The fight for the 2009 Formula 3 Australian Driver's Championship has reached a new level of intensity after two race wins under the Queensland sun lifted Tim Macrow to the joint-lead of the points race with Joey Foster.
The ever growing outright battle between Foster and Macrow – and also their respective teams, Team BRM and Scud Racing – reached its zenith in race one this morning as the pair staged an almighty duel for the win.
Macrow eventually fought off attack after attack by Foster to record the victory and then backed it up with a more straightforward drive in the second race to take out both 12-lap affairs, the first time he has ever won both races in an F3 round during his glittering career.
A pair of seconds, coupled with his race one pole position, was enough to ensure that Foster retains a share of the championship lead as the Gold Star fight heads to Oran Park in just five days time.
“It was a great weekend for us, really the ideal result,” Macrow said. “Race one was intense. At one stage I ran off the track at turn two and was bouncing through the dirt but there was no way I was going to lift!
"That little trip broke the suspension at the back and made the car really hard to get off the corners which left me open to attack so it was a huge challenge, but in the end we got the result.
“I nailed both starts – that was a huge help. The car was fantastic all weekend and performed well during both races so well done to the team for their hard work.
“With Oran Park next week the pressure will remain on but we have never lost sight that we could win this thing. Now we're tied up its back to square one and it's going to be a lot of fun.”
Though Foster twice finished second, he at least agreed with Macrow that the quest for the title really started now.
“It's obvious that we would have liked to have got more points from this weekend, but that's the way it is,” Foster said. “It was a really tough weekend.