Sep 22, 2014
HODGE GRABS THE WIN, ANGELO STARS
SIMON HODGE has battled his way to victory in Round 6 of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship at Phillip Island – but by no way was it an easy ride.
In two races he had to fend off closest championship rival Ben Gersekowski’s McDonald’s Gilmour Racing Dallara and on both occasion the intensity between the pair raised the bar on their already tight rivalry this season.
Hodge won the feature race after earlier running behind Gersekowski and pulled out to win a race that could be key in his championship hopes.
The Team BRM Mygale driver now leads the championship by 20 points heading into the next round at Sydney Motorsport Park.
“It’s fantastic always to get a race win and at this stage of the championship, they’re becoming more and more crucial,” Hodge said.
“To come away with a win not only in the first race but also the feature race this weekend, it’s been a massive boost for the championship and one we’ll look back on for Homebush. It’s only getting harder and harder against Ben, and it’s always great fun. It’s very, very close and at this place, the draft plays a massive part. It’s fantastic fun to mix it with him at the front of the field.”
Gersekowski finished second and again took a sprint race win from his nearest rival when he won race two on Sunday morning and remains very much in title contention ahead of the final two rounds.
Chris Anthony charged his way to third place behind the warring pair, having started from the back of the field.
The Cooma teenager charged from the back having spun in the earlier sprint race, and engaged in a mighty battle for second with Gersekowski and Chelsea Angelo for much of the race.
Anthony and Gersekowski swapped positions twice in one lap however the McDonald's driver was ultimately able to hold on to his hard-fought second position at the line.
Chelsea Angelo starred in her push to victory in the Forpark Australia National class, dicing with the championship class leaders and running as high as third outright in the feature race, before ultimately finishing a fine fourth outright.
The OzStaff Racing driver has now closed to within 14 points of National class leader Garnet Patterson ahead of the final two rounds of the championship.
“It’s insane! To come back after Queensland Raceway, which was a bit of a doozy, and come back and perform this well is awesome. Mixing it up with the front boys is awesome as well!” she said.
“The feature race was really good. It was a good battle with Chris, Ben and I and it would have been good to get out in front of Ben and catch up to Simon, but overall I was really happy with it.”
The next round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers championship will be held with the Shannons Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park, on October 31-November 2.
To find out what happened in race 2, click here - http://www.formula3.com.au/news.asp?id=1035