Jason Vince will donate $10,000 worth of sponsorship space to charity when he returns to action in this year's Kumho Tyres Australian Formula Three Championship.

The Queenslander has confirmed that he will drive at both Wakefield Park's opening round and the Australian Grand Prix supporting non-championship races at Albert Park with the logos of the Shane Warne Foundation adorning his Team BRM Dallara F304.

The Foundation was formed by the Australian cricketing icon Warne to increase his ability to donate funds and personal support to a large selection of children's charities, and works to raise money and awareness for the organisations that work with the seriously ill and underprivileged.

"I've been looking for a way to support the Shane Warne Foundation and, as a financial donated was not an option, this is the best way I can make people aware of the organisation," Vince explained, "I saw this as an opportunity to donate some signage on my car to the Foundation and try and support them in a different way. Hopefully, having them on the side of the car will help convince spectators at the grand prix to donate and support it even further."

Vince made his F3 debut when he contested the seventh round of the 2005 Kumho Tyres championship at Eastern Creek, scoring solid results in a strong field despite a lack of experience in the slicks-and-wings category. He is now hoping that early miles gained by running at both Wakefield Park and the Australian Grand Prix would see him improve his speed and progress up the order.

"Obviously, the more miles you get in a car, the faster you are going to go, so it's great to be able to run at both Wakefield Park and at the grand prix in Melbourne in one of the latest F304 Dallaras and with Team BRM," he said, "I had a great time driving with the team in Sydney last season, and was happy with the results I got at Eastern Creek. I think that doing these meetings will only help my driving and let me be more competitive. The chances are that it's going to be a very competitive field, so it will be good to get out amongst it and see how we go."

Team BRM director Mark Rundle said that the team was pleased to renew its relationship with Vince.

"Considering his experience, Jason did a good job at the A1 Grand Prix meeting last November, and we're pleased to have him as part of the team for the first couple of race meetings this season," he said, "Team BRM is putting together a very strong line up for the year ahead, and we're confident that Jason will be a strong part of that for the first championship round, and the non-championship races at the Australian Grand Prix."

 

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