Finding his set-up much improved after early weekend problems, the Team BRM driver was able to attack the circuit properly for the first time and quickly pulled out a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field. However, just when it appeared that the elusive victory might be his, Winslow was again slowed by the safety car, which turned the race into a one-lap shoot-out.
Expecting a dogfight with Martin, the Briton found himself side-by-side with the Australian several times in the race to the chequered flag, but was in front when it mattered, giving him one final victory in a successful season.
“We were finding it almost impossible to hop over the high kerbs in the first couple of races, which was costing us as much as seven tenths,” Winslow revealed, “We decided that we had nothing to lose by making big changes to the car for the final race and, although it was potentially a very risky option, the set-up was much better and you could see what a difference it made.
“Everything was looking good until the safety car came out again, and I knew that John would be trying everything to get in front of me on that final lap. We must have been side-by-side five or six times, but I managed to keep in front even though it was all going on.”
Victory capped a dramatic Australian F3 campaign for Winslow, in which he overcame a constant search for sponsorship to clinch the title at the final round. However, winning at Surfers Paradise, in front of some influential individuals, was an equally important achievement for the Briton.
“I'm really pleased to have won here,” he admitted, “It's been a great weekend and, even though we didn't have the best car at the beginning, it's been great to have to really fight hard to get to the front and win the final on one of the best street tracks in the world.
“The team did a good job to work through the initial problems and give me a car to compete for the win, and it's a great way to end my Australian F3 Championship-winning season.
“It's also great preparation for what I hope will be my final F3 event, when I tackle the Macau Grand Prix next month. That will be an altogether different challenge, but I am ready for it after this.”