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    The 2009 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title with the championship winner receiving the 2009 CAMS Gold Star award. The 2009 championship was the 53rd Australian Drivers' Championship and the fifth to be contested with open wheel racing cars constructed in accordance with FIA Formula 3 regulations. The season began on 19 March 2009 at the Adelaide Street Circuit and finished on 29 November at Sandown Raceway after eight events across four different states with two rounds per event. Team BRM driver Joey Foster became the second successive champion from Great Britain, holding off 2007 series champion Tim Macrow by eight points. In the National classes, Tom Tweedie was champion in National A, recording three top-three overall finishes and twelve class wins, while Peter Kalpakiotis was champion in National B as he was the only driver to contest more than one meeting.

    Class structure

    Drivers compete in three classes:

    • Australian Formula 3 Championship – for cars constructed in accordance with the FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2007
    • Formula 3 National A – for cars constructed in accordance with the FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2004
    • Formula 3 National B – for cars constructed in accordance with the FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 2001[1]

    Points System

    Championship points were awarded on a 20–15–12–10–8–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the top ten classified finishers in the Championship Class in each race. One additional point was awarded to the driver setting the fastest lap time in the class in each qualifying session and in each race at each round. The same system was also used for both the National A Class and the National B Class awards.[1]

    Teams and drivers

    The following teams and drivers have competed during the 2009 Australian Formula 3 season.

    Team Class Chassis Engine No Driver
    Astuti Motorsport Gold Star Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda 2 Australia Mat Sofi
    Sodemo-Renault 7 Australia Ray Chamberlain
    National A Dallara F304 10 Australia Kristian Lindbom
    Gold Star Dallara F307 11 Indonesia Rio Haryanto
    Team BRM Gold Star Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes-Benz 3 New Zealand Mathew Radisich
    4 New Zealand Mitch Evans
    5 United Kingdom Joey Foster
    Scarborough Holiday Parks National B Dallara F301 Spiess-Opel 6 Australia Andrew Mill
    96 Australia Blake Varney
    R-Tek Motorsport Services National A Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 7 Australia Roger Iánson
    China Zhang Shan Qi
    8 China Li Zhi Cong
    59 Australia Jesse Wakeman
    JB Motorsport National B Dallara F301 Novamotor-Fiat 12 Australia John Boothman
    PHR Scuderia National A Dallara F304 Sodemo-Renault 15 Indonesia Maher Algadri
    16 Indonesia Rio Haryanto
    Gilmour Racing National A Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 17 Australia Chris Gilmour
    Ralt Australia National A Dallara F304 Sodemo-Renault 19 Australia Tom Tweedie
    GKH Powdercoating National A Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 21 Australia Graeme Holmes
    Scud Racing Gold Star Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes-Benz 25 Australia Tim Macrow
    National B Dallara F301 Spiess-Opel 35 United Kingdom Peter Kalpakiotis
    Dallara F396 TOM's-Toyota 45 Australia Michael Gray
    Hack, Anderson & Thomas National B Dallara F396 TOM's-Toyota 37 Australia Rod Anderson
    Tandersport National A Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 42 Australia Bryce Moore
    Australia Leanne Tander
    Gold Star Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes-Benz 52 New Zealand Ben Crighton
    Cooltemp Racing National A Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel 60 Australia Bevan Carrick

    Race calendar

    Originally Event 7 of the series was to have taken place at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania, and was indeed set to host the series signature race, the Tasmanian Super Prix on 18 October, however with several other series involved in the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships withdrawing from the logistically difficult Tasmanian meeting, the event was cancelled. Subsequently, a new meeting was organised to be held at Queensland Raceway on 21 August on the support card of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.[2]

    Event Round Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team
    1 1 South Australia Adelaide Street Circuit[3] 21 March United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Team BRM
    2 22 March United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Team BRM
    2 3 New South Wales Wakefield Park[4] 26 April United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Tim Macrow Australia Scud Racing
    4 United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Team BRM
    3 5 Victoria (Australia) Phillip Island[5] 17 May Australia Tim Macrow United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Team BRM
    6 Australia Tim Macrow Australia Tim Macrow Australia Tim Macrow Australia Scud Racing
    4 7 Victoria (Australia) Winton Motor Raceway[6] 28 June Australia Tim Macrow United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Tim Macrow Australia Scud Racing
    8 United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Team BRM
    5 9 New South Wales Eastern Creek Raceway[7] 19 July Australia Tim Macrow Australia Tim Macrow Australia Mat Sofi Australia Transwest Racing
    10 Australia Tim Macrow United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Tim Macrow Australia Scud Racing
    6 11 Queensland Queensland Raceway[8] 21 August United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Tim Macrow Australia Tim Macrow Australia Scud Racing
    12 Australia Tim Macrow Australia Mat Sofi Australia Tim Macrow Australia Scud Racing
    7 13 New South Wales Oran Park Raceway[9][10] 30 August Australia Tim Macrow Australia Mat Sofi United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Team BRM
    14 Australia Mat Sofi Australia Mat Sofi Australia Tim Macrow Australia Scud Racing
    8 15 Victoria (Australia) Sandown Raceway 29 November United Kingdom Joey Foster New Zealand Ben Crighton United Kingdom Joey Foster Australia Team BRM
    16 Australia Mat Sofi United Kingdom Joey Foster New Zealand Mitch Evans Australia Team BRM

    Results and standings

    Drivers Championship

    Pos Driver ADE
    1
    ADE
    2
    WAK
    1
    WAK
    2
    PHI
    1
    PHI
    2
    WIN
    1
    WIN
    2
    EAS
    1
    EAS
    2
    QLD
    1
    QLD
    2
    ORA
    1
    ORA
    2
    SAN
    1
    SAN
    2
    Pts[11]
    GOLD STAR
    1 United Kingdom Joey Foster 1 1 3 1 1 Ret 2 1 2 4 2 2 1 7 1 2 265
    2 Australia Tim Macrow Ret 2 1 4 2 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 1 2 4 257
    3 Australia Mat Sofi 4 3 2 2 3 9 Ret 5 1 3 4 3 4 2 8 3 192
    4 New Zealand Ben Crighton 6 7 6 3 5 2 3 3 4 2 3 4 Ret Ret 7 6 151
    5 New Zealand Mitch Evans 4 1 32
    6 Australia Ray Chamberlain 9 10 7 6 30
    7 New Zealand Mathew Radisich 2 4 25
    8 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 6 5 18
    NATIONAL A
    1 Australia Tom Tweedie 3 5 4 5 Ret 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 Ret 3 3 9 288
    2 Australia Graeme Holmes 8 9 9 7 6 6 10 9 6 5 12 10 124
    3 Australia Jesse Wakeman 7 8 5 7 7 6 5 7 10 Ret 116
    4 Australia Chris Gilmour 5 6 6 5 7 Ret 3 Ret 93
    5 Indonesia Maher Algadri 8 8 6 8 7 7 12 10 7 Ret 86
    6 Australia Roger I'Anson 9 6 8 4 49
    7 Australia Leanne Tander 4 3 44
    8 Australia Bryce Moore 9 7 33
    9 Australia Bevan Carrick 11 Ret 5 6 31
    10 Australia Kristian Lindbom 5 8 30
    11 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 6 8 29
    12 China Li Zhi Cong 10 Ret 10
    13 China Zhang Shan Qi 11 Ret 8
    NATIONAL B
    1 United Kingdom Peter Kalpakiotis 13 11 9 Ret 13 Ret 78
    2 Australia Rod Anderson 7 6 44
    Australia Andrew Mill 8 7 44
    Australia Blake Varney DNS DNS 0
    Colour Result
    Gold Winner
    Silver Second place
    Bronze Third place
    Green Points finish
    Blue Non-points finish
    Non-classified finish (NC)
    Purple Retired (Ret)
    Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
    Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
    Black Disqualified (DSQ)
    White Did not start (DNS)
    Withdrew (WD)
    Race cancelled (C)
    Blank Did not practice (DNP)
    Did not arrive (DNA)
    Excluded (EX)

    See also

    References

    1. ^ a b 2009 Australian Formula 3 Sporting & Technical Regulations as archived at WebCite on 3 December 2009
    2. ^ "Queensland to replace Tasmania in F3 calendar reshuffle". The official website of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship. 4 June 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
    3. ^ "Adelaide Parklands Circuit 22/03/2009 2009 Clipsal 500 Adelaide". National Software. 22 March 2009. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
    4. ^ "Wakefield Park Raceway 26/04/2009 2009 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships Round 2". National Software. 26 April 2009. Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
    5. ^ "Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 17/05/2009 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships 2009 – Round 3". National Software. 17 May 2009. Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
    6. ^ "Winton Motor Raceway 28/06/2009 2009 Shannons National Motor Racing Championship – Round 5". National Software. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
    7. ^ "Eastern Creek International Raceway 19/07/2009 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championship – Round 6". National Software. 19 July 2009. Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
    8. ^ "Queensland Raceway Ipswich 23/08/2009 QueenslandHouseandLand.com 300 -2009 V8Supercars Races 15&16". National Software. 23 August 2009. Archived from the original on 20 September 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
    9. ^ "Oran Park Raceway 30/08/2009 Shannons Nationals 2009 – Round 8". National Software. 30 August 2009. Archived from the original on 20 September 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
    10. ^ "Macrow leads title race after dramatic, competitive and controversial weekend at Oran Park". The official website of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship Series. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
    11. ^ 2009 Australian Formula 3 Drivers Championship – Points table As archived at www.webcitation.org on 3 December 2009

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