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Story By: F3 Media Release  Date: 7/9/2011 at 1:32:30 PM 
IN AN INCREDIBLE display of support from friends, family, local supporters and his team, Tasmanian youngster Josh Burdon will continue his dream of contending for the Forpark Australia Scholarship when he returns to the F3 Australian Drivers Championship at Sandown this weekend.

The now 19-year-old – he celebrated his birthday at the weekend – spectacularly rolled out of the first race of the most recent Formula 3 round held at Morgan Park in Queensland.

His car badly damaged but with only pride injured, Burdon walked away from the crash thinking it was the end of his campaign to win a $50,000 subsidy towards an outright drive next season – but he has since found himself surprised by the level of support from family in particular that has since emerged.

Local media ran the story in support of their home-grown talent – aware that the final round of this year’s championship will be staged at Symmons Plains in November – but it was those closest to him who stepped up to the plate in the end.

In fact, it’s been enough to ensure his return at Sandown Raceway, in suburban Melbourne, this weekend.

“My 90-year-old Grandmother, who can rarely leave her house and is on a pension, was the first to send me money to get back on track,” Burdon said.

“She rang me at 10PM on Monday night this week and said she had transferred some money and that I should go and race.

“The support from all of my close family has been incredible and there aren’t enough words in the dictionary that can describe how thankful I am. Now I need to repay them by doing my best job possible when I get back in the car this weekend at Sandown.”

Burdon’s R-Tek Motorsport Dallara F304 has been repaired since the rollover with the crash only serving to showcase just how strong and safe the Formula 3 chassis really is.

The car had four damaged corners, a damaged front wing, side pods, a destroyed exhaust system (located in the vehicle’s sidepod) and other minor broken pieces however the Carbon Fibre safety cell that houses the driver was completely undamaged.

The car’s Spiess Opel two-litre engine even fired up the first time it was started on returning to the workshop, before the resurrection had even begun.

“R-Tek has shown a lot of faith in me this year,” Burdon explained.

“Their support has been incredible and Ian (Richards, team owner) has done an amazing job to get the car ready to race in such a short amount of time – especially when he has other cars to look after as well.

“We lost a lot of points at Morgan Park as we basically missed three races, but that’s not the point. To be able to have the chance to get back out there and give it everything I have is one I am not going to waste, for the team and everyone who has supported me.

“I felt we learnt a lot in practice and qualifying in Queensland that made me more confident in my driving and I hope to be able to carry that on this weekend.”

The Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will contest three races at Sandown this weekend, as part of the Shannons Nationals round at the Melbourne circuit.

With this and two other rounds remaining in the championship, Queenslander Chris Gilmour leads the championship by 19 points, with James Winslow in third a further ten behind.

Steel Guiliana leads the Forpark Australia F3 National class by just one point over Ben Gersekowski, with Burdon and BF Racing's Roman Krumins still in contention.

The races will be streamed live on the internet this weekend via and will be broadcast on SBS Speedweek and SPEED TV Australia’s Inside Speed in coming weeks.

The F3 Australian Drivers Championship is proudly supported by Forpark Australia, Kumho Tyres, ELF, Performance Friction Brakes, City of Darwin and Race Torque Media.
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