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Oz: Foster leaves it late - again
25 April 2009
Joey Foster is making a habit of leaving his best lap to last and, just as he did at the Clipsal 500, used it well in qualifying to score pole position for the first of two races in this weekend's second round of the F3 Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.
Foster backed up his performance to also take pole for race two, to continue the 'perfect' score he is building this season having taken all 44 points available at Clipsal. He has added a further two points to his tally – and a further $400 to his bank balance, thanks to pole award sponsor Yorkshire Investments - this weekend, after bumping Mat Sofi to second place after the flag had flown, taking pole by just three-hundredths and denying the AmPro Tools/Astuti Motorsport driver his first career pole.
Tim Macrow was third fastest, ahead of National class pacesetter Tom Tweedie and TanderSport's Ben Crighton, while the grid for race two will see Foster ahead of Sofi, Macrow, Crighton and Tweedie.
“It was a close run thing,” Foster said of qualifying one, “I pushed so hard and braked as late as I could into the final corner to find as much time as possible. I'm making a habit of getting these pole positions after the flag has come out – but it's fantastic. The team are doing a great job and I'm looking forward to the races tomorrow. To be on pole here without having done any testing is great.”
Sofi recorded his two best career F3 starting positions and said that he was pleased to be at the front – where they expect to be.
“To be honest, had I not been down with the 'flu at Clipsal I think that we had the pace to be in this position there,” Sofi said, “We have made some good changes to the car and it's really good. There's not much you can do about a few hundredths of a second. I know the car has the pace to do it because I was up on the final lap but made a mistake and lost a few tenths. I think we are a real shot tomorrow.”
Macrow was a quiet third in both sessions today, whilst Tweedie's giant-killing debut F3 season continued with fourth outright in race one qualifying, and fifth in the second – comfortably on top in the National class on both occasions.
TanderSport driver Crighton was the biggest improver of the day – finding seven-tenths of a second between sessions to improve his time dramatically this afternoon. Crighton proved Friday that he has plenty of pace available, as his practice best of 54.8secs would have placed him third on the race one grid.
The F3 Australian Drivers' Championship will honour the late Graham Watson tomorrow with former RALT champion Neil McFadyen leading the field around on the parade lap for both races in a classic Ralt RT4.
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