Australian Formula 1000 at Barbagallo Raceway, July 28, 2013

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Formula 1000 Australia pilot Stewart Burns has taken a clean sweep of victories in three races at Barbagallo Raceway, Wanneroo, establishing a clear points lead over chasing drivers Bruce Allen and Jez Hammond.
The three races, run under “regularity” rules, saw close driving through the five-car field, with Bruce Allen taking second place in the first two events while Jez Hammond recovered from a Race 2 retirement to come within 265 points of snatching a last-race victory.

 

Jez Hammond retired during the second race.

Jez Hammond retired during the second race.

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport is yet to certify Formula 1000 as an official Australian racing series and as a result drivers are not permitted to race for position while on track. The “regularity” setup requires drivers to set the closest lap time to their own preselected time. For every one-hundredth of a second slower than their prescribed time a driver is given one point. For every one-hundredth faster than their prescribed time a driver is given two points. The objective for each driver is to finish all five laps as close to their time as possible, thus finishing with the lowest possible score.

 

The series is hoping for CAMS support by September.

 
The skies above Wanneroo opened up as the second race commenced and the five F1000 drivers were greeted with a rain-sodden track. The slower lap times provided drivers who had selected longer lap times the opportunity to cause an upset at the front. Antonio Rova’s benchmark of 1:19.000 put him in contention to take a surprise debut race victory, but a second lap mishap at the first corner prematurely ended his race and his chances of glory.

 
The weekend marked the first outing in an F1000 car for Rova, who spent the  day familiarising himself with his new machinery. He would need to be helped out of the sand at the track’s first corner twice in the first two races after losing control of his Ferrari lookalike on his slow-down lap at the end of Race One and lost it again as mentioned above.

 
In the day’s changing conditions, only three-race winner Stewart Burns and second-placed Bruce Allen were able to keep their cars running for all eighteen laps. Despite Burns winning all three events, Allen came within 946 points of securing the overall highest number of points over the three events. The events, though, aren’t run on aggregate and such points victory wouldn’t have changed the final results.

 

The final results are as follows.

 

Race One:

Place     Driver                     Vehicle                                       Team

1.           Stewart Burns.      JKS 1000

2.          Bruce Allen            Spreads RM 02

3.          Jez Hammond      Firman F1000 RFR010         2nd Wind Sailboards

4.          Antonio Rova        Speads RM 08

 

 

Race Two:

Place     Driver                     Vehicle                                       Team

1.           Stewart Burns.      JKS 1000

2.          Bruce Allen            Spreads RM 02

3.          Tim Riley               F1000 Sbohr                           Fuel Technology

4.          Jez Hammond      Firman F1000 RFR010         2nd Wind Sailboards

5.          Antonio Rova        Speads RM 08

 

 

Race Three:

Place     Driver                     Vehicle                                       Team

1.           Stewart Burns.      JKS 1000

2.          Jez Hammond      Firman F1000 RFR010         2nd Wind Sailboards

3.          Bruce Allen            Spreads RM 02

4.          Antonio Rova        Speads RM 08

(Awarded points work on a 25, 20, 18, 17, 16 configuration)

 

 

Results                              Points

1. Stewart Burns                  75

2. Bruce Allen                      58

3. Jez Hammond                55

4. Antonio Rova                 50

5. Tim Riley                        18

Stewart Burns leads Jez Hammond through the esses.

Stewart Burns leads Jez Hammond through the esses.

Fuel Technology's Tim Riley completed only one race.

Fuel Technology’s Tim Riley completed only one race.

Antonio Rova fell well behind the pack during each race as he came to grips with his new office.

Antonio Rova fell well behind the pack during each race as he came to grips with his new office.

Bruce Allen lead the way on track but wasn't able to come as close to his lap time as Stewart Burns.

Bruce Allen lead the way on track but wasn’t able to come as close to his lap time as Stewart Burns.

Jez Hammond

Jez Hammond

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