Friday was great as I was quickest in the first two sessions of the day as the track was low of grip due to the cold conditions. There was 27 cars entered for the weekend and most of the drivers had tested there leading up to the event so I knew it was going to be tough after being out of the seat for over 3 months.
Qualifying was really tricky due to the strong wide and cold temperatures.
after being held up in the first part of qualifying i managed to put in a decent lap finishing up in P6. It was so tight at the top that I was less then a tenth of a sec off 3rd.
Race one Saturday afternoon I was locked in a great battle for the top 5 constantly swapping positions with some of Australia's best open wheel drivers. I had made my way into 5th place only to be overtaken after I had caught a lapped car in the wrong place which allowed them to catch me. I crossed the line where I started in 6th place.
Sunday and I was extremely confident that I could make a run at the top 4.
Started Race 2 well and was putting a ton of pressure on 5th place, I was actually running faster lap times then the cars in front and I felt I was being held up and knew that if I could just get past then I could pull away.
Unfortunately the next lap heading into turn 2 at 200 KPH I went to apply the brakes and they went straight to the floor! , All this with 3 cars running nose to tail.
I went spinning backwards across the grass and luckily missed all the cars and ended up stuck in the sand trap. After getting the car back to the garage we had realized the a rear brake disc had exploded.
Last race of the weekend I had to start out of last place meaning I had a lot of work to do to even have a chance to make a run at the top 10.
I had made a heap of passes in the first 5 laps and had worked my way into 14th place. While I was passing 13th place he turned me around and I ended up back in last place. With only a hand full of laps remaining I managed to work my way back to 18th.
Really promising weekend ruined by something out of our control.
With only a couple of races left this season we have decided to miss them and concentrate on putting a budget plan together and see if we can make a run at the Championship next year.
National Formula Ford Season 2018
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