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Round 4, Williams takes a clean sweep to lead the series   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 19/08/2017 at 12:39:24 PM 
Calan Williams has taken a clean sweep, pole position, 3 fastest laps, 3 wins and the series lead at Phillip Island.

A wet track greeted the Formula 3 teams for the first practice session, Gilmour Racing’s Calan Williams was first to come to grips with the wet track going fastest ahead of R-Tek Motorsport’s Andrew Roberts in the Dallara F304. Dennie Rumble was 3rd fastest, filling in for the Alpine Motorsports squad in the absence of Series leader John Magro who was home on daddy duties after the birth of his baby daughter.

Practice 2 was a little kinder for the drivers with a dry but cold track for the entire session. Williams was again fastest by a decent margin in the absense of his main title challenger Magro. The next 4 cars were covered by a second with Rumble ahead of Roman Krumins, Shane Wilson and Roberts.

Qualifying was again challenging with light rain falling only a couple of minutes into the session. Williams got in an early good time and was never challenged claiming his 4th straight All Properties Group Pole Position award. Rumble was 2nd ahead of Wilson who recovered from a spin, Krumins was 4th from Paul Zsidy and Roberts who was also caught out by the conditions with John English 7th.

The rain returned for Race 1 at Phillip Island making conditions extremely difficult, Krumins, Roberts and Rumble all having spins. Williams was strong again taking a clear victory ahead of Wilson who kept himself out of trouble, Rumble and Krumins were 3rd and 4th ahead of English, Zsidy and Roberts’, who’s big spin at turn 1 no doubt required more than just a change of tyres!

Race 2 was even more eventful, whilst Williams cruised to another win behind him there was action a plenty. Roberts spun on the warm up lap glancing the barriers and becoming bogged, Zsidy spun on lap 6 also becoming stuck in the Phillip Island swamp. Rumble though had a monster over Lukey Heights making heavy contact with the left rear of the car, thankfully Rumble was able to get out of his car unaided and is ok.

Race 3 was a little less eventful with Williams taking an untroubled lights to flag win. Wilson got the jump of Krumins to lead the National class until Krumins put a great move around the outside at turn 1 on lap 2. Krumins finished second, his National title hopes boosted by Wilson's retirement 2 laps from the end. Zsidy and English were 3rd and 4th with English taking the round win. Both Rumble and Roberts were not starters, Rumble's Race 2 damage too much to repair and Roberts' Dallara failing to fire up in time for the race start.

Williams now leads Magro by 37 points ahead of Nathan Kumar who had come down with a virus and was unable to race. Chris Gilmour and Rumble are 4th and 5th. In the National Class Krumins put one hand on the cup extending his lead to 67 points from Wilson with Roberts a distant 3rd.

Round 5 of the series moves to Queensland Raceway on September 15th-17th.

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