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Jul 4, 2016

CHAMP STRIKES BACK IN COMPETITIVE SYDNEY SUNDAY

 

Just when it looked like the momentum in the 2016 Australian Formula 3 Premier series had shifted to McDonald’s Gilmour Racing’s Chris Anthony, the champ struck back.

Tim Macrow ceded race two of three at Sydney Motorsport Park to his McDonald's Gilmour Racing rival this weekend but instantly struck back in the 15-lap feature race later in the day, to win his fourth straight round in 2016. 

It extends his lead to 37 points with three rounds remaining, at Queensland Raceway, Phillip Island and back at Sydney Motorsport Park, respectively. 

“The car was perfect all weekend but in the final race it was as perfect as it could be,” Macrow said of his six-second thumping of the field. 

“The team has done a great job. We worked really hard this weekend with car setup for all conditions and all the different parts of the day. The track changes a lot so we had to adapt and it worked really well. 

“Lots of people to thank this weekend, especially Dennie, the whole team and all of our sponsors. It’s becoming a sensational year.” 

Chris Anthony finished second overall this weekend, retaining his place in championship contention despite now slipping further behind Macrow. 

Anthony was the star of the reverse top-four affair on Sunday morning, storming to victory after twice having to fend off Macrow’s advances in a chaotic and competitive 12 lap affair held in six-degree ambient temperatures. 

Macrow was unable to work his way past the Cooma driver, who recorded his second race win for the year in style. 

Trent Shirvington finished third overall this weekend despite a chaotic weekend that included two spins in his Quicksilver Team BRM Mygale. 

Still, the ever-improving Mygale driver finished fourth in race two and fifth in the finale’ to continue his sold season and close on third-placed Roland Legge in the standings. 

Roland Legge had a challenging weekend, despite once again showing his customary raw speed in his R-Tek motorsport Dallara F311. 

The Queensland driver spun out of race two, caught out on the exit kerb at turn eleven and spun into the tyre bundle – light damage to the rear wing caused by the contact. 

He then started the feature race from the back of the field and raced to fourth place to salvage some points ahead of the next round of the championship. 

Ricky Capo's championship return saw him finish third in race two - his first podium since last year's season finale - and fail to finish the final race after an electrical fault slowed his Jani-King Racing Dallara. 

Young Queensland rookie Cameron Shields was arguably a star performer of the weekend: rebounding from a non-finish (broken axle) in race two to score a stunning third outright in the feature race. 

The young gun made a sensational start to the feature, running third for the entire race and actually closing on his more experienced teammate in the closing laps – finishing just behind Anthony to grab third outright for the first time this year. 

He also extended his national class lead after nearest rival Nathan Kumar failed to score in races two and three with engine dramas in his R-Tek Dallara forcing him to the sidelines. 

Shane Wilson won the Kumho Cup class on his return to the championship this weekend, edging out Ross McAlipine after the pair had a weekend long battle in the battle of the F304-specication cars. 

The next round will be held at Queensland Raceway on July 29-31.