22 Nov 2016 — Jose Casanovas led all drivers most for 32 of 33 laps on a run for first place in the Symmons Plains Spark F3 in the ninth and final round of the Formula 3 1968 series.
Casanovas started the race in the first place and caught Matt Geddes for first on the second lap. Casanovas passed Geddes and into first place on lap 2, and kept it the remaining 31 laps to the conclusion.
Casanovas finished the series ninth in the standings. Casanovas made four starts and led 32 of his 77 laps while taking the win once.
Michael Schmiedel raced past the checkered flag a whisker-thin 0.355 seconds ahead of Matt Geddes to take eighth place.
Formula 3 1968 series finished its season after nine rounds spanning two months. A total of 27 drivers competed for points in the championship.
Rob Milliken secured the series championship with his run to 10th place.
Rob Milliken took the championship in a tight campaign over Colin Barker, separated by just a single grid spot in the end. Milliken led 22 laps and took one victory in eight races. Colin Barker, Jari Bruppacher, and Nick Phillips finished within a race of the title. Benjamin Linstruiseur finished out the Top 5.
Schmiedel spent the majority of 20 laps total pursuing Jari Bruppacher after being engaged and passed by him on lap 10. In the end Schmiedel settled into eighth the 24 laps running to the conclusion, holding off Geddes by the hairline margin at the line.
Schmiedel finished the series 20th in the standings. He made three starts and finished as high as eighth.
Milliken swapped leads multiple rounds with David Russo in a long and tense battle for 10th starting midway through, running within a bumper of each other over a stretch of 22 laps. Milliken ran nearly equal parts leading Russo after catching and passing him on lap 20, coming from as many as five positions back. After losing the spot on lap 25, Milliken cleared Russo for the second time and into 10th place on lap 26, and defended it against pressure by Russo another seven laps toward the finish.
The series championship was clinched this final round by Milliken with his 10th-place run. Milliken took the victory in one of his eight starts, leading 22 of 208 laps total.
Matt Geddes logged a lap at the front in a ninth-place run.
Paul Anstey won fourth place.
Nick Phillips captured second place.
Geddes spent the majority of 10 laps total leading David Russo after challenging and passing him on lap 13, coming from as many as five places back. Geddes cleared Russo and into ninth place on lap 13, and defended it against pressure by Russo another eight laps toward the finish.
Geddes finished the series 11th in the standings. He made five starts and led 13 of his 94 laps raced while finishing as high as second.
Anstey spent nearly equal parts of 33 laps total leading Klaus Germanus after catching and passing him on lap 21, coming from as many as four places back. Anstey passed Germanus and into fourth place on lap 21, and defended it against pressure by Germanus the remaining 13 laps to the finish.
Anstey finished the series eighth in the standings. Anstey made six starts and led six of his 120 laps while finishing as high as fourth.
Klaus Germanus won fifth place.
Phillips started the race in the sixth position and caught Klaus Germanus for second on the second lap. Phillips got around Germanus and into second place on lap 2, and held it the remaining 31 laps to the checkered flag.
Phillips finished the series fourth in the standings. Phillips made nine starts and led two of his 196 laps while finishing as high as second.
Colin Barker captured third place.
Germanus spent nearly equal parts of 33 laps total leading Paul Anstey after being engaged by him on the first lap. Germanus fended off a prolonged attack by Anstey in the beginning, staying just car lengths ahead of him over a solid run of 20 laps. Ultimately Germanus lost the spot on lap 21 and settled into fifth the 13 laps running to the checkered flag.
Germanus finished the series sixth in the standings. Germanus made seven starts and led three of his 164 laps while taking the win once.