Symmons Plains Tasmania

Reigning Champion Chris Gilmour improves on Clipsal result to finish second at Symmons Plains

JAMES WINSLOW HAS completed a dominant start to a Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship season after taking out round two of the championship in Tasmania this weekend.

After being forced to fight his way to the front in race two, Winslow executed a near perfect drive in the Symmons Plains feature race – leading from start to finish in a dominant performance that has given him a near-perfect start to his championship campaign.

Chris Gilmour was second and John Magro passed more cars than anyone across the weekend to end the day third, after failing to finish yesterday's opener in controversial circumstances.

Gilmour remained confident that he was more than capable of going on with a lasting challenge to Winslow's early-season supremacy in the stunning Dallara from Gilmour Racing. I'm really pleased with this and it shows that we have the pace to go with James and compete for a championship again, he said.

He's going to be hard to beat but the car is fantastic and I think we still have a lot to give in the remainder of the year. He's not going to be easy to beat but I love a challenge and can't wait for the next race. We did suffer with lack of straight line speed which we are now on top of and this will be corrected for the next meeting at Mount Panorama.

The ever-laconic Magro said he was another ready to step up to offer a challenge to the runaway series leader, having shown prodigious pace across this weekends event. Magro set the fastest lap in race three and after storming from last to second in race two, moved from sixth to third in the feature event to affirm his ability to overtake.

Jordan Skinner and Steel Guiliana both completed solid weekends, Guiliana in particular shining in just his second start in an outright-class Dallara.

In the Forpark Australia National class the battle stepped up a notch this weekend, the pair coming together in the second sprint race whilst battling for the class win on the final lap. Cottrell had enough for Cooper in the finale, just edging out his young rival after a race-long battle to score his first big trophy and class win of his brief F3 career.

Ben Gersekowski was third in class and newcomer Mike Wayne fourth on his F3 – and car racing – debut.

The next round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will be held at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, as part of the Bathurst Motor Festival this Easter long weekend.