming eighth in the championship standings four points ahead of Randle.

The Darwin teenager survived the slippery track surface to finish 11th in Race 1 before following those results up with a seventh and a ninth in the remaining two races.

Toyota Racing Series champion Lando Norris, Mattheus Leist and Enaam Ahmed claimed the top honours in the three races.

The BRDC British F3 Championship continues with a visit to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit from April 16-17.

Australian Superbike Championship

Troy Herfoss

Troy Herfoss

Troy Herfoss and Wayne Maxwell took victory in the second round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park.

After witnessing the race restart three times due to earlier accidents, the Honda raider came through to take the flag from team-mate and substitute rider Ant West, while Cru Halliday claimed the final spot on the podium.

Title contenders Maxwell and Glenn Allerton failed to the finish the opening race with the latter retiring after briefly holding the lead.

Maxwell redeemed himself in the second race with the Yamaha rider taking the win from West and Allerton, with Herfoss winning the round in fourth.

Herfoss now leads the championship standings by two points from Glenn Allerton with Maxwell in third.

The championship continues at Sydney Motorsport Park from April 16-17.

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