tim-macrowTim Macrow has edged two points closer to the lead of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship after taking two pole positions at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway today.

In a pair of convincing performances from the #25 Scud Racing driver, Macrow today took two bonus points and a $400 cash bonus from Pole Position sponsor Yorkshire Investments to set him up for a strong pair of races tomorrow.

It was Macrow’s fourth and fifth Yorkshire Investments Pole awards of the year, taking his career total to 14.

With points leader Joey Foster to start both races from fourth tomorrow, the 2007 Gold Star-winning Victorian had as sunny a disposition as the stunning Sydney weather this afternoon.

“We’re really happy, it’s been a fantastic day,” he said.

“The car was quick yesterday in the first practice but we were a bit worried about the times in the afternoon session – so backing up our race one pole position in the second session was key – and it worked out well.

“At this stage of the championship every point you get is absolutely critical and to start from the front here is great.

“We know that Joey will be fast in the races but it’s nice to be able to hopefully defend a lead rather than chase someone down, so two pole positions are fantastic. Now we need to get the job done tomorrow and close the points margin down some more.”

Sydney driver Mathew Sofi (#2 AmPro tools / Errea / Transwest Dallara) will start race one from second place after equaling his career-best qualifying effort in the first session today. Sofi, fourth in the championship, will start race two from third as he seeks to secure his maiden Gold Star race win.

“Second is good,” Sofi admitted, “But it’s also a bit frustrating to be second, as well. The car is good and importantly we know it’s a good, consistent, race car – so tomorrow it should be on at the front. I can’t wait.”

Kiwi Ben Crighton posted his two most convincing qualifying performances of the season yet today, securing a solid third for race one before a scintillating lap left him just two-tenths behind Tim Macrow in qualifying two and on his first ever F3 front row.

Bens’ lap was part of an entertaining second session with the top four split by just three-tenths at the end of the 20-minutes.

Foster, driving the #5 Team BRM / Driving Solutions backed Dallara, had a polar opposite day to what he’s used to with two fourth-placed efforts today.

After securing five pole position awards – including double pole efforts at Clipsal and Wakefield Park – two fourth places were an unexpected result from the Cornish driver and his Adelaide team this weekend, though only three-tenths from pole in the tight second session.

Behind the dominating four at the front, Hunters Hill (NSW) driver Tom Tweedie secured both National Class pole positions and continued to execute his aim of running with the leading bunch in qualifying today.

Tweedie was almost exactly one-second from the outright pole time in the second session at a circuit that better suits the later-model cars that have more aerodynamic grip than his 2004-specification Dallara.

“Relative to the other cars, our lap times didn’t drop off as much as them in qualifying two, which was pleasing,” Tweedie said.

“I’m really pleased. I think I got almost everything the car has to give here so it was a good day for us.”

Jesse Wakeman will start sixth in race two, but was sent to the rear for the first race after his car came in slightly underweight after qualifying one.

Maher Algadri (PHR Scuderia) and Graeme Holmes (GKH Powdercoating) were evenly matched today for seventh and eighth.

Tomorrow’s first of two, 13-lap races will be held at 10:50am with the second at 14:50pm.

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