Chris Gilmour finishes third at Clipsal with new sponsor WASH IT Mobile Truck washing as Major Sponsor.
Drivers Championship table, after the Briton won race three today at
Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Winslow led home Mat Sofi and Chris Gilmour for the third time this weekend in the 12-lap feature race, but behind the top three all hell broke loose as three cars were badly damaged in a bruising affair, and more were ruled out of potentially strong finishes.
Team BRM team-mates John Magro and Jordan Skinner were the first to cause dramas, Magro locking both front wheels on the run into the braking zone at the infamous turn nine hairpin.
The Black car hit the Blue Dallara of Skinner and turned it around before the corner, Skinner recovering to fifth and Magro seventh.
Ben Gersekowski was the first to feel the wrath of the concrete Canyon when – running in an outstanding fourth outright– he clipped the turn two kerb on lap eight, which in turn spun his BF Racing / Vic's Timbers Dallara around and hard into the concrete. The Queenslander emerged unscathed from the wreck but with a badly damaged car. A two-lap safety car period halted proceedings before another incident occurred when racing resumed, Steel Guiliana clipping the back of Chris Vlok's Astuti Dallara on the run up towards turn four as they battled intently for track position.
Guiliana's car was launched skyward, landing back on the track with a thud but with only a broken nosecone as obvious damage – eventually completing the race under safety car minus the nose and front wing assembly. Vlok was forced into the inside fence with a missing rear wing and failed to finish. All drivers emerged unscathed with battered vehicles but no injuries. The race finished under safety car, leaving Winslow to be presented with the feature race trophy on the iconic Adelaide podium by 1980 Formula 1 World Champion, Alan Jones.
The carnage elevated Cooper to fourth, with another notable the efforts of local ace Adrian Cottrell, who after failing to finish both sprint races delivered in the feature, finishing sixth.
It was a lovely experience to be here and to be up on the podium with Chris and Matt – we've had a lot of races together. I'm very pleased with the results here and if whether I can continue in the series or not will depend on finding some sponsorship – but it's been a great start said Winslow.
I think we were a bit unlucky not to have a go at James in race one, Sofi admitted.
Things might have been different from there, but that's the way it's gone. The car has had good pace but it's come on later in the races and James just leaps away early. Full credit to him.
Defending champion Chris Gilmour was his usual consistent self with a trio of third-place efforts this weekend, and an early third position in the championship standings. I was pretty consistent, he confirmed. Qualifying wasn't great but we didn't have the outright speed. I'm stoked with the result given I haven't been in the car since Symmons plains last year. To come away with third, I'm very, very happy.
F3 rookie Hayden Cooper won the Forpark Australia National Class with a trio of impressive performances in his BF Racing Dallara, including a startling fourth outright in today's incident-packed feature race. It was a pretty good round, Cooper understated.
I had a lot of luck on my side, to be honest, and I was able to avoid all the dramas today and that's why I'm here. Big thanks to the BF team because without them this wouldn't be possible. It's been a great weekend with close racing and plenty of action happening in front of me. It's been fantastic.
The next round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers' Championship will be held at Symmons Plains Raceway, Tasmania, on March 30 to April 1.