Ben Clucas Racing

Australian Formula 3 Championship Clipsal 23rd/24th February

Ben starts off the 2008 season with a win and a 2nd around the streets of Adelaide for Opes Prime BRM

 

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Australian Formula 3 Championship Clipsal 23rd/24th February After almost a year since his last drive of a Formula 3 car Ben went to Adelaide not knowing quite what to expect, but was looking forward to reuniting with team Opes Prime BRM, who he won the Championship with in 2006.

A strong 23 car field lined up for the races that were supporting the first V8 Supercar round of the year, with record crowds of 291,000 over the 4 day event.

With just two 20 minute practices before qualifying it was going to be tough for Ben to get back used to Formula 3, after having driven Porsches in 2007. So it proved to be when the number 9 Opes Prime BRM entry eventually ended up a slightly disappointing 4th on the grid for both races.

The start was going to be critical with the tight nature and small number of overtaking opportunites around the Adelaide street circuit. A great jump from the 2nd row saw Ben get straight up to 2nd by the exit of turn 1. He then latched onto the back of the leader, but with 2 safety car periods and limited laps wasn't able to find a way past.

After the good result in race 1 both the team and driver were feeling confident going into the second 12 lap race on the Sunday. Another good start saw the number 9 car move up to 3rd by the end of lap 1. Some very good car speed and aggressive racing put Ben up to 2nd a couple of laps later. After a brief interruption from the safety car, racing resumed, and he then managed to get up the inside going down into the tight turn 9 hairpin and take the lead, which he held to the flag also taking fastest lap.

Ben was obviously ecstatic with the result.

"It was just a fantastic weekend and I have to say a massive thank you to both Opes Prime and BRM for making it possible for me to be here. The car was quick from Thursday onwards, but it just took me a little time to get used to the driving style again. To come away with a win and a 2nd, and only be 10 points off the Championship lead despite missing the first round is just brilliant, and I'm obviously over the moon. It was just a one off at this stage, but I would certainly love to come back and do more if I get the opportunity"

 

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