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Stronger Steel Set For 2013 Formula 3 Season   
Story By: F3 Media Release  Date: 03/06/2013 at 2:55:47 PM 
STEEL GUILIANA will return to challenge for a maiden Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship in 2013, driving for R-Tek Motorsport in a Dallara F307-Mercedes Benz.

2013 will mark the third full-season for the 21-year-old from Terrigal, on the New South Wales Central Coast, having finished third in the championship behind veteran drivers James Winslow and Chris Gilmour last year.

In 2011 he won the inaugural Forpark Australia scholarship for young drivers, and the F3 National Class title, also driving for R-Tek.

Guiliana’s R-Tek Motorsport entry will be sponsored by Adelaide-based Company, Rising Discoveries – who has signed as the R-Tek Team’s major sponsor this year.

The sponsorship allowed R-Tek to secure Guiliana for the season ahead. Steel will also be supported by GreenOzNet.com and SevenPoint2 this season.

“I’m definitely looking forward to another season with R-Tek in the Formula 3 Australian drivers’ championship,” Guiliana said.

“The team and I had a great season in 2012, constantly finishing on the podium. I am hungry and determined to step up and claim victories and the championship, and with it the Gold Star, to further my career towards Formula One.

“Australian Formula 3 remains the perfect place for me to continue to chase my dreams within the sport.

“With the very low budget required compared to Europe, and with lots of laps on Australia’s best tracks like Bathurst and Phillip Island, it should be the mandatory step on the ladder towards international open-wheel racing, or top level GT or Touring Car competition.”

In 41 championship race starts, Guiliana scored four second-place finishes last season, en route to third place in the championship.

Team Owner Ian Richards said he was pleased to secure Guiliana for another season, as his R-Tek Motorsport team seeks back-to-back Formula 3 titles this year.

“Steel is ready to become a title contender for the championship this year,” Richards said.

“Last year he took a step forward as a driver and was a regular challenger to James Winslow, who would go on and win the title. We’re confident that with one year of running in the championship class under his belt, Steel is going to be a proper contender this year.

“He now has the experience and time behind the wheel to make the next step forward and fight for race wins in every race."

Guiliana is the first of four drivers to be confirmed by R-Tek Motorsport for the 2013 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship that kicks off at the Bathurst Motor Festival in late March.

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