In a history making weekend, Joey Foster and Mitch Evans have taken Formula 3 Australian Drivers' Championship glory at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne; a dramatic turn of events delivering Foster the championship and Evans the F3 SuperPrix season finale'.
Foster turned a three-point deficit to a seven-point victory in the Australian Drivers' Championship today by winning race one and finishing second in the SuperPrix event, to seal the first ever back-to-back titles for Team BRM and complete a remarkable recovery from serious injury's sustained in Germany several years ago.
Mitch Evans, meanwhile, became the youngest ever winner of an Australian Formula 3 and Gold Star race as he flew to a stunning victory in wet conditions in the 22-lap F3 SuperPrix at the age of just 15.
In the space of just a few seasons, Foster has gone from a badly broken back after an F3 crash on a German Superspeedway, to winning Australia's premier Open-Wheel award and accepted the Australian Drivers Championship title and the status as a CAMS Gold Star winner.
With James Winslow winning in 2008, It was the first time in Gold Star history that British drivers have won the title in consecutive years, the first time a Team BRM driver has won it in consecutive years and a remarkable result in a season that saw the remarkably evenly matched Foster and Tim Macrow win seven races each.
“When you look back three or four years ago, to where I was, it feels amazing to be here today as a championship winner,” Foster said.
“It has been an incredible season. Thanks go to the team because they have done a great job all year and it's fantastic to be able to deliver them back-to-back titles for the first time. Tim (Macrow) has been a great rival all year and it's been good to have such a close fight all season long. It's been hugely challenging and the year had its ups and downs, but it's all come together today.
“I'm very relieved, happy and looking forward to celebrating this one!”
Tim Macrow finished second in the championship after struggling for straight-line speed this weekend, finishing second in race one and fourth in the SuperPrix.
In his customary fighting and aggressive style the Victorian-based 2007 Gold Star winner did what he could but his car lacked the outright punch of the Team BRM Dallara's at Sandown. Macrow finishes his third full season in the Gold Star as the series most successful driver ever, with 14 race wins and more than 35 career podiums to his credit.
New Zealander Evans, a standout in Formula Fords this year, trailed team-mate Foster and Macrow's Scud Racing Dallara in the early stages of the SuperPrix before a bold and adventurous move saw him tow up behind Macrow mid-race and pass him for second. He then set about chasing down Foster and managed to slip by the would-be champion with just a few laps remaining.