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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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harvest-m10THE FORMULA 3 Australian Drivers championship will welcome the first of the latest-generation chassis to the series at the Coates Hire 300 at Queensland Raceway, next weekend. 

Brand-new Melbourne team Harvest Motorsport has confirmed the long-awaited debut of their Mygale M-10 chassis, the first of the most recent F3 chassis cycle eligible to compete in the Australian Championship to enter for a round this year. 

The 2008-2011 generation cars became eligible this season, Harvest Motorsport importing their car at the beginning of the season before undertaking a testing program in advance on a championship attack this season.

The car, powered by a Mercedes Benz engine, has run several times at Winton Raceway however the Queensland Round will be its first race in anger on local soil. 

Experienced F3 competitor Roman Krumins will drive the car at his home track in his first start of the 2012 season. 

The M-10 Mygale is an evolution of the M-07 chassis driven successfully to a fourth-placed finish at Darwin earlier this year by Cameron Waters, and has tasted success in European Formula 3. 

“It has been a long time coming but we’re very happy to be able to come to a deal with Roman to make the debut of our car,” Harvest Motorsport’s Terry Stott said. 

“Though Roman has never driven it, we have tested several times at Winton and the car has performed really well. We wanted to make sure that we had an opportunity to run the car away from the pressure of National competition to make sure it all ran smoothly – which it did. 

“Queensland is the next step forward in getting the car on track at a race meeting to begin to gauge it against everyone else. Roman did a fantastic job in the Forpark National class last season and has a lot of experience in these cars so should be able to offer some feedback and further direction to help our development on the car and as a team.”

Krumins, with 32 Formula 3 starts to his credit, said he was looking forward to the opportunity to sample the latest Formula 3 Machinery next weekend. 

“It’s good to be making a bit of a comeback next weekend, and to do it in a brand-new, never-been-raced car is a little bit special, too,” he said. 

“It’s going to be a learning weekend for everyone involved and we’re going out to learn as much experience as we can and make sure the car comes home in all three races. Terry was with me on my first ever Formula 3 start so it is great to be able to work with him again. 

“I know Queensland Raceway quite well and have completed a lot of laps there, so hopefully that assists what we are all working together to achieve at the weekend. 

“Personally, I haven’t raced since last November so it will be good to get back in the seat and get the rust off!” 

In accordance with Formula 3 technical regulations, the 2008 (and onwards) specification vehicles will run at a mandated 550kg racing weight, opposed to the 540kg run by the existing vehicles. 

Pending the introduction of further 2008-2011 specification vehicles into the championship next year, this regulation will be reviewed following the completion of the 2012 season. 

Round six of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship gets underway on Friday, August 3rd and will be comprised of three races across the weekend, including a 24-lap feature on Sunday.