MEDIA RELEASE - For immediate Release - Wednesday, March 10th, 2010








Photo: Tweedie in action during a wet session at Wakefield Park

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A SUPERB PODIUM at Wakefield Park has Sydney driver Tom Tweedie on course for a career-best season in the 2010 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship.

Driving his 2009-National Class winning F304 Dallara, Rookie of the year winner Tweedie qualified fourth at Wakefield before racing his way to a trio of thirds in the all-new three-race format, tried for the first time at the Goulburn circuit at the weekend.

A majority of his weekend was spent holding off the series latest import, British driver Ben Barker, who spent most of Sunday’s two races dicing with Tweedie for the last position on the podium. At the hard-to-pass Wakefield circuit, Tweedie showed resilience in his older-model car to hold on and score the strong start to his championship campaign.

“It was a great weekend for our team and a fantastic way to start the season,” Tweedie said.

“Our car had good pace all weekend. We made some minor changes that went the wrong way for race one, but made some tweaks and got it perfect for Sunday’s races and had a really good run.

“Ben and his ’07 car were quicker than me through the kink and a bit better under brakes, but our car had excellent drive out of the corners which really helped me keep him behind.

“I had a bit of an advantage being on the inside at the starts but from there it was a really good dice. We were both driving very hard but it was a clean battle that was a lot of fun.”

Earlier in the weekend, Tweedie had qualified fourth however was elevated to third on the grid after Barker’s car was sent to the rear due to a minor technical infringement.

In the races, the blue and yellow Dallara’s best lap of the weekend was less than four-tenths from the outright lap record, showing the impressive pace the team has this year.
The new point structure introduced this season now has Tweedie’s F304 car scoring outright championship points for the first time, allowing him to sit third in the championship after the first of eight rounds, and represent as the first Australian driver on the table.

He also leads the National class standings, but this year is seeking bigger and better things than a repeat class title.

“I would love to be the first driver to beat the ‘07’s’ to a win in an older car,” he said.

“I think at some tracks this year we will have a really good opportunity to do just that so we are going to keep the pressure up and be there, ready, if one of them trips up.

“I think the next round at Symmons Plains will be the best opportunity we have, so we’ll be giving it everything. After our performance at the weekend I’m more confident than ever.”

Team Tom would like to thank Tizzana vineyards and the members of the Team Tom Supporters club for their ongoing support of his Formula 3 campaign.

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