FOSTER IN CHARGE AT SYMMONS PLAINS
Author : Phil Mahoney
Nick Foster continued his domination of the final round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Symmons Plains today, taking pole position and victory in race one.
The Steeline Mygale driver was unstoppable in the first of three races for the weekend, controlling the 15 lap event from the start to lead home teammate Cameron Waters and CAMS Rising Star Jack Le Brocq.
Foster is yet to win a round this season after starting the year as one of the championship favorites, and would dearly like to change that this weekend.
"The car is just amazing this weekend, it''s so easy to drive and does exactly what I want it too so that makes my job much easier. We had such good speed throughout the whole race, so myself and Cam were really just able to cruise away at the front," Foster said.
"I do some of my best racing when I''m in front and I think I showed that with today''s result. I''ve had a fast start to the weekend, I was fastest in practice, fastest in qualifying and now I''ve won the first race, so let''s see what we can do tomorrow.
"I''m pushing hard to get a round win and this is my last chance this year. Anything could happen tomorrow, but right now I''m very happy."
Waters looked content to follow his teammate home, having already wrapped up the championship last time out on the Gold Coast, but admitted he was still pushing hard.
"I''m happy to finish second behind Nick, he''s still fighting for second in the championship so I didn''t want to try anything that would put the result at risk," Waters said.
"It was a good race for us; we both had plenty of speed and were able to get away at the front, so from that point of view it was quite straight forward. I was still pushing hard, but the opportunity to pass never really presented itself."
Le Brocq, who currently sits second in the championship, was slightly frustrated following the race, but enjoyed the race-long battle with his teammate Trent Harrison.
"We really need to make some changes for tomorrow so we can try and mix it right at the front, but anyway it was a good race for me with plenty of passing and late braking, so from that perspective it was fun."
Daniel Erickson was fourth and the first Spectrum home ahead of Harrison and Mathew Hart, while Liam Sager, Tom Williamson, Callum Mitchell and Jonathan Venter rounded out the top 10.
The final round of the series continues tomorrow with races two and three at Symmons Plains.
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SYMMONS PLAINS, TAS - RACE 1
1. Nick Foster, Mygale SJ11a
2. Cameron Waters, Mygale SJ10a
3. Jack LeBrocq, Mygale SJ11a
4. Daniel Erickson, Spectrum 012
5. Trent Harrison, Mygale SJ11a
6. Mathew Hart, Spectrum 012
7. Liam Sager, Spectrum 012
8. Tom Williamson, Mygale SJ11a
9. Callum Mitchell, Mygale SJ10a
10. Jonathan Venter, Mygale SJ10a
SYMMONS PLAINS, TAS - QUALIFYING
1. Nick Foster, Mygale SJ11a, 0:56.3865
2. Cameron Waters, Mygale SJ10a, 0:56.4566
3. Jack LeBrocq, Mygale SJ11a, 0:56.5877
4. Trent Harrison, Mygale SJ11a, 0:56.5907
5. Daniel Erickson, Spectrum 012, 0:56.6087
6. Mathew Hart, Spectrum 012, 0:56.7218
7. Shae Davies, Spectrum 011c, 0:56.7310
8. Liam Sager, Spectrum 012, 0:56.8344
9. Tom Williamson, Mygale SJ11a, 0:56.9526
10. Jonathan Venter, Mygale SJ10a, 0:57.1877
Formula Ford is the worlds premier junior development motorsport category and has been a prominent fixture within Australia since 1969. Ford has been a proud partner of Formula Ford in Australia since the beginning and will support the category again in 2011 as it continues to grow. The relative parity between local and international makes produces some of the closest and most exciting racing seen on any circuit around Australia.