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Round 2, Williams wins and breaks another Lap Record   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 11/06/2017 at 7:08:50 PM 
Calan Williams has won his first round of the Australian Formula 3 Premier Series winning round 2 at Mallala Motorsport Park with an impressive turn of speed and maturity, the Gilmour Racing driver won two of the three races and walked away with the Formula 3 lap record.

Friday practice was an indication of the pace expected over the course of the weekend with Williams coming within 4-tenths of the outright lap record. In qualifying Williams took the pole dipping into the 1:02’s, well under the Formula 3 lap record and again 4-tenths from the outright. Alpine Motorsport’s John Magro was 2nd fastest and National class front runner Roman Krumins 3rd.

Magro got the jump at the start of Race 1 holding onto the position until the 6th lap when Williams made his way past around the outside at the Southern Hairpin. R-Tek Motorsports Nathan Kumar had a scary moment on the 7th lap, he was running 3rd having passed teammate Krumins when his front suspension failed going into the Northern Hairpin. After the safety car restart Williams held on for the win lowering the Formula 3 lap record to a 1:03.84 ahead of Magro and Krumins, local R-Tek driver Andrew Roberts passed Shane Wilson with 1 lap to go to take 4th.

Reverse grid top 4 saw Roberts off pole however too much wheel spin saw Magro jump from the 2nd row to the lead, Roberts then slid off at turn 3 on cold tyres dropping to the rear of the field. Magro held onto the lead for 3 laps until his 3rd gear decided to let go forcing his retirement, this let Williams free for the win lowering the F3 lap record again to a 1:03.4078. Krumins continued his consistently weekend staying out of trouble for 2nd. Roberts was 3rd after chasing down Wilson making the pass on lap 10, the pair running side by side for most of the lap and then passing Kumar when he spun on lap 13.

The final race of the weekend was an epic battle between the title rivals Williams and Magro. It was Magro who got the jump at the start where he managed to hold off Williams 15-lap onslaught, the pair were never much more than a car length apart. Krumins again was the best of the rest passing Kumar on lap 11, Wilson finished 5th. Roberts’ impressive weekend came to an end off the line with a broken driveshaft.

Despite Magro’s DNF he still holds onto a 10 point lead over Williams in the Championship, Kumar has jumped Chris Gilmour for 3rd. Krumins has a 17 point lead over Wilson with Roberts a further 13 points adrift.

Round 3 takes place at Sydnet Motorsport Park on the 30th June – 2nd July.

(photo: Rosalie Siddell)

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