One point is all that separates new series leader James Winslow and closest rival Leanne Tander following the penultimate round of the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship; a typically dramatic round held this weekend at Phillip Island.
Winslow was the winner of a safety-car dominated 150th F3 championship race after a last-lap pass on Tander, whilst she fought back in race two to record a retaliatory win and set up the tight fight for the Gold Star with just one round remaining.
Former championship leader Nathan Caratti had a horrible day, scoring just one point and slipping some 29 points behind the leader, though he remains in contention for the championship.
As a result Winslow now leads Tander and Caratti as the three contenders set to fight for the right to call themselves Australia's Champion Driver and win the Gold Star.
Lee Farrell won both F3 National Class heats to keep his battle with Chris Gilmour alive into the final round of the series, to be held at Symmons Plains between September 19–21 this year.
A shortened first race began behind the safety car due to the wet conditions before going green with two laps had been completed - only to be reduced to a crawl once again after an incident just a moment following the green flag.
Nathan Caratti and Stuart Kostera both ran off the circuit after Siberia, Kostera burying his car in the sandtrap with Caratti having the more severe accident and making heavy contact with the tyre barrier with the rear of his Team BRM Dallara.
Tander had led the majority of the race and continued to do so when the race was restarted with two laps remaining, but made an error at turn two to hand the race to Winslow who had just slipped past, the Brit going on to win the race with storming drive.
Tander recovered to eighth place after the spin whilst the big beneficiaries were Justin Tate and Mat Sofi, who both assumed outright podium finishes for their toil in challenging conditions.