Nathan MorcomNathan Morcom will return to openwheel racing in the final round of the Australian Drivers’ Championship at Phillip Island on September 21-23. The 20 year-old Sydneysider has switched to the local F3 series after his American F2000 Championship Series campaign was beset by car problems in the first two rounds. Morcom will drive Astuti Motorsport’s Dallara F307-Renault, sponsored by Direct Plasterboard Outlet and Rondo, at the 4.445km Victorian circuit. Phillip Island will be his second race meeting driving an F3, but his first in a Championship class car.

He made a promising National class debut with an F304 Dallara-Opel in the 2010 Eastern Creek Gold Star round, finishing in the top three in each heat despite not having driven the car until official practice. Morcom scored an Australian Production Car Endurance Championship class win with Chaz Mostert in April, but is eager to get back into openwheeler racing.

“I’m really looking forward to driving an F3 car again, especially at Phillip Island,” he said.

“F3s are the fastest cars currently racing in Australia, and The Island is the fastest circuit in Australia!

“I felt immediately at home when I drove an F3 for the first time at Eastern Creek two years ago.

“Without doing any testing, I was only half a second off the National class fastest lap in the races.

“Even though the Championship class is a step up from National, I’m confident of putting in a good performance after testing the F307 at Phillip Island last week.”

Astuti Motorsport boss Sam Astuti echoed Morcom’s confidence in the lead-up to the Gold Star finale.

“Nathan impressed me with his mature attitude and approach during the test day,” Astuti said.

“I think he will be competitive at Phillip Island, even though he hasn’t raced for a few months.”

A bonus for Morcom is that his race engineer will be 2007 Gold Star champion Tim Macrow, who won the overall round at Eastern Creek this year in his annual cameo appearance, driving the same car.

The Australian Drivers’ Championship schedule at Phillip Island begins with two 30-minute practice sessions on Friday, followed by qualifying and a nine-lap/40km race on Saturday, and two races over nine-laps/40km and 14-laps/62km on Sunday.

Sunday’s action will be streamed live on the Internet at www.itvlive.com.au.
PHILLIP ISLAND F3 TIMETABLE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

1050-1120 – Practice

1405-1435 – Practice

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

1000-1020 – Qualifying

1335-1350 – Race 1 (9 laps)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

0940-0955 – Race 2 (9 laps)

1230-1255 – Race 3 (14 laps)