12st July 2003
TAKES POLE IN FIRST QUALIFYING
Oran Park, July 12, 2003
cool, fine conditions F3 took to the track for the first qualifying
session this morning at 10.50am. Barton Mawer quickly stamped his
authority on the session by recording a 1:04.0595 on just his third
lap, and first flying lap. Michael Caruso was hot on his heels early,
putting down a time of 1:04.5475 on his first flying lap. Christian
Jones was third followed by Kenny Habul and PSCs rookie Marcus
Cressey was sixth and not on the pace and Peter Hackett was languishing
in tenth before pitting for his crew to make adjustments to the
Dallara Renault Sodemo. Chris Gilmour was leading the pack in the
Yokohama Trophy class with a time of 1:09.5703.
made a move to fourth place on his fourth lap with a time of 1:05.5865.
BRMs Matt Fitzgerald seemed to be struggling in 17th place
while teammates Craig Rundle and Karl Reindler were in ninth and
tenth. David Borg moved ahead of Chris Gilmour to take the lead
in the Trophy class mid-session.
now back on the track seemed happier with his car and moved up to
fifth place with a time of 1:05.1595, while Kenny Habul was doing
well in sixth followed by Marchy Lee in seventh. Marcus La Delle
had dropped down to eighth.
Jones briefly went to second place on his ninth lap and the order
was Mawer, Jones, Caruso, Cressey, Hackett and Habul. Barton Mawer
repeated his stunning qualifying performance from Queensland by
putting in a heart-stoppingly quick 1:03.7301, a time that seemed
remained second but Reindler put in his best lap of the session
so far with a 1:04.7548 to move up to fourth place. The session
was red flagged when Craig Rundle spun due to gear box problems,
his car having to be retrieved from under the bridge. On the same
lap Bill Maddocks cruised to a halt on the exit of turn 1, unable
to select a gear, and neither of them took any further part in proceedings.
session resumed with the top order unchanged. Matt Fitzgerald improved
with a time of 1:06.9869 to move to tenth. Habul also improved with
a 1:05.5657 but remained in seventh place. Reindler went quicker
but stayed fourth, while Marchy Lee improved to take sixth place
ahead of Hackett and Habul.
in the session, Caruso made one final effort to overtake Mawer and
put in a 1:04.1066 but stayed in second place.
the Yokohama Trophy class, Chris Gilmour moved up to 12th outright
with a 1:07.5905 on his last lap to overtake Borg for pole position.
Graeme Holmes was third quickest followed by Anderson, Boothman
.75 of a second covered the top four drivers. The race lap record,
which has stood since August 2000 is held by Peter Hackett driving
a Dallara Toyota 97 in a time of 1:05.0150. Mawers qualifying
time today is nearly 2 seconds quicker!
Release, Australian F3-Association