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Jun 18, 2013

Foster Dominates To Take City Of Darwin Cup

NICK FOSTER has stormed to victory in the City of Darwin Cup in a day of domination at Hidden Valley Raceway. 

Fresh from taking his and French constructor Mygale’s first ever Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship victory earlier this morning, Foster dominated the 14-lap feature race from start to finish to take home the series most prestigious race. 

Foster won by six seconds, led every lap and jumped from sixth to second in the championship standings in a crushing weekend that took his F3 win tally from zero to two within the space of five hours. 

Tim Macrow finished second to give Team BRM a 1-2 result and actually extended his championship lead from two points to seven, whilst Ben Gersekowski was superb en route to third place – his maiden Formula 3 podium finish – for Gilmour Racing. 

The Queenslander, already successful in both Formula Ford and Carrera Cup competition, says championship calculations have instantly emerged following his success this weekend. 

“I hadn’t even though about it before today, to be honest,” Foster said. 

“To be second in points behind Tim going into the next round is exciting for all of us and now we have to keep scoring points and getting trophies.

“We’ve known the car speed has always been there but this weekend we put it all together. It’s a credit to Mygale and to Team BRM for all their hard work getting the car up to speed. 

“The car is very capable and today it was brilliant.” 

Earlier on Sunday, Foster recorded his first Formula 3 victory but also the first race-win for a Mygale chassis in the championship. The result was the first time in 237 points-paying F3 races in Australia that a car built by someone other than Dallara had won a race. 

Third-year Formula 3 driver Ben Gersekowski was thrilled with his maiden podium finish this afternoon, having recorded two fourth-placed finishes earlier in the preliminary races. 

Of note, the 21-year-old is the first driver without the surname Gilmour to record a podium result in a car entered by the expanding Queensland team and jumped from eighth to fifth in the standings in the process. 

“It’s fantastic to know you can run with some of Australia’s best drivers like Tim and Nick here,” he said. 

“It’s really great to be able to score that first podium and take a trophy home from this amazing event. The car was faultless all weekend and it’s been fantastic. From here we will just keep bagging as many points as possible and see how it goes – next step is second place and then wins!” 

After the dramas in race one, today’s pair of races were incident free, clean and hard racing featuring throughout. 
Jordan Oon finished his best-ever Formula 3 weekend with fourth in the City of Darwin Cup, whilst Kiwi rookie Andre Heimgartner (Erebus Academy Mygale) fought his way to fifth place after a race-long battle with R-Tek driver, Nathan Morcom. 

There was success for Queensland-based drivers in the Forpark Australia National class as well today, with Gilmour Racing’s Arrie Maree continuing his ongoing domination of the F3 race within a race. 

Maree has now won all seven class races this year, Todd Hazelwood settling into second place today. 

Tim Macrow leads the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship after three of a scheduled seven rounds, with the next set for Sydney Motorsport Park with the Shannons Nationals. 

Nick Foster sits second in the standings with John Magro third, despite failing to finish the race this afternoon. 

Round 4 of the Gold Star will be held in Sydney as part of the Shannons Nationals across the July 12-14 weekend.