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Hodge Marches On....

Hodge Marches On....

Formula 3 Australian Championship : Queensland Raceway 5th  Round / August 8-10, 2014 Simon Hodge/BRM on pole again, wins the round and keeps the lead of the Championship   Simon Hodge/BRM won round five of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship, in one of the upsets of the season at Queensland Raceway. ...

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751135586Nick Foster has driven his Mygale to a podium in his debut meeting in Formula 3 competition while Jack LeBrocq has taken Mygale’s first ever pole position in Australian F3 during the opening round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship at Bathurst’s Mt Panorama circuit.

Foster, the former Formula Ford and Carerra Cup driver, has been charged with aiding in developing the Mygale chassis to suit Australian conditions and headed to the unforgiving Bathurst circuit with modest expectations. However Foster produced a stunning wet weather drive in his first weekend of F3 competition to grab a well-deserved podium placing in race two.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Mygale Australia owned, Team BRM car with Foster running wide at the top of the mountain in practice two and missing the session with bent rear suspension. The Team BRM crew had the damage quickly rectified and Foster qualified in a promising seventh place in what is regarded as one of the most competitive F3 fields ever assembled in Australia.

After qualifying in 10th place Foster moved up to seventh in race three before jumping to an outstanding third in race two which was held on a treacherously wet Mt Panorama circuit. Foster was pressuring reigning F3champion James Winslow for second when the safety car was deployed and the race was declared a couple of laps later.

LeBrocq, the current Australian Formula Ford Champion and also in his first round of F3 competition qualified in an outstanding third place for race one and finished fourth. He also set the race’s fastest lap and was therefore placed on pole position for the race two finale. Unfortunately for LeBrocq he stalled at the start and from there made a strong recovery to finish inside the top 10.

Mygale Australia boss Greg Woodrow was thrilled with the success of the weekend, in what was an encouraging debut for both Foster and LeBrocq.

“Both of our Mygale drivers did an outstanding job this weekend,” said Woodrow.

“To come here with very little experience of the car and to perform so well on such a daunting circuit is a credit to the way they drove and to the professionalism of their teams.

“We were here to learn and to be honest we were probably more competitive than we thought we would be so that gives us a great deal of confidence heading into the rest of the season.”

LeBrocq sits fourth in the Championship standings after the opening round while Foster is just one position back in fifth.

The Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship continues next weekend at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway just outside of Launceston.