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Shields: Outright Lap Record Under Threat
Australian Formula 3 Premier Series leader Cameron Shields believes the outright circuit record at Morgan Park could be broken this weekend, after recording some blistering lap times in free practice for Round 3 of the AMRS today.
The current lap record is a 1:07.9, set by last year’s national F3 Champion Calan Williams, and Shields is tipping the mark could be lowered in race conditions.
“The track conditions were very good today – the temperature was just about perfect, and we were dialling the car in nicely,” Shields said.
“Harri (Jones) and myself seemed to be closely-matched, so if we’re pushing each other hard in the races, I’d say there’s a good chance we’ll go close to breaking the lap record.”
New Tyre Deal for GT-1
GT-1 Australia has announced a long-term arrangement with Pirelli to be the control tyre supplier for the category.
According to category manager Paul Taylor, the tyre deal is a significant sign of strength for a class still in its infancy.
“Having an official control tyre supplier is obviously really important for ensuring a level playing field within the series, and the fact that a tyre manufacturer like Pirelli was prepared to commit to the series long-term shows there is a lot of confidence in the growth potential of GT-1 moving forward,” Taylor said.
GT-1 boasts an expanded competitor line-up this weekend, with the Ferraris of Scott Hookey, Jamie Arraton and John Nikolovski joining the existing contingent of Audis and MARC Cars, along with the Porsche of Rick Mensa
Strong Growth Potential for RX8 Cup Series
The new-for-2018 RX8 Cup Series is set to continue its expansion, with category manager Ric Shaw predicting there could be as many as 20 cars on the grid by season’s end.
After debuting at Winton with a solid 12-car field, the RX8 Cup has attracted 14 entries this weekend, and Shaw says more cars have been built.
“The interest in the category has been very strong, and we’re attracting a lot of people with no previous motorsport experience, or people who’ve competed in other disciplines,” Shaw said.
“This weekend for example, we welcome Aaron Prosser, who has come out of speedway competition.
“The aim of the series was to make it as affordable as possible for competitors to race at a national level, by keeping the category tightly-controlled.”
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