Calan lap­ping up record start

North Coast Weekender - - Sport -

CALAN Wil­liams is off to a record-break­ing start in his de­but Aus­tralian For­mula 3 sea­son.

The Edge­wa­ter 16-yearold is in sec­ond place head­ing in to round three of the Premier Se­ries at Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park this week­end.

It fol­lows a strong per­for­mance in the sec­ond round in SA ear­lier this month, where he qual­i­fied in pole po­si­tion by more than one sec­ond be­fore win­ning the first race and rewrit­ing the For­mula 3 lap record for Mal­lala Mo­tor Sport Park, which stood at 1:04.32 on the fi­nal lap, clocking in at 1:03.84.

This put him in good stead for race two where he went on to break his own lap record with a time of 1:03.40.

With two wins and two lap records, the Gil­mour Rac­ing driver hoped to con­tinue his streak in race three but “a very poor start” saw him drop back to third po­si­tion.

By this stage, main ri­val John Ma­gro had worked out Wil­liams’ tech­nique and was able to de­fend his win­ning po­si­tion, with Wil­liams com­ing in sec­ond.

How­ever, Wil­liams still went on to win the round, a re­sult he was “very pleased” with, par­tic­u­larly fol­low­ing round one in Queens­land where he again broke a track lap record in the first race but crashed in race two, caus­ing da­m­age “be­yond re­pair”. He was un­able to con­tinue the round.

The win has al­lowed him to make up some points; now sit­ting on 56 and just 10 be­hind first place.

“I didn’t come into the sea­son with any ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of re­sults,” Wil­liams said.

“My aim was ob­vi­ously to be at the front and go­ing quick.

“It’s per­haps a lit­tle sur­pris­ing to be so com­pet­i­tive so early but I’m re­ally happy about it.”

Calan Wil­liams is off to a fly­ing start in his de­but Aus­tralian For­mula 3 sea­son.

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