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Ben Gersekowski Ready To Challenge For F3 Victory At Sandown
Posted by: newsla on Mar 26, 2014 - 11:59 AM
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Ben Gersekowski Ready To Challenge For F3 Victory At Sandown


AFTER WHAT HE describes as the ‘best battle of his career’, McDonald’s Gilmour Racing driver Ben Gersekowski heads to this weekend’s second round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship confident that victory is just around the corner.

 

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The Queenslander sits second in the Gold Star standings as Australia’s fastest racing cars head to Sandown this weekend, racing with the opening round of the Shannons Nationals.

Gersekowski was the only driver to regularly challenge round one winner Simon Hodge on the streets of Adelaide and led the Team BRM driver for eight of the ten laps in the weekend finale – ultimately finishing second and recording his best-ever Formula 3 result to date.

“Being ahead of Simon, who was dominant that weekend, showed that I have the potential to stay in front,” Gersekowski said.

“It’s exciting to be heading back to Sandown with that kind of form because we went very well there last year, including qualifying on the front row. I really like Sandown so I’m feeling pretty good about the weekend.”

Though Hodge retains fond memories because he took the checkered flag first, Gersekowski also looks back fondly on the intense battle for the lead on the streets of Adelaide.

“It was great fun, probably the best battle I’ve had I think. Once I got ahead, every corner from there I was in the mirrors and keeping an eye on what he was going to do,” Gersekowski explained.

“I was on the edge and covering where I had to but with his dominant form that weekend, he was just too good in the end. I got a dodgy run out of the chicane and when he had a go I thought it was better to be second than end the race in the wall.

“There was great respect between us and I look forward to more battles!”
Both Hodge and Gersekowski impressed in the 2013 season finale’ at Sandown: Gersekowski qualifying second for the first time in his career and ultimately finishing fourth overall.

In his ‘Wings and Slicks’ debut, Hodge qualified fourth but managed to finish on the podium in the final race of the weekend – less than one second ahead of his Gilmour Racing rival.

This weekend the pair will return to do battle in an evolving battle between Team BRM and Gilmour Racing, and rival chassis brands, Dallara and Mygale.

“When I found out that Sandown would be the second round this season, I thought ‘you beauty,’. It was great to end the season there last year and it will be good to go back to a circuit so soon after.. in reality, we were only there two rounds ago.

“I like the layout and it has a street circuit sort of feel, with a couple of high-speed corners, some stop-go corners mixed with bumps. It’s good fun.”

Team BRM Mygele driver Hodge leads McDonald’s Gilmour Racing Dallara driver Gersekowski by 18 points heading into the second of eight rounds in this years’ Championship.

Standout rookie, Chris Anthony, sits third in the championship just three points behind Gersekowski.

Meanwhile, John Magro will look to recover from a near-disastrous round in Adelaide as he finally transitions to his brand-new Mygale chassis for the first time.

Magro, who won two of the three races at Sandown last November, raced his existing Dallara in the opening round this year after component delays forced his new ride to the sidelines.

His Team BRM crew have finished the construction of his new Mygale this week with the car to run for the first time at Sandown in first practice.

Local hope, Forpark National Class leader Chelsea Angelo, will seek to extend her class points lead over Garnet Patterson on home turf this weekend, Angelo having logged plenty of laps at the Sandown circuit during her time in Formula Ford competition.

Round two of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will also feature the opening round of the new-for-2014 Kumho Cup, for older specification cars.

AGI Sport will return to the championship for the first time this year to contest the Kumho Cup against Clipsal 500 runners Dennie Rumble and impressive Mackay teenager, Roland Legge.

Nathan Gotch will drive the teams’ distinctive Blue and Yellow Dallara.

Sandown’s action will be broadcast live on the internet this Sunday via www.thenationals.com.au and Nationals TV, whilst post-produced content will air on SBS Speedweek and SPEED TV Australia in following weeks.

The second round of the 2014 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will feature three races across the weekend.

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