ENGINE BLOWS CHAMPIONSHIP CHANCES


Engine Blows Championship Chances


TanderSport driver Leanne Tander rebounded from a race one disappointment to brilliantly win the John Bowe Trophy and the Country Club Tasmania Formula 3 SuperPrix at Symmons Plains raceway in Tasmania at the weekend.

TanderSport National Class drivers Ben Crighton and Mathew Radisich also had exceptional weekends and ended their respective championship seasons in style after both posted some of their best performances of the season in the final round.

Leanne Tander was fighting for the race lead in the opening 22-lap race at Symmons Plains when the engine of the #42 Dallara went off song, loosing power and seemingly dropping onto three cylinders.

On lap fifteen the engine expired altogether and after a valiant charge ended the title hopes for TanderSport after a massive, year-long come from behind effort that at one point had Leanne trailing by 28 points.

After a rapid engine change from the TanderSport crew, Leanne was able to make the start of race two and with an older engine made the best start from pole and withheld concerted challenges from several drivers to win the longest race of the season by just 0.06 seconds in her 51st F3 championship race start.

Leanne ended the season second in the championship with 194 points, just four behind the winner. The #42 car won five races this season and finished on the podium a total of nine times.

With Symmons likely to be Leanne’s final championship F3 round before moving her career onwards, she will leave her open wheel career with a stunning array of achievements including taking TanderSport to second in the championship on two occasions.

In 51 F3 career (points scoring) starts she won seven times and finished on the podium on 22 occasions – the sixth most of all time – and also logged ten pole positions and five fastest race laps.

TanderSport’s National class campaign was highlighted at the weekend by a perfectly-timed Race one outright pole position from young Melbourne-based Kiwi Mathew Radisich.


Leanne Tander - #42 TanderSport Dallara F307 Mercedes – Benz (194 Points, 2nd)

“I believe my team to be the very best and they proved that again at the weekend by getting the engine changed in my car between races and getting me back out for the SuperPrix.

”After the disappointment of the engine failure in race one winning the SuperPrix and the John Bowe trophy was a fantastic response. It is disappointing to have not been able to give this team a championship but it was something out of my and the teams control, and the job they have done has been amazing.

“I got a great start in the SuperPrix and because we had a car capable of winning in race one, I knew I could do it in race two so I held on, pushed hard and got the win.

”We have come from 29 points behind in this championship and worked so hard to recover. I have had a great year and all thanks have to go to the team and those that have supported me.”


Garth Tander – Team co-owner / Team Manager

”I think it is safe to say that it (race one) wasn’t the result we wanted but its part of this game. The car was fast enough to win in both races and we proved that after the engine swap.

“I am very proud of this team and the way that they kept fighting to the end.”


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