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Rookie Rumble Ready For Clipsal 500 Adelaide   
Story By: F3 Media Release  Date: 24/02/2014 at 2:38:53 PM 
FIVE FAST young stars of open-wheel racing will all make their respective Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship racing debuts at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide this week.

Another will be making just his second ever round start in Australia’s fastest racing cars, while at the other end of the spectrum two experienced hands will be looking for championship success in brand-new machinery.

A further rookie will make his first national championship start as a teaser for the-all new Kumho Cup, taking to seven the number of drivers on the grid this weekend with three or less F3 championship starts. Six have yet to start a race, full stop.

The new blood in the championship offers up a tasty package as ‘wings and slicks’ return to the famous Adelaide Parklands circuit for the first time in two years, this weekend.

Australian Formula Ford Championship graduate Chelsea Angelo, NSW State Formula Ford Champion Chris Anthony, NSW State Formula Car champion Garnet Patterson and champion karters, Ricky Capo and Roland Legge, will all make their respective Formula 3 debuts this weekend.

Kumho Cup competitor, Queenslander Denny Rumble, will also be on the grid for the first time in his Alpine Motorsports Dallara F304.

Angelo, a CAMS Ambassador, first tested a Formula 3 car at Mallala last December and will drive a Dallara F307 – Mercedes for her own Chelsea Angelo Racing outfit this weekend.

Further testing at her home track of Winton has shown the 17-year-old racers speed and ability and should help her become a regular podium contender this year.

NSW Formula Ford champion Chris Anthony will make his F3 debut this week driving for champion outfit Team BRM, in a similar Dallara F307 to the one that Angelo will race.

“It’s super exciting and the nerves are starting to set in,” Anthony said today.

“It’s just kicked in that I’m actually going to be doing it and fulfilling my long held ambition to race on a street circuit. I’ve been watching the Clipsal 500 since I was a kid and playing V8 Supercars on PS2 and I finally get to race there this year.. it’s a bit of a dream come true!”

The Formula Ford graduate tested his Team BRM Dallara at Mallala last week in what was his first experience driving a Formula 3 car.

“To be honest, I thought it would be easier! The cars are very different to drive, especially getting used to the aero... it takes a while to learn that you have to faster to get more grip and more aero! It’s an awesome experience and I am very keen to have a good weekend.”

Fellow New South Wales racer Garnet Patterson doesn’t have national championship Formula 3 experience to his name either – but he has at least driven the cars.

Patterson won his state ‘racing car’ title driving a Dallara F301 Formula 3 car last year, giving him relevant miles in a car not totally dissimilar to the ex-Team BRM Dallara he has purchased for season 2014.

The later-model car has more grip, more performance and a sequential gearbox – but otherwise will feel similar to his existing ride which should help his transition to the highest level of ‘wings and slicks’ in Australia.

Karting gradates Ricky Capo and Roland Legge will both be making a baptism of fire this weekend as they also take on their first ever National Championship race starts; for Legge, his first in a racing car, full stop.

The 16-year-old Mackay-based driver will have the support of experienced Adelaide outfit, R-Tek Motorsport, to help him along this weekend ahead of an anticipated campaign on the full Kumho Cup – that commences at Sandown in late March – this year.

Capo, who turns 18 just three weeks after the Clipsal 500, is a multiple Karting champion and can claim key state titles in Victoria and Tasmania, plus City of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide titles to his credit amongst an extensive racing CV.

His racing car experience includes testing in Formula BMW, Formula 3 and also V8 Supercars, making him one of the more credentialed rookies ever to enter the championship.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the fight for the CAMS Gold Star is likely to be intense with several experienced – and some inexperienced yet battle proven – drivers set to contend.

Arrie Maree (Harvest Motorsport), Jon Collins (R-Tek Motorsport), Ben Gersekowski (McDonald’s Gilmour Racing) and Team BRM duo Simon Hodge and John Magro are all expected to be championship hopefuls this year.

Of the five, two (Maree and Hodge) are entered in brand-new Mygale M11 chassis whilst Gersekowski will be behind the wheel of the latest-eligible Dallara. Collins recently confirmed his return to R-Tek Motorsport, this time driving a Dallara F307 – the very car that won in Adelaide in 2012.

Magro, the 2013 runner-up, was expected to debut his brand-new Mygale however the late arrival of selected parts from overseas has forced him back into his existing – and proven – Dallara for this weekend: The Mygale expected to make its debut at Sandown instead.

The Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will take to the streets for three races (2x 12 Laps an 1x 16) across the February 27 – March 2 Event this weekend.
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