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Claims Championship Win!
Victorian teenager wrapped up the title with a round to spare in
Homebush Sydney in two weekends time.
“We didn’t go to Philip Island with the idea of winning the
Championship in mind at that round,” explains Sonic boss Michael
Ritter, “but Anton drove superbly to put himself in a position to
wrap it up and he did. I can’t speak highly enough of the way he’s
conducted himself this season and to cap it off with a win still
with one round still remaining is a credit to him.”
De Pasquale is now the 7th driver to win the Championship in the
12 years that Sonic has been contesting.
He now joins previous Sonic title
holders Will Davison, Jamie Whincup. Nick Percat, Cameron Waters,
Tim Blanchard and David Reynolds and that ultimately puts him in
some very esteemed company.
It’s also a piece of history for De Pasquale as he is the final
driver to win “The Australian Formula Ford Championship” with the
sport set for a restructure in tradition in 2014 and beyond.
“Anton’s been single-minded all year. His focus has been on
winning a Championship and he’s done an excellent job in achieving
that goal,” says Ritter, “he can go to Homebush in two weeks and
really rag it. It’ll be nice for him to have some fun and enjoy
the round without thinking about points.”
De Pasquale sped his Shamick Racing / KTEQ Rentals Mygale to pole
position in wet conditions for qualifying and then scored three
consecutive race wins to cap off a dream weekend.
Teammates Simon Hodge, Luke Marquis and Christian Morina had
varying fortunes at the superb Philip Island GP layout.
“Simon qualified 7th and was consistently in the top five for the
first two races with fourth and fifth place finishes
respectively,” explains Ritter, “he was able to move forward from
a fourth row start in Race One and show some good car speed.”
Race Three saw Simon home inside the top ten but 8th was not the
result he was hoping for in the EFM Health Clubs Mygale as he now
sits equal in points for 5th with the final round remaining.
Luke Marquis soldiered on from a “DNS” (Did not start) situation
in the first race after a mechanical gremlin set in on the warm up
lap and prevented him from lining up.
Luke qualified 4th in the Mollydooker Wines Mygale and after
missing Race One he stormed from 16th (the rear of the grid) to
“Luke drove a great race to get through that many positions,” says
Ritter, “it was a big effort to salvage a disappointing start when
we had the motor problem. His fourth place in the final race of
the weekend too showed that he can really motor.”
Marquis currently sits 7th in the Championship points and is 16
points shy of the lead in the Rookie of the Year honours.
State Series racer Christian Morina made his national title debut
in what was a character building experience for the pint-sized
Morina started off in promising fashion when he qualified 13th but
he was involved in a major crash in Race One that took him out of
the event and rattled his confidence a little.
“It was a pretty big incident,” explains Ritter, “so I’m pleased
he could bounce back for the next two races and get some laps in.
Competing in your first national round at a place like Philip
Island can be a daunting prospect. I was pleased with how he
handled the weekend considering how it started.”
The next and final round of the 2013 Australian Formula Ford
Championship is scheduled for Sydney's Homebush 500 on December
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