Archive | January, 2012

Richard Signs A New Contract with PETRONAS Team TOM’S for 2012 Japanese F3 Season

25 Jan

2010 Formula BMW Pacific champion Richard Bradley has agreed a new contract with PETRONAS Team TOM’S for the 2012 Japanese Formula 3 season. Richard made his debut with the team last year in his first year of Formula 3 and finished the championship in fifth place, with two podiums.  Richard then joined the team for the Macau Grand Prix and finished 9th on his debut round the daunting 6.2 km Guia street circuit.

Expectations are high after Richards performances last season. Richard commented “I am very happy to be rejoining TOM’S for the 2012 season. With the experience gained last year and with proper preparation I believe we can be at the front fighting for victories and the championship. I also believe the engineering capability of the team will be a massive attribute in getting the most out of the new car and I am very much looking forward to the first round at Suzuka in April!”

S. Koumi from TOM’S added “We are very pleased to have him continuously this year in Tom’s F3 squad. Although it was difficult year for him last year but we believe he has learnt a lot and enjoyed building his experience in various aspects. We are looking forward to his further progress and establishing himself as a professional racing driver during coming season.”

Established in 1974, TOM’S Co. Ltd. specialises in the tuning of Toyota engines and other touring car components, competition parts as well as in the development and sale of semi-Toyota genuine parts. TOM’S is also the appointed works racing team of Toyota Motor Corporation and has a record which includes 14 Japanese F3 titles and 5 Macau Grand Prix Victories.


Valencia Post Season F3 test

6 Jan

Valencia Test December 2011

The Macau Grand Prix in November marked the last race of the 2011 season for Richard. However preparation for the 2012 season began almost immediately afterward with a 2 day test at the Valencia Ricardo Tormo circuit in Spain in the middle of December. The Spanish Moto GP circuit is a great place to test during the winter months due to the mild temperatures compared to circuits in the UK and Japan at that time of year.


Richard was doing the test with Carlin motorsport, the team Richard contested the 2011 Grand Prix De Pau with in May. Richard missed the first 2 days of the test  but performed very well on his first day in a car which was very different to his usual Japanese spec car. Once he got into the rhythm of the circuit.Richard was very fast on older tyres  He had some work to do on the new tyres though as the British Championship spec Cooper tyres require a very different technique to the Japanese Yokohama tyres Richard is used to.

There were fewer drivers on day 2 so this was  a perfect opportunity for Richard to work on the technique required with the new Cooper tyres.and he was much quicker than he had been on day 1.


Richard felt that this was a very useful test. He  made significant improvements as he became familiar with the tyre , the car and the circuit. All of this experience will be useful going into next year.


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