Australian Leanne Tander made her racing debut outside Australia in last weekend’s TRS single seater series round at Manfeild, and says she’d like to come back and race some more
February 22, 2007. Australian racing driver Leanne Tander says she “really enjoyed” her first taste of racing in the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series (TRS) at Manfeild last weekend.
And she’d like to do some more TRS rounds that don’t clash with her Australian Formula 3 commitments.
She says the TRS provides drivers with a lot of racecraft “because the cars are so close, because they’re all equal.
“The cars are a lot of fun to drive, but…I still prefer the Formula 3 cars.
“The (Australian) Formula 3 philosophy of having exactly the same cars that they run in Europe, England and Japan would allow me to jump into one of those series and be competitive from the outset.
“The F3 cars are also more physically demanding and because there are more adjustments available to you they enable you to gain a better understanding of how to balance the car between mechanical and aerodynamic grip.”
Tander, who is fourth in the Australian F3 Championship, finished 12th overall in the Manfeild TRS round, and seventh in the final race.
She had qualified 11th, less than eight-tenths of a second off pole.
She was set for a top-10 finish in Race 1 before an off at the final corner left her car beached in a sandtrap.
She started Race 2 ninth after setting the ninth-fastest lap in the first heat, and finished eighth.
Her 12th fastest lap dropped her down the grid for Race 3. She was working her way into the top 10 when a massive crash between her teammate Barton Mawer and Christina Orr saw the race red-flagged.
After the restart, Tander came home seventh. She set the sixth-fastest lap.
“It was a tough weekend,” she said. “There was a lot to learn and the racing was competitive, so after the tough start to come away with a top eight finish is much better than nothing.”
Photo caption: Leanne Tander racing in the TRS at Manfeild.