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Aug 3, 2013

MACROW WINS, POLES AT QR

TIM MACROW’s biggest issue in winning today’s opening Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship race at Queensland Raceway was, in fact, the race immediately before it.

Macrow had a last-minute call up to drive Dean Koutsoumidis’ Audi R8LMS in the Australian GT Championship this afternoon and adapting from the GT car to his regular Dallara F3 racer would turn out to be his biggest issue.

From pole, Macrow took just a few laps to switch his style to his regular ride before storming away to his 24th career win and an extended championship lead.

He led Nick Foster home with Ben Gersekowski slipping to third from his excellent second-placed effort in qualifying.

“It took me a few laps to get my braking markers right,” Macrow said, having started the F3 race less than 30 minutes after jumping out of the Audi.

“Usually I try to break the race in the first few laps but this time I had to do all the work at the end. Once I had my eye back in I was able to press on and got the fastest laps a few laps from home.

“The car was superb all day, I can’t fault that or the effort the team has put in to make it so good. It’s been a really good start to the weekend.”

The result today extends Macrow’s lead over Magro – who could only manage fifth – to 21 points, Foster closing back to within 10 points of his Team BRM team-mate in the battle for second and third.

Two races remain tomorrow for others to respond. Foster was solid in second place today, and Gersekowski’s third place was his second podium finish of the year and closed him to less than 12 points behind fourth-placed Nathan Morcom in the championship battle.

Morcom battled today and struggled to match the pace of the leaders.

There was a sensational battle in the Forpark Australia F3 National Class, Queenslander Arrie Maree edging out Jon Collins and Todd Hazelwood in a close three-way battle.

Hazelwood was slow away and Collins took immediate advantage, never more than a second behind Maree for the entire 12-lap duration.

A further two races will complete round five of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship tomorrow; a further 12-lap sprint race and the 16-lap feature to complete the program.