2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship runner-up Thomas Randle has become the first Australian to win a British Formula 3 race since 2011.
The former DREAM Motorsport pilot clinched his maiden win during Race 2 of the third round of the 2016 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship at Rockingham yesterday.
The 20-year-old’s British Formula 3 win is the first by an Aussie since V8 Supercars pilot Scott Pye in 2011, who coincidentally also claimed his maiden win at Rockingham.
Following a positive first test at the circuit, Randle qualified strongly in fourth position claiming the same spot at the end of Saturday’s opening 14-lap encounter.
Sunday’s second race of the round saw the top eight finishers from race one reversed, with Randle starting fifth; a position he would hold until a Red Flag period ensued after a major opening lap shunt saw the race halted. On the restart Randle made a flying getaway and scythed through front-runners to take the lead, thereafter controlling the race to claim his maiden win by a minute.
“What an awesome feeling! I woke up this morning hoping that we could get a win or a podium and I just can’t thank the guys from Douglas Motorsport enough,” Randle said.
“It’s really awesome to finally get the monkey off my back and hopefully we can get some more victories real soon.
“Every track is new and I know we have heaps of strong competition, but I will keep on pushing hard to repeat this because it’s just a great feeling.”
In the final Sunday race Randle claimed another strong fourth place, which is also where Randle currently sits in the title race. Randle is only 26 behind the current points leader Ricky Collard and only four points behind the second place of Toby Sowery.
Next weekend it will be a race of a different kind for Randle, when he contests the annual Red Bull ‘Wings for Life’ charity run in Cambridge.
Round 4 of the BRDC British F3 Championship will take place at Oulton Park, during the weekend of May 28-30.