Championship win and karting titles from stellar weekendTuesday, October 25th, 2011
With six of the eleven Fujitsu ‘Cool’ drivers active on the weekend, there was always a chance of success in both the Formula Ford and karting programs, and the racing delivered some fantastic results.
17-year-old Mildura driver Cameron Waters wrapped up the 2011 Australian Formula Ford Championship on the streets of the Gold Coast and in doing so is now destined for a test day with the Fujitsu Racing/ GRM V8 Supercar team. Waters had to battle hard after an early qualifying crash and a further incident in the second race, but accumulated enough points from his second and fourth places to secure a well deserved title win.
Shae Davies scored a career-best of fourth overall after a genuinely competitive showing and did so on home soil, with the Gold Coast street circuit located just five minutes away from his home in Main Beach. Davies now leads the Rookie of The Year award and sits ninth in the points with one round remaining.
Nick Foster had a weekend to forget, finishing just one race and has now slipped to third in the championship after a horror run that including a pair of crashes. Foster came into the Gold Coast weekend with a mathematical chance of winning the championship, but his desperate attempts went unrewarded and he will need to bounce back at the final round in Tasmania in two weeks time.
Rhett Noonan also showed better from, despite also crashing during the weekend, but three strong results just outside the top ten will give the WA driver increased confidence going into the final event. Rhett had never previously visited the Gold Coast venue.
Meanwhile, SA’s Todd Hazelwood enjoyed a fantastic weekend of racing at the Mount Gambier Junior Showdown, winning in both Junior National Heavy and Junior Clubman. Todd scored an impressive nine wins from a possible ten starts to leave with outright victories in both of the classes he contested.
Down in Tasmania, Brody Appleby scored more success for the ‘Cool’ driver squad by winning the North West Kart Club Titles in Burnie. Appleby beat a crack Tasmanian Junior Clubman field of 14 drivers to come home with the first place silverware after a competitive weekend of racing.
The Fujitsu ‘Cool’ Driver Program is Australia’s leading motorsport youth development initiative and continues to support Australia’s motor racing youth in their quest to become future stars of the sport.