Formula Ford – Stars Return To Phillip Island

September 12, 2011

Formula Ford

The Australian Formula Ford Championship will return to the V8 Supercar calendar this weekend for round six of the series at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island in Victoria.

It will be the second event in as many weeks for the championship following round four at Sandown Raceway, as the series heads into the final part of the year. CAMS Rising Star Jack LeBrocq took his first round win of the season making it four different winners in five rounds so far, but it was the ever consistent Cameron Waters who extended his championship lead.

“I had a frustrating weekend at Sandown, we had all the pace in the world but it just didn’t come together, so I was surprised to extend my lead in the championship,” Waters said.

“It is nice to have a good buffer with three rounds to go, but it’s not over yet, I need to make sure I keep scoring points and finishing near the front. Even one retirement would really close up the championship so I’m focused on that.

“There will be some great racing this weekend, Phillip Island is an amazing circuit and it suits the Formula Fords really well with the amount of slipstreaming that we do, so I’m sure there will be passing right up to the line in every race.”

Phillip Island will see five changes to the field with a number of drivers set to make their national series debuts. Tasmanian Callum Mitchell and New South Welshman Jonathan Venter will make their firsts starts, while the series will welcome back state Rising Star Jon Collins and Team BRM driver Tom Goess who both haven’t raced since round three at Eastern Creek.

“I’m really looking forward to making my debut in the national series, it’s going to be a big step up, but we’ve had some success this year in the Victorian State Series so I’m ready for the challenge,” Mitchell said.

“It will be good to have my state teammate Jon Collins at the event as well and hopefully we can work with each other to move forward across the weekend. Minda Motorsport has been really competitive in the past few rounds, so I’m confident that the speed will be there.”

Seven Victorians will compete in the event, while Matthew Brabham will return for his last scheduled outing this season. The Queenslander is running a limited program to concentrate on his year 12 studies but has featured on the podium in each of his two starts so far. In total 21 drivers will make up the gird for the sixth round of the series.

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.

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