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Gilmour Racing has added a second podium result to their 2006 tally in the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship in round 7 last weekend at Queensland Raceway.

Chris Gilmour has jumped back into fourth place in the championship after finishing the two races in second and fifth positions.

It was a weekend of “what ifs” for the Brisbane-based squad, with the #17 Snatchit.com.au Dallara F304 driven by Chris Gilmour being on pace throughout the meeting, but falling short of expectations come Sunday.

On Friday Gilmour led both practice sessions with a very quick baseline setup, despite never being to his home track before using the team’s new Dallara F304 car.

“Things went really well on Friday, especially since we’ve never driven the new car around here before, and it put us in good stead for Saturday,” Chris Gilmour said.

In Saturday qualifying Chris Gilmour placed himself in second position on the grid for both races, following a nail-biting first qualifying session on Sunday, when Gilmour was on provisional pole until the dying seconds of the session, only to be beaten to pole by 0.0028 seconds.

The second qualifying session, for Race 2, saw Gilmour miss out on pole by a similar amount, in an extremely competitive field, with the top-five cars in both sessions separated by only 2-tenths of a second.

“I’m a bit disappointed about missing pole by 0.0028, especially after we held the fastest time for much of the session,” Gilmour said.

“But when times are that close, it could go either way,” he said, “But I’m still glad that we’ll be starting on the front row for both races.”

Race 1 began with Gilmour getting a great start from second position on the grid, and passed Tim Macrow before the first turn, and held the lead until the third lap when Michael Trimble passed him under brakes at turn 3.

“Everything went to plan at the start, we got Macrow before the first corner, and then tried to build a gap,” Gilmour said.

“It was really slippery out there, with oil from the previous race, and I was sliding around a lot, and couldn’t get a gap on Trimble before he passed me,” he said.

The #17 Snatchit.com.au entry held second position until the eighteenth lap, when Gilmour ‘snatched’ a brake leading into turn three, and spun the car.

The car stalled, losing Gilmour extra time before he rejoined and finished the race in fifth position.

“I just locked the right-front tyre when I hit a bit of oil braking for turn three, and it was enough to turn me around,” he said.

In Race 2 Gilmour maintained second position at the start, slotting in behind Macrow into the first corner.

The gap between the two seesawed throughout the race, with Michael Trimble in third until he retired, and Stuart Kostera taking his place.

On the final lap Kostera dived underneath Gilmour at the third corner, taking second position.

Chris Gilmour tried to counterattack Kostera, however he was unable to make the pass in time, and he finished third, taking his second podium in two meetings.

“I didn’t get the start that I really wanted, and I lost a bit of time on Macrow,” Gilmour said.

“I was losing time under brakes in the third and fourth corners, but the car was quick in the first two turns – it was really good there,” he said.

“Kostera was better under braking, and I tried to block him on the inside, and then he swapped back and got me.

“I tried to repass him on the outside, but he had a better run than I did, and he stayed in front into turn 4, where I tried to get him under brakes, but I just didn’t have enough.

“We have mixed results this weekend. I would love to have done better. We were looking really good on Friday and Saturday.

“Not everything went our way, but at least we got some pretty good points this weekend, and we’re back in fourth in the championship.

Chris Gilmour and the Snatchit.com.au Gilmour Racing team gained 20 points out of the seventh round of the series, and now have a total of 119 points with the final meeting of the season still ahead at Oran Park.

“We won there last time out at Oran Park in 2004, and I enjoy the circuit – so at least I’m familiar with the layout, but we haven’t been there in the new car,” Gilmour said.

“Again we won’t be doing any testing, we’ll just rock up and race, and we’ll see how we go,” he said.

Gilmour Racing would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2006:

Snatchit.com.au – ‘The cheapest way to buy online’, Campak Constructions, Stryomax Insulated Fibreglass Truck Bodies, Chris Nessell Spray Painting, Cooltemp Transport Refrigeration, Identity Plus, PM Lubricants, Revolution Racegear, Campac, Gary Sturdy Motorsport, Racing Press Media, CP Ships and PhotoGalleryOnline.com.au.

The eighth round of the 2006 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship will be held at Oran Park Raceway, 27-29 October.

For additional information about the team, please visit the Gilmour Racing website at www.gilmourracing.com.

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