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Monday, 25 March 2013

Morcom signs up for national championship

Nathan Morcom and R-Tek Motorsports owner Ian Richards Nathan Morcom and R-Tek Motorsports owner Ian Richards

The 2013 Australian Formula 3 Drivers’ Championship has received a boost with the news that Sydney young gun Nathan Morcom will contest the series.

Morcom, 20, has signed with leading team R-Tek Motorsport for the seven-round national championship, which begins at Mt Panorama next weekend.  He will drive a Dallara F307-Mercedes with sponsorship from building products suppliers Rondo, CSR and Direct Plasterboard Outlet, and Racer Inc. clothing.

 

Morcom’s Australian Championship campaign will be his full local series after two American F2000 seasons that were beset by car problems.

 

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s Formula 3 Championship, because it’s Australia’s premier openwheel category,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of one-off Formula 3 drives in 2010 at Eastern Creek and last year at Phillip Island, but this will be the first time that I’ve done the whole series.”

 

Morcom admitted that he took his time picking Ian Richards’ R-Tek team for his 2013 Formula 3 campaign.

 

“I’ve learned from experience that the team is as important as anything in motorsport, and while there are no guarantees R-Tek is second to none in Formula 3 here,” he said. “Ian Richards is an icon in Australian openwheelers – he’s built and raced his own cars successfully, and now he runs one of the top Formula 3 teams.”

 

Morcom isn’t unduly concerned about not having driven a Formula 3 car at five of the seven venues on this year’s championship schedule.

 

“It’s only a minor issue,” he said. “I’ve won the first time I’ve raced on circuits, so it doesn’t worry me. I’m glad I drove in the Formula Ford 1600 races at Mt Panorama in February, though, because everyone says it’s the hardest circuit in Australia to learn.

 

"Winning the final FF1600 race that weekend, and taking one outright win and three class wins in the four Australian Production Car Endurance Championship races I did in 2010-11-12, makes me believe that I can win in F3 too.”

 

Despite his confidence, Morcom acknowledged that the 2013 Formula 3 Championship will be as competitive as any since 2005, when the category received approval to award the coveted CAMS Gold Star for the Australian Drivers’ Championship.

 

“This year’s Formula 3 field has some quick young drivers on the way up, and some experienced older drivers to keep us youngsters on our toes!” he said. “Just getting onto the podium or the front row of the starting grid will be an achievement, but I’ll be giving it 100 percent every time I’m on the track.

 

“As long as I have confidence in the car and the team, I’m sure that I can be competitive.”

 

2013 AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 3 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

RD DATE VENUE
1. Mar. 29-31 Mt Panorama, NSW
2. Apr. 5-7 Symmons Plains Raceway, Tas.
3. June 14-16 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT
4. July 12-14 Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
5. August 2-4 Queensland Raceway, Qld
6. Sep. 20-22 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
7. Nov. 15-17 Sandown Motor Raceway

 

MORE INFORMATION
Nathan Morcom’s website*
Rondo website
CSR website
DPO website*
Racer Inc website

* websites edited by Good Publicity