31st May 2003
QUALIFYING SESSION RED- FLAGGED TWICE; MAWER ON POLE
Wakefield Park, Qualifying 1 - 31/5/03
F3's first qualifying session was marred by a heavy accident at
turn one. James Cressey suffered brake problems on the main straight,
and crashed heavily into the tyre wall. Medical attention was required,
but fortunately Cressey was not seriously injured, and after a trip
to the medical center, he returned to the paddock.
The session opened with Jones and Caruso quickly down into the 55's
with Cressey, Reindler and Hackett in the 56's. Jones was setting
the pace, and followed up with a 54.9516. Caruso was second with
Cressey third, followed by BRM's Reindler, and PSC's Kenny Habul,
who was having a good session. Peter Hackett got the Dallara Sodemo
301Renault working, and went to second with a 55.122, pushing Caruso
down to third. Barton Mawer seemed to be taking his time, and was
well down in tenth place.
In the Yokohama Trophy class, Chris Coombs was quickest, with Maddocks,
Borg and Choon following. An unhappy Rees was having a confidence
crisis. He seemed to have trouble coming to terms with the Scud
Racing '96 Dallara Toyota on the new Yokohama tyre compound which
he has not driven on before.
Mid session, the red flag was brought out for the Cressey accident.
Coombs was also off the track and his car was stopped with an engine
misfire problem. While the medical intervention vehicles attended
to James Cressey, Coombs' car was also removed from the circuit.
When the session resumed at 10.20am, Caruso, went to the top of
the sheets, and Barton Mawer started producing the times expected
of him. The order was Caruso, Jones, Hackett, Mawer, Cressey and
But Mawer was not to be denied, and he put in his best lap late
in the session, a superb 54.7022 to take provisional pole.
Darren Palmer's bad weekend continued, with a stretched or broken
throttle cable finally ending his session. With his car stopped
on the infield, the red flag was again brought out, and the session
was deemed to be over.
Mawer was on pole for race one, with Michael Caruso beside him on
the front row, Jones and Hackett on row two.
In the Yokohama Trophy class, David Borg found the groove on his
very last flying lap, and took pole in a 59.1690. Coombs time of
59.8112 was good enough for second, with Maddocks in third.
Release, Australian F3-Association