McCarrell controls lead every lap in Canadian GP Feature

Weiss makes last-lap pass to finish

Formula 3 '06
Canadian GP Feature
ROUND 7
09 Sep 2006
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09 Sep 2006 — Conor McCarrell led every lap from first-place start to first-place finish in the Canadian GP Feature in Round 7 of the Formula 3 series.

McCarrell drove all of 15 laps total leading Kent Welker after initially being engaged by him on the first lap. McCarrell controlled the race lead every lap from start to win.

McCarrell remains in second in the standings, cutting the gap to first's Tim McArthur to one point. McCarrell has seven starts and led 56 of his 114 laps while taking the win three times.

One last pass on the final lap put Todd Weiss in fifth place at the finish line.

Weiss wrestled the advantage back and forth with Fernando Deutsch in a long and persistent battle for fifth from the middle stages, passing each other three times over a stretch of 14 laps. Weiss drove the majority pursuing Deutsch after initially engaging him on the first lap. Weiss cleared Deutsch for the second time and into fifth place when Deutsch retired on the final lap.

Weiss moves up to seventh in the standings, now tied in points with eighth's David Banta. Weiss has six starts and finished as high as fifth.

Kent Welker won second place.

Formula 3 series moves on to Round 8 later this day at Montreal. The series has 17 drivers competing for points in the championship.

Welker spent the majority of 20 laps total leading Tim McArthur after engaging and passing him on lap 7. Welker got around McArthur and into second place on lap 7, and controlled it the remaining 13 laps to the finish.

Welker moves up to fourth in the standings, two points behind Dean Shackleton. Welker has seven starts and finished as high as second.

Dean Shackleton captured fourth place.

Shackleton traded positions with Fernando Deutsch in a long and tense fight for fourth from the early stages, running within a car length of each other over a span of 17 laps. Shackleton drove nearly equal parts leading Deutsch after originally being targeted by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 5, Shackleton passed Deutsch and into fourth place on lap 10, and defended it against pressure by Deutsch another seven laps toward the conclusion.

Shackleton moves up to third in the standings, 10 points behind Conor McCarrell. Shackleton has seven starts and finished as high as third.

Tim McArthur won third place.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Conor McCarrell Race2Play Red 20 32:24.324
2 Kent Welker GTNDC 20 32:43.158
3 Tim McArthur McArthur Motorsports 20 32:54.703
4 Dean Shackleton 20 33:31.095
5 Todd Weiss 19 32:28.712
6 Fernando Deutsch 18 DNF
POSTRACE

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–18.833
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2
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3
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Kent Welker at 06:08 AM on Sat Sep 09 CEST

Was pretty fun, at least I finished this time. Conor was just blinding fast, only Tim could challenge him. About mid race I finally caught up but I am guessing Conor was just pacing himself. Was to no benifit though since I spunout at the chicane when I was about -.500. Rest of the race was just cruising for me.

Sprint race went bad, got passed lap one by Conor, then Tim crashed out at the tight left and I was behind Dean and Todd trying to get by without taking them out. After several time where I out braked myself I finally got by Dean on the outside of the hairpin on the last lap for 4th I think.

Grats to Conor for the double.

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–30.378
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3
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2
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Tim McArthur at 07:10 AM on Sat Sep 09 CEST

Well, I forgot to put fuel in the car after qualifying so I was forced into pitting mid-race. Due to the light load I was able to challenge Conor in the opening laps. We had a hell of a scrap, touching wheels a few times and everything. I know Kent was behind us just waiting for us to take eachother out, but it was me to finally spin all on my own. didnt really matter, I couldnt contend for the top spot because I was going to have to pit anyway due to my fueling goof.

Managed a 3rd place... not too bad if I could manage a good race in the Sprint. Didnt happen though, got disco'd on the grid. No lights ever came up for me and by the time I got to the long straight the message finally came up that I had lost connection. No points in the sprint race... that is going to hurt.

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–1:06.771
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4
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5
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Dean Shackleton at 08:38 AM on Sat Sep 09 CEST

WOW. Love these cars. Just need to find another second though! OK maybe 2.
Feature:
Had an epic battle with Fernando and Todd for most of the race. Truly amazing. Got hit several times and I can't believe I saved each one! No worries though mates....no harm-no foul eh! hehe. Was LOADS of fun. Those last several laps with Fernando pushing hard were really intense! That sucked you disappeared on the last lap!! I was watching you in rear view right as you vanished! Freaky. Brought er home for 4th...Conor, Kent, and Tim checking out 30 secs ahead......I just waved at ya's
Sprint:
Got a good start and passed Todd before the first corner. Started opening a gap while chasing Fernando, but then all of a sudden, here comes Conor...and blows by me on the chicane before hairpin.....Holy crap! Didn't you start last. LOL. After a few more laps Kent caught up to me and harrassed the hell out of me. Was thinking that he would blow by me too. But to my surprise, that didn't happen! As he said,he tried to pass me about 4 times, but outbraked himself each time. Now that was cool! What were you thinking following me into the dirt though??....Todd got by both of us. LOL. Thanks for bolstering my confidence bud! haha. Never thought I would be able to keep you behind me for that long. But alas, on the final straight, of the last lap....you had to get by didn't you....FRAK!!! There goes my second 4th of the night. I think that that is about the tenth time you have taken a position from me on the last half of the last lap! But I must say, racing that close is as much fun as winning to me. Thx guys. Was a blast as usual.
Grats to Conor for taking both races. Nice!

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–1 L
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5
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4
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Todd Weiss at 05:24 PM on Sat Sep 09 CEST

I bogged the car on the start and fell to the rear, but Fernando, Dean and I formed our own little pack while the leaders took off.

Was watching Dean give Fernando fits, and when Fernando got by it was my turn and I could see why ... Catching Dean was one thing, getting by was another. A couple times I got up on him on the backstretch only to blow it going into that final chicane.

Then I decided next time around I'd outbrake him going into that last tight right-hander before the backstretch. Dean hadn't been going into that braking zone as deep as the rest of us, and I had already popped him once discovering this by surprise ... except I shot in there and overran the braking zone.

So I catch Dean again, and finally he makes a mistake and I run by ... I'm free! I'm free! I'm ... spinning it into the wall and losing my nose!

Augh. But it was fun. Good run guys.

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0
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1
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1
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Conor McCarrell at 06:36 PM on Sat Sep 09 CEST

Fun stuff :).

Qualifying went well, got a 1.35.1 and that was surely enough for the pole but it wasn't the fastest time i ran there. The practice session before the official practice, i ran a 1.34.8 with my race setup and that was really surprising! I couldnt pull it off in qual and that was slightly disappointing but getting my first pole of the season ain't too bad.

The start of the feature race was pretty mellow since i had clear space in front of me but that lasted maybe only a lap. Then Tim chased me down with his qualifying car and we started duking it out on the long straight. I was probably better than him on most of the track but i wasn't as nearly as fast as him down the straights. He would just pick up my draft and be right beside me in half a second. Our battling ended up being pretty nerve racking. We would be blasting down that straight, side by side and only inches apart and still manage to come out alive in the last chicane. I beat him everytime going into that chicane though. I would just manage to outbrake him every single time and besides, i wasn't going to let the boss beat me with a cheap qualifying setup :P. Tim eventually spun out, giving Kent 2nd. Kent managed to keep up with me for quite a few laps and really caught up after i almost spun out in the 2nd chicane. So for a period of time he was right on my rear wing and like he said, i was just focused on finishing the race and kept my pace cool. But he eventually spun out coming out of the hairpin i think and that pretty much sealed the race for me.

With the field inverted, i found myself starting in the rear for the sprint race. No big deal because I ended up in 3rd place by the time we got out of turn 2 :P. I just had an awesome start and managed to find a little path between everybody and tried to use that as my little freeway. So after that, i began hounding down Dean. Coming into the chicane before the hairpin, i kinda moved to the right a bit signaling a pass but it was one of those situations when I don't really want to pass there but eventually do it anyway and im then stuck with the outcome. Luckily, the pass was clean but it was a lot closer than i expected :). So i then began trying to chase down Fernando. This ended up being harder than i expected :). I spent about 8 laps trying to find a way to pass him but could never find that perfect moment. It was a great race between us and was full of close nose-to-rear action :P. I finally found that moment going into the 2nd chicane and outbraked him for the lead. From then on, i just cruised to the win.

All in all, i thought i was a great night...not for only winning both races but some great racing on a tight circuit like that. Now we move onto Essington which will be a hell of a lot better than Montreal...trust me ;).

INT
–2 L
FIN
6
Q
6
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CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Fernando Deutsch at 04:24 PM on Mon Sep 11 CEST

Great races both,

I did not have time to practice on the F3s, good that we prerace the track with the Porsches. Anyway, both were pretty exciting races. It was to bad the disco on the feature race, have very good battles with it and the last laps was nose to tail. On the sprint race I have a very good race too. My times were better now, and with no traffic I was pulling away, but you know Connor :o) It was a great battle, and I was see the pass comming, he got on me way after the slow left hand and did a very clean pass.

Fun and clean races, very good.


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