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Jun 11, 2016

Macrow extends series lead as rivals collide at Winton


Tim Macrow extended his series lead to 21 points after title rivals Roland Legge and Chris Anthony made contact at turn 1 in today’s Formula 3 race at Winton Motor Raceway.

The day started unexpectedly dry for All Properties Group Qualifying, with a competitive session that saw the top spot change multiple times in the last 2 minutes, with all three title contenders: Macrow (#88 AIE/Brookes Alpine Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes), Anthony (#17 McDonalds Gilmour Racing Dallara/Mercedes) and Legge (#8 PowerTx R-Tek Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes), all spending time in the top spot before Macrow prevailed.

The time, a 1:15.4105 was well under Ricky Capo’s qualifying mark from last year, and the margin of 0.2348 impressive given the disadvantage of the lower-downforce F307 Dallara.

Macrow took the All Properties Group $500 for pole, from Legge, and Anthony. Legge was even quicker on his final flyer, before spinning the car at the exit of Turn 12.

Race 1 in the afternoon started under threatening but dry skies. Macrow lead from the front, while Legge beside him bogged down, losing ground to Anthony from Row 2.

Anthony and Legge approached turn 1 side-by-side, with Anthony locking a brake and sliding into Legge, who then went off circuit to the right of the marshal’s post at Turn 2, putting him out of contention.

The skirmish gave Macrow the break he needed, easing to a 6.2 second victory over Anthony. In recovering Anthony set the fastest lap on lap 7, a 1:15.6884 well under the old 1:16.5494 lap record, and only 1.1 seconds outside the outright track record.

Roland Legge’s dramas were compounded by a mechanical issue forcing a retirement, which the team believe is not related to the trip through the grass on lap 1.

Cameron Shields (#73 McDonalds Gilmour Racing Dallara/Mercedes) drove with maturity beyond his 15 years to avoid the lap 1 incident, holding down second for the first three laps before Anthony passed him on lap 4. Shields finished the race third, and first in National Class ahead of Nathan Kumar (#7 Bluechip Taxation R-Tek Motorsports Dallara/Opel Spiess). Ross McAlpine finished 5th.

Macrow extends his series points lead over Anthony to 22, with 34 points up for grabs tomorrow.