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2018 Round 1 - Cameron Shields wins the Rose City Cup   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 11/03/2018 at 3:20:44 PM 
The Australian Formula 3 Premier Series teams converged on Winton Motor Raceway running as part of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS), for the first round of the 2018 Series.

McDonalds Gilmour Racing’s Cameron Shields took out the feature race winning the Rose City Cup and in doing so clinched the opening round win. Jones Motorsport's Harri Jones and R-Tek Motorsport's Alex had a race long duel for second with Jones eventually claiming the second spot on the podium. In the National Class it was R-Tek Motorsport's Roman who cam through the field from 6th on the grid to take 4th outright sealing the National Class round win ahead of Ruff Racing's newcomer Gerrit Ruff, Wilson Team Racing's Shane Wilson and Bruce McKenzie. National Class Pole sitter R-Tek Motorsport’s Andrew Roberts had a horror weekend, after claiming the Pole Position for races 1 and 3, the starter motor failed to fire for rece 1 before a gearbox let go in race 2 ruling him out for the rest of the meeting.

Earlier in the day Jones won the second race of the weekend after Shields slid off on Roberts' oil. Shields recovered to finish 2nd ahead of Barboutis having his first weekend in a Formula 3 car. In the National Class it was Ruff who took line honours ahead of Krumins and Wilson, both of whom also went off on the oil, McKenzie rounded out the finishers.

Yesterday Shields took the first All Properties Group Pole Award with pole position under Tim Macrow’s qualifying record ahead of Jones and Barboutis. Roberts was fourth and first in National Class ahead of newcomer Ruff. Wilson was 6th ahead of reigning National Class champion Krumins and McKenzie.

Shields won the opening race in lights to flag victory ahead of Jones and Barboutis. In the National Class Krumins took the win after a great early dual with Wilson who was pressured into a mistake. Ruff managed some break issues to come home third ahead of McKenzie. Roberts who's weekend went from bad to worse failed to make the start after a starter motor issue.

Round 2 of the series takes place at Queensland Raceway in April.


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