For the third round in succession, Joey Foster and Tim Macrow have shared the glory in a round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers' Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.

The pair fought out a stunning first race today at Winton Raceway as the series made its return to the Benalla circuit for the first time since 2004.

Never split by more than a second in a pressure-cooker race, the pair drew side-by-side mid way though the 14-lap duration before Macrow was able to sweep though to convert his race one pole to a win, his third of the year.

In the best race of the season, both drivers admitted to pushing their cars to the limit in an effort to pressure one another into a mistake at the notoriously difficult to pass, 3 km circuit.
In race two Foster lead from start to finish in a more mundane affair to return serve to Macrow and even the round's ledger at the series' half-way point.

The buffer from the Team BRM driver to Macrow now stands at 20 points as the series moves to Eastern Creek in July.

"It was very tough to pass here and after race one I knew the start in the second race would be absolutely critical," Foster said following his race two triumph.

"Fortunately I got the start and just had to push hard to keep the margin to Tim and not make a mistake. It's very competitive at the moment and there was absolutely nothing between us all weekend. I'm looking forward to Eastern Creek because Team BRM has a great car there so hopefully it's a good weekend.

"It's nice to have a handy buffer in the championship but in one race it can all turn around so we need to keep the pressure on."

Macrow's race one triumph was arguably the best of his Formula 3 career, withholding immense pressure from his points rival for the entire duration to score his tenth career win and 32nd career championship podium.

"I got a great start in race one," Macrow grinned. "It was a really, really tough race - and a really great race too. The pressure was on the whole way though and Joey was just relentless which made it very challenging. As we saw in race two it is so tough to pass here so I knew if I could go mistake free I could hold him off. It was a sensational race, one of my best.

"It was good to get the solid points in race two and we're still right in it. We need a double win but it's so competitive, so we'll see how things go at Eastern Creek," he added.

Behind the two duelling leaders TanderSport driver Ben Crighton had a highly consistent weekend to score two podium finishes, and leap from fourth to third in the championship standings.

The New Zealand driver now sits within 30 points of Macrow in second place and said that despite some issues he was pleased with his consistency this weekend.

"We got good points this weekend," Crighton said. "The car was good on cold tyre pace which was pleasing, and it's always nice to get a couple of podiums."
AmPro Tools / Astuti Motorsport driver Mat Sofi had a horrible weekend, failing to finish the first race after light contact with Tom Tweedie - which in turn came after a slow start dropped him down the field.

In race two Sofi understeered off the circuit at the start and was forced to charge though the field, eventually gaining ground to score fourth-placed points.

In the F3 National Class Battery World driver Tom Tweedie extended his championship margin and continued to mix it with the later-specification Dallara's that make up the championship class. The Sydneysider was involved in a competitive dice with both Crighton and Sofi in race two in what was a strong weekend.

Jesse Wakeman continued his learning curve to get closer to the leading curve on his first visit to the Winton circuit, consolidating his second-placed position in the national class standings, whilst Maher Algadri and Rod Anderson both had solid weekends.

The next round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star will be held at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway, with round six of the Shannons Nationals.


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