Formula Ford – Foster Holds Off Hard Charging Brabham For Victory

August 20, 2011

Formula Ford

Nick Foster dominated proceedings on Saturday at Queensland Raceway for Round 4 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship, taking pole position and victory in race one.

The Steeline Mygale driver used his experience to fend off teammates Matt Brabham and championship leader Cameron Waters after a race long battle at the front.

The victory continues Foster’s run at the Queensland circuit, having won the Formula Ford round in 2010.

“The car was really good today, but I think all three of us were driving as close to limit as possible, which made it difficult to get a gap or to pass,” Foster said.

“I was really strong out of turn two throughout the race and that just gave me a bit of breathing room into turn three, which is where the majority of the passing is done. Matt [Brabham] closed the gap towards the end of the lap, but fortunately it wasn’t enough to get through.

“I’m really happy with the result, I’ve got a lot of family and friends here, so to win in front of them feels even better. We’ve got two races tomorrow, so hopefully I can hold my advantage and take the round win, but it’s not going to be easy to hold off Cam [Waters] and Matt.”

Brabham, who is competing in just his second round this year, once again showed he had the pace to run at the front and was cheered on by Grandfather Sir Jack Brabham all the way to the flag.

“That was a really tough race right from the word go; I was pushing really hard and managed to put a big move on Cam mid-race, but Nick showed his experience and I just couldnt find a way past,” Brabham said.

“It’s great having grandpa here this weekend to support me, he doesnt get to the track that often so I really want to do well for him. He’s been giving me little tips all day, which I’m sure is worth at least a couple of tenths,” he joked.

“He always follows my racing really closely from home and I keep him updated with how I’m going, but I’m glad he’s had the chance to come to the track to watch me racing. Maybe tomorrow I can get a win for him.”

Team Sonic driver Waters was slightly disappointed with third, but realised the importance of consistency as the championship heads into the second half of the year.

“I’m annoyed with third, but the points are good for the championship and I need to make sure I’m scoring in every race. We’ll make some changes overnight to see if we can come out tomorrow and challenge for victory.”

Jack LeBrocq was fourth after a great battle with Liam Sager, who was the first Spectrum in fifth, while Shae Davies, Daniel Erickson, Garry Jacobson, Jordan Lloyd and Mathew Hart rounded out the top 10.

Round 4 of the series continues with races two and three tomorrow at Queensland Raceway.

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

QUEENSLAND RACEWAY, QLD – RACE 1
1. Nick Foster, Mygale SJ10a
2. Matthew Brabham, Mygale SJ10a
3. Cameron Waters, Mygale SJ10a
4. Jack LeBrocq, Mygale SJ11a
5. Liam Sager, Spectrum 012
6. Shae Davies, Spectrum 012
7. Daniel Erickson, Spectrum 012
8. Garry Jacobson, Mygale SJ08a
9. Jordan Lloyd, Mygale SJ11a
10. Mathew Hart, Spectrum 012

QUEENSLAND RACEWAY, QLD – QUALIFYING
1. Nick Foster, Mygale SJ10a, 1:14.5503
2. Tom Williamson, Mygale SJ11a, 1:14.5935
3. Matthew Brabham, Mygale SJ10a, 1:14.6025
4. Cameron Waters, Mygale SJ10a, 1:14.6520
5. Liam Sager, Spectrum 012, 1:14.7556
6. Jack LeBrocq, Mygale SJ11a, 1:14.7621
7. Jordan Lloyd, Mygale SJ11a, 1:14.7788
8. Daniel Erickson, Spectrum 012, 1:14.9222
9. Shae Davies, Spectrum 012, 1:14.9491
10. Trent Harrison, Mygale SJ11a, 1:15.1159

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