Formula Ford – Australian Championship Back In NSW

July 7, 2011

Formula Ford

The Australian Formula Ford Championship will return to New South Wales next weekend for the first time since 2008 for round three of the championship at Eastern Creek.

The last round at Winton in Victoria produced another first time winner with Matt Brabham taking a historic victory, but it was Sonic Motor Racing stable-mate Cameron Waters who took an early lead in the championship.

The young Victorian is looking forward to Eastern Creek and feels confident heading into the weekend after a strong run at the circuit in the New South Wales state series just a few weeks ago.

“The state round at Eastern Creek was really important and I’m feeling much more comfortable heading into this round knowing I have some racing laps under my belt at the circuit,” Waters said.

“So far the year has gone really well, but I’m still chasing that first round victory. It would be nice to get it next weekend, but if I can’t do it, I need to make sure I’m still finishing near the front of the field. It is still early in the season so I need to be scoring as many points as possible at each round and hopefully if I’m doing that the wins will come naturally.”

One of Waters’ main rivals this weekend will be Trent Harrison, who won the recent state series round. The Mygale CAMS Rising Star driver has had a tough start to the season, but looks to be finding his groove.

“We haven’t shown our potential yet this season, but I think we proved a couple of weeks ago what we are capable of. We’ll work on it next weekend, but I’m confident in my ability and I’m sure we’ll get there,” Harrison said.

“There is a decent gap to the front of the championship, but there is a long way to go and anything can happen. We just need to be consistent and make the most of our opportunities and I’m sure we’ll be in the fight at the end.”

Of the 20 drivers competing next weekend, five New South Welshmen will be in action, including round one winner Tom Williamson, who has switched teams for the remainder of the season. Williamson will see out 2011 with Minda Motorsport after parting ways with Borland Racing Developments.

The Australian Formula Ford Championship will take to the track for the first time on Friday morning ahead of races on Saturday and Sunday.

Find the Australian Formula Ford Championship on twitter @ffordaustralia to keep up to date with Australia’s premier junior development category.

WEEKEND PREVIEW:
Round 3 2011 Australian Formula Ford Championship
Eastern Creek Raceway, NS
Friday July 15 – Sunday July 17

TRACK GUIDE: EASTERN CREEK RACEWAY
Track length: 3.93 km
Direction: Anti-Clockwise
Top speed: 240 km/h

WEEKEND SCHEDULE: AEST
Friday July 15
09:15-09:35am – practice 1 (20 minutes)
01:30-01:50pm – practice 2 (20 minutes)

Saturday July 16
09:05-09:25am – qualifying (20 minutes)
12:35-12:55pm – race 1 (9 laps)

Sunday July 17
08:15-08:35am – race 2 (9 laps)
01:40-02:00pm – race 3 (9 laps)

2011 AUSTRALIAN FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP (after two rounds)
1. Cameron Waters, Mygale SJ11a, 71
2. Matthew Brabham, Mygale SJ10a, 51
3. Garry Jacobson, Mygale, SJ08a, 45
4. Nick Foster, Mygale SJ11a, 44
5. Tom Williamson, Spectrum 012, 42
6. Trent Harrison, Mygale SJ11a, 33
7. Jack Lebrocq, Mygale SJ11a, 31
8. Jesse Fenech, Spectrum 012, 29
9. Liam Sager, Spectrum 012, 24
10. Nick Cassidy, Mygale SJ11a, 22

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