Gilmour Racing Back on the podium
Well it has been a long time between drinks for Gilmour Racing, but the team has finally cracked it and is back into a podium finish in the outright championship class of the 2010 Formula 3 Championship. Back on home soil it was the first time F3 have raced on the new twisty circuit of Morgan Park Qld. It was Gilmour Racing’s second race meeting for the year in the new 07 chassis so testing limitations saw the team again searching for the right setup during both practice sessions. Gilmour’s qualifying session started well and completed a lap quick enough to see him advance to the Top 6 Qualifying shoot out. The next 10 mins would sort out the grid for race one and driver Chris Gilmour posted a lap quick enough for fourth position.
Race one saw Gilmour fight hard to hold onto third place, his first outright podium since 2006 in the championship class “Wow it’s great to be back on the podium especially so soon with the new car and with very few laps in the new car it’s a great result for race one. Race two saw Gilmour Slip back and finish fourth behind the leaders. Sunday’s feature race and the weather was good Gilmour started with a clear grid in front of him as Tweedie had mechanical issues on the warm up lap. Off the line Gilmour slipped into third position behind Barker & Evans, from here Chris just held a consistent gap behind the leaders maintaining third place. A hard charge late in the race from Tom Tweedie saw Tweedie place his car up the inside into tree corner, the two touching wheels on the exit as both Gilmour & Tweedie fought hard to keep their positions, hard into turn eight, side by side Gilmour & Tweedie reached the breaking point, with very late braking from Gilmour, saw him keep his nose in front, while Tweedie locked up his rears and spun the car sideways. This was enough for Gilmour to hold on and take his second third place position finish for the round. “Yeah what a great round for us two thirds and a fourth it’s a great result, it was good to be fighting hard with the three top guys” Gilmour said at the end of race three.
Gilmour Back At The Creek
With a solid result at round five at Morgan Park, Gilmour Racing set their sights at the famous Eastern Creek circuit west of Sydney for round six. Being one of Gilmour’s favourite tracks the team knew a result should be on the cards. During the break the team had a number of communications from the previous car owner team Fortec in England, to see if we could push some more speed out of the car, so with some minor tweaks and setup changes to the car Gilmour Racing hit the track. Confident after the practice sessions driver Chris Gilmour felt he had the package underneath him “The car feels so different, you just point and it goes there, it’s a completely different car to last round but feels a lot better” Qualifying again saw Gilmour with enough speed to again advance through to the “Shoot Out” where he posted a lap placing him into five position.
Race one and Gilmour jumped two positions of the start placing him fighting for second & third into turn two, a quick late minute pass into the high speed corner of turn one on lap two saw Sofi pass and place Gilmour back to fifth position where he finished the race. Race two & Race three saw a very similar resulted in the team finishing fourth in both races. “Yeah this weekend, we really used it as a test session as we made some major changes to the car, the car felt great but I believe we just need some more track time to really nut out the setup we had, I have no doubt when we do it will be quick and very competitive, but still I'm very happy with the result”
The team will head to the final round of the championship which is on the 23/24th October at Sandown Melbourne, a place where back in 2004 Chris Gilmour took out both qualifying sessions and won both races. “yeah we really like Sandown, it’s a quick track that rewards commitment, been six years since winning there last time but we will do our utmost to be up amongst the front guys for sure”