JORDAN SKINNER has won the first ever Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship race at Mount Panorama after dominating race one from start to finish today in Bathurst and has also ended James Winslow’s winning streak.
Skinner led from the first lap and established an early buffer, using stunning cold tyre pace in the opening laps to build a buffer that he would never lose. The South Australian-based Team BRM driver then controlled the race out in front from there, winning by just under three seconds.
Championship leader James Winslow was second, In an inspired drive he had charged to fifth by the end of the first lap and ran third by lap four – but once he was in second he had no answer for the eventual rookie winner.
Skinner was naturally over the moon with the win, the first in his six-race F3 career and the first for Team BRM since June last year.
“I didn’t expect that coming into this weekend,” he said.
“I just wanted to keep all four wheels on it and bring it home but to do it here and at the first round my father has come to; I couldn’t have asked for it to be any better.
“I knew coming into the race that consistency & cold tyres was going to be the strongest point’s of my race, especially after qualifying. So I put my head down, and absolutely went for it on the first lap.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time and I think it’s my first ever car race win at a national level, in Australia.”
Sunday did not seem to run as smoothly with mechanical issues forcing Jordan to limp home to salvage championship points.
“I am a little disappointed with the way the weekend has finished up but this is only the third round and everyone is going to have a bad round, but I am just happy that mine has come early and after such a promising first race,” he stated
“So I am just aiming to carry on the momentum from race one in to Darwin in a few months.”