F3 » 17 March 2009
Macrow returns in search of second Oz F3 title
Tim Macrow will attempt to join an exclusive list in 2009, after deciding to return to Formula Three in pursuit of a second Australian Drivers' Championship.
The list of those to have won more than one crown is both short and illustrious - including the likes of Mark Skaife, Paul Stokell, Simon Wills and John Bowe - while only one driver, Paul Stephenson, has ever won two national F3 titles, but Macrow will attempt to place himself amongst that company after confirming that he will return with Scud Racing, the team that assisted his successful quest for the title two years ago.
After assisting the team with a brief shakedown of its Dallara–Mercedes, the 26-year old will drive full-time this year in an effort to give team owner and long-time F3 supporter Bill Maddocks a championship title in the top class. With the likes of Leanne Tander and reigning champion James Winslow having moved on, Macrow will be the most experienced championship class driver on the grid, having 50 race starts and 27 podium appearances, including seven wins, to his credit.
“I'm excited to be driving again,” Macrow enthused, “I'm very appreciative of Bill Maddocks and the Scud Racing team for giving me this opportunity. It has been a long time out of the seat and I've been itching to get back into some regular racing, so this is a fantastic opportunity and one I can't wait to be part of.
“The team showed last year that they can be consistent frontrunners, and it was only some bad luck that cost them a race win. Bill and his team have been great supporters of mine and helped my championship campaign in 2007 so hopefully, this year, we will be able to challenge for regular race wins and, ultimately, the championship.”
Macrow finished fourth in his first full championship attack in 2005, despite missing two rounds, and finished second the year after, before delivering one of the most thrilling title wins in series history in 2007, having been forced to come from fourth on the grid to win the title at the final race of the season. Last year, in the absence of funds to race elsewhere, he kept his eye in by racing on three occasions in the series' National Class, winning four of the six races he started and scoring enough points to finish third in the class title race.
He will be reunited with his championship-winning mechanic/engineer Garry Sturdy and regular engineer Barry Jones at Scud this year, beginning his campaign on the unfamiliar Clipsal 500 layout in Adelaide this weekend.
“I can't wait to race there,” Macrow said of the former Australian GP venue, “It's an awesome track and one everyone wants to race at. I've got an excellent relationship with Garry Sturdy, and Barry Jones will be around this year as well, so to be able to work with both of them, Terry Stott and Bill is very exciting. It's a comfortable team situation that should see us work well together.”
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