2010 Australian Drivers' Championship

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2010 Australian Drivers' Championship
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The Dallara F307 of Ben Barker at Mallala Motor Sport Park for Round 4 of the championship. Barker clinched the championship by a single point from team-mate Mitch Evans at the final round.

The 2010 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title with the championship winner receiving the 2010 CAMS Gold Star award. The 2010 championship was the 54th Australian Drivers' Championship and the sixth to be contested with open wheel racing cars constructed in accordance with FIA Formula 3 regulations. The season began on 7 March 2010 at the Wakefield Park and finished on 24 October at Sandown Raceway after seven rounds across four different states with three races at each round.

Heading into the final round of the series, British Team BRM driver Ben Barker led the championship over New Zealand team mate Mitch Evans. Barker pulled ahead after taking five of the six wins available at Mallala and Morgan Park and following it up with another win at the Eastern Creek round. Evans was eight points behind Barker, despite missing the Symmons Plains round due to a Formula Abarth test at Misano. Australian driver Tom Tweedie remained in the championship hunt, despite competing in the older 2004 specification Dallara-Renault compared to the 2007 model Team BRM Dallara-Mercedes cars of Barker and Evans.

A pair of fourth places for Barker at Sandown saw the two Team BRM drivers tied on points, however the bonus point scored by Barker for the fastest lap in the final race giving him a one-point championship margin over Evans. Barker was also helped by the annulment of the second race after a serious incident involving Graeme Holmes and John Boothman. Tweedie finished third in the championship standings, 12 points behind Barker. Two other drivers claimed race wins; Andrew Waite who substituted for Evans at Symmons Plains and Tim Macrow who won both Sandown races in his only appearance of the season.

Barker also won the East Coast Challenge, which was contested over the final three rounds of the series. He scored 101 points ahead of Evans (94), Tweedie (80), Chris Gilmour (66), Zhang Shan Qi (38) and Tim Macrow (33).[1]

Tom Tweedie won the National Class title having outscored his rivals at each of the seven rounds.[1]

Classes[edit]

Each vehicle competing in the Championship was nominated into one of the following classes:

  • Australian Formula 3 Championship – for automobiles constructed in accordance with the FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2007
  • National Class – for automobiles constructed in accordance with the FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 2004

There was an additional 'Invitation Class' in the regulations – for automobiles constructed in accordance with the appropriate regulations that applied in the year of manufacture,[2] however no such vehicle took part during 2010 leaving the class redundant.

Points System[edit]

Points system was revised for 2010 although the changes are minor.[3]

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Pole
Position
Fastest
Lap
Races 1 & 2 12 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 (R1
only)
1
Race 3 20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1 0 1

Drivers of cars from all three classes were eligible to score points towards the Australian Drivers' Championship. National Class and Invitation Class drivers were also eligible to score points towards their respective class awards.[2]

Teams and drivers[edit]

The Dallara F307 Mercedes-Benz of Mitch Evans at Mallala Motor Sport Park for Round 4 of the 2010 Australian Drivers Championship
The No 3 Dallara F307 of Zhang Shan Qi and the No 8 Dallara F304 of Josh Burdon at the Mallala Motor Sport Park round of the 2010 Australian Drivers' Championship

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2010 Australian Drivers' Championship. Entries sourced in part from:[4][5][6][7][8]

Team Class Chassis Engine No Driver
Astuti Motorsport Gold Star Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda 2 Australia Mat Sofi
Sodemo-Renault 11 Australia Kristian Lindbom
Australia Nicholas Foster
Team BRM Gold Star Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes-Benz 3 China Zhang Shan Qi
4 New Zealand Mitch Evans
New Zealand Andrew Waite
5 United Kingdom Ben Barker
R-Tek Motorsport National Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 7 Australia John Magro
Australia Tom Drewer
New Zealand Martin Short
Australia Bryce Moore
8 Australia Josh Burdon
Australia Joshua Hunt
Australia Nathan Morcom
Dallara F301 35 Australia Jesse Wakeman
JLB Global Timbers National Dallara F301 Novamotor-Fiat 12 Australia John Boothman
Cosmetic Medicine Centre National Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 14 Australia Roman Krumins
Gilmour Racing Gold Star Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes-Benz 17 Australia Chris Gilmour
Team Tom National Dallara F304 Sodemo-Renault 19 Australia Tom Tweedie
GKH Powdercoating National Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 21 Australia Graeme Holmes
PHR Scuderia National Dallara F304 Sodemo-Renault 25 Australia Tim Macrow
Vic's Timber National Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 42 Australia Ben Gersekowski
National Surgical National Dallara F301 Spiess-Opel 51 Australia James Mann
TanderSport Gold Star Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes-Benz 52 New Zealand Ben Crighton

Race calendar[edit]

The Dallara F304 of Tom Tweedie at Mallala Motor Sport Park for the 4th round of the championship.

The championship was contested over a seven round series[9] with a round scheduled for Winton Motor Raceway being cancelled as a cost saving initiative.[10]

The final three rounds of the series at Morgan Park, Eastern Creek and Sandown were packaged into a 'series within a series', labelled the East Coast Shootout.[10]

Round Race Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning driver Winning team
1 1 New South Wales Wakefield Park[11] 6 March Mitch Evans Ben Crighton Mitch Evans Team BRM
2 7 March Ben Crighton Mitch Evans Team BRM
3 Mitch Evans Mitch Evans Team BRM
2 4 Tasmania Symmons Plains Raceway[12] 10 April Ben Barker Kristian Lindbom Tom Tweedie Team Tom
5 11 April Kristian Lindbom Andrew Waite Team BRM
6 Tom Tweedie Tom Tweedie Team Tom
3 7 Victoria (Australia) Phillip Island[13] 1 May Mitch Evans Ben Barker Mitch Evans Team BRM
8 2 May Ben Barker Mitch Evans Team BRM
9 Mitch Evans Mitch Evans Team BRM
4 10 South Australia Mallala Motor Sport Park[14] 29 May Mitch Evans Ben Barker Ben Barker Team BRM
11 30 May Ben Barker Ben Barker Team BRM
12 Ben Barker Ben Barker Team BRM
5 13 Queensland Morgan Park Raceway 14 August Mitch Evans Ben Barker Ben Barker Team BRM
14 15 August Mitch Evans Tom Tweedie Team Tom
15 Mitch Evans Ben Barker Team BRM
6 16 New South Wales Eastern Creek Raceway 11 September Mitch Evans Ben Barker Mitch Evans Team BRM
17 12 September Ben Barker Mitch Evans Team BRM
18 Ben Barker Ben Barker Team BRM
7 19 Victoria (Australia) Sandown Raceway 23 October Tim Macrow Mitch Evans Tim Macrow PHR Scuderia
20 24 October Red flag: Race cancelled[15]
21 Ben Barker Tim Macrow PHR Scuderia

Drivers Championship[edit]

Pos Driver WAK
1
WAK
2
WAK
3
SYM
1
SYM
2
SYM
3
PHI
1
PHI
2
PHI
3
MAL
1
MAL
2
MAL
3
MOR
1
MOR
2
MOR
3
EAS
1
EAS
2
EAS
3
SAN
1
SAN
2
SAN
3
Pts
GOLD STAR
1 United Kingdom Ben Barker 4 4 4 4 5 2 3 2 Ret 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 4 4 220
2 New Zealand Mitch Evans 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 5 3 2 1 1 3 2 2 219
3 Australia Tom Tweedie 3 3 3 1 2 1 2 5 2 2 4 3 2 1 4 3 3 2 5 3 208
4 China Zhang Shan Qi 6 6 6 Ret 7 7 8 7 6 4 6 4 4 5 5 6 5 Ret 7 9 97
5 Australia Chris Gilmour 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 90
6 New Zealand Ben Crighton 2 2 2 6 3 3 60
7 Australia John Magro 5 5 5 5 4 4 10 9 7 50
8 Australia Josh Burdon 6 6 5 6 5 6 6 6 46
9 Australia Kristian Lindbom 3 3 6 5 6 5 43
10 Australia Tim Macrow 1 1 33
New Zealand Andrew Waite 2 1 3 33
12 New Zealand Martin Short 5 3 5 22
13 Australia Ben Gersekowski Ret DNS 7 7 8 8 8 7 21
14 Australia Roman Krumins 10 9 8 7 7 9 11 11 10 10 10 19
15 Australia Mat Sofi 4 7 6 17
16 Australia Joshua Hunt 6 6 6 16
Australia Nathan Morcom 8 6 5 16
18 Australia Tom Drewer 7 8 7 11
19 Australia Jesse Wakeman 7 8 8 10
20 Australia James Mann 8 8 8 9
21 Australia Graeme Holmes 9 DNS Ret Ret 12 9 9 DNS 6
22 Australia Bryce Moore Ret 8 3
Australia Nicholas Foster 9 10 Ret 3
- Australia John Boothman 11 Ret 0
National Class
1 Australia Tom Tweedie 3 3 3 1 2 1 2 5 2 2 4 3 2 1 4 3 3 2 5 3 310
2 Australia John Magro 5 5 5 5 4 4 10 9 7 92
3 Australia Roman Krumins 10 9 8 7 7 9 11 11 10 10 10 80
4 Australia Josh Burdon 6 6 5 6 5 6 6 6 76
5 Australia Ben Gersekowski Ret DNS 7 7 8 8 8 7 56
6 New Zealand Martin Short 5 3 5 36
7 Australia Tim Macrow 1 1 34
8 Australia Joshua Hunt 6 6 6 33
Australia Tom Drewer 7 8 7 33
10 Australia Nathan Morcom 8 6 5 39
11 Australia Graeme Holmes 9 DNS Ret Ret 12 9 9 DNS 27
12 Australia Jesse Wakeman 7 8 8 24
Australia James Mann 8 8 8 24
14 Australia Bryce Moore Ret 8 8
15 Australia John Boothman 11 Ret 4
East Coast Shootout
1 United Kingdom Ben Barker 1 2 1 2 2 1 4 4 101
2 New Zealand Mitch Evans 5 3 2 1 1 3 2 2 94
3 Australia Tom Tweedie 2 1 4 3 3 2 5 3 80
4 Australia Chris Gilmour 3 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 66
5 China Zhang Shan Qi 4 5 5 6 5 Ret 7 9 33
6 Australia Tim Macrow 1 1 33
7 Australia Ben Gersekowski Ret DNS 7 7 8 8 8 7 21
8 Australia Mat Sofi 4 7 6 17
9 Australia Nathan Morcom 8 6 5 16
Australia Joshua Hunt 6 6 6 16
11 Australia Roman Krumins 11 11 10 10 10 13
12 Australia Josh Burdon 6 6 11
13 Australia James Mann 8 8 8 9
14 Australia John Magro 10 9 7 7
15 Australia Graeme Holmes Ret 12 9 9 DNS 4
16 Australia Bryce Moore Ret 8 3
Australia Nicholas Foster 9 10 Ret 3
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2010 Championship standings as archived at www.webcitation.org on 9 November 2010
  2. ^ a b 2010 Australian Formula 3 Championship Sporting & Technical Regulations Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 22 April 2010 As archived at www.webcitation.org on 9 November 2010
  3. ^ Big changes in store for 2010 title fight
  4. ^ Round 1 Entry List
  5. ^ Results – 2010 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship, Round 2, Symmons Plains
  6. ^ "Shannons Nationals R3 Phillip Island" (xls). thenationals.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tom Drewer to make F3 Debut at the Island" (xls). thenationals.com.au. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Shannons Nationals, Round 7, Morgan Park, Program
  9. ^ Race Schedule Retrieved on 8 August 2010
  10. ^ a b "Restructure brings end of year shootout to F3". Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Wakefield Park Raceway 07/03/2010 Shannon's Nationals Motor Racing Championship Rnd 1". National Software. 7 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Symmons Plains International Raceway 09/04/2010 Round 2 Shannons Nationals 2010". National Software. 11 April 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 02/05/2010 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships 2010 – Round 3". National Software. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Mallala Motorsport Park 30/05/2010 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships – Round 4". National Software. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Crashes red flag race two". Formula 3 Australia. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 

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