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BRM rebounds to Oz F3 title.


Even-numbered years continue to work well for Adelaide-based Team BRM in the Kumho Tyres Australian F3 Championship, as James Winslow claimed the squad's fourth-title in eight seasons to continue a trend of winning the crown in alternate campaigns.

Bronte Rundle's operation won its first title with James Manderson in 2002, followed that up with Karl Reindler's crown in 2004 and then preceded Winslow's success by taking another Briton, Ben Clucas, to the championship in 2006.

Winslow won race one at Symmons Plain to clinch the title with one round to spare, but the Briton's success was not the only positive story for BRM, as Nathan Caratti remained in championship contention until the finale, where he scored enough points to secure third in the standings, and Irishman Lee Farrell outpaced National Class rival Chris Gilmour but had to settle for second in the 'race within a race' after a challenging season plagued with bad luck and misfortune.

”It has been a very long and tough season, but I was just thankful to be back in a car and racing again," Farrell commented, "I'm thankful to the team for doing the job that they have. They have worked so hard and long on a car that gave us a lot of grief.

“This weekend didn't go too badly for us - it was disappointing to not finish race one but, with the championship over for us by then, I was determined to go out and make sure that we finished strongly in the second one. There was no way that Gilmour was going to pass me in that!”

Team BRM drivers won nine of the 15 races held this season, with Winslow, Caratti and one-off returnee Clucas all making it to the top step of the podium. Caratti could have made it a round ten, but came up 0.06secs shy in the final round.

”It has been a tough season and a lot of things didn't go our way, including this weekend," Caratti lamented at the season finale, "The yellow flag in the [SuperPrix] race made it very difficult for me to get past Leanne [Tander] into the final corner, which is where we were very strong, and, in the end, I came close - but not close enough."

Farrell won five National Class races to give the team its best two-class result since clinching both the outright and trophy titles in 2004.

Of the part-time Team BRM drivers this season, Nick Percat started four races for the team and scored 38 points. John Magro started six and scored 36 points, whilst Clucas started two at the Clipsal meeting and also scored 36.

Kiwi Earl Bamber contested the opening two rounds with the team before budget forced him out and scored 23 points.



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