A pair of podiums at wintery SandownMonday, September 12th, 2011
Melbourne turned on its four-seasons-in-one-day weather for three consecutive days at the fifth round of the 2011 Australian Formula Ford Championship at Sandown last weekend.
Two of the four Fujitsu ‘Cool’ drivers left the high-speed venue content, but not delighted, with their respective weekends while two had little to cheer about and will now focus on this weekend’s upcoming sixth round at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Cameron Waters claimed second overall behind debut winner Jack Le Brocq (CAMS Rising Stars Mygale), while Nick Foster secured third, having been on target for his first round win of the year. Foster, who was battling in the lead pack, was the first to arrive at a slippery and wet first turn as a shower crossed the southern end of the circuit. After sliding wide and making contact with one of the leading bunch Nick lost a lap and with it, his chance to claim the overall round win.
The weekend saw changeable conditions throughout with all drivers leaving the circuit at various stages as the Formula Ford’s bore the brunt of the arctic conditions. Rain, wind and even hail impacted on virtually each session the cars hit the circuit with Shae Davies coming off worse when he crashed heavily during qualifying, missing the first race as a result, while Rhett Noonan also fell victim to the slippery and ever-changing conditions.
With three events remaining Waters leads Foster in the championship points-race by a handy 58-point margin, but with more variable weather forecast for this weekend’s Phillip Island event things could quickly change in the top order. Davies sits in tenth position and second in the Rookie of The Year standings, while Noonan is looking to claim his first points driving his heavily revised Stealth chassis.
Three of the Fujitsu ‘Cool’ Drivers also formed part of this year’s 7-Mate Reality TV show “Shannon’s Supercar Showdown”, with Waters and Foster still vying for the prized V8 Supercar Bathurst drive on offer. Davies was forced to withdraw after damaging his ribs in a karting challenge in episode two.