Experienced Australian motorsport engineering operation, Borland Racing Developments is gearing up for a mammoth five-car assault on the 2017 Australian Formula Ford Series, which commences at Sandown Raceway next weekend.
Jayden Ojeda, Nic Carroll, Liam McLellan, Ben Reichstein and Paul Zsidy will all contest the full national series with Melbourne-based operation, best known for its local development and construction of the Spectrum Formula Ford chassis.
Nic Carroll will contest the national Formula Ford
Series in 2017.
Liam McLellan makes the progression from state Formula
Ford to compete in the full national series this season.
The Sandown event also doubles as the opening round of the Victorian Formula Ford Series, and with the Borland outfit overseeing Ben D’Alia and Brendan Jones in the state-level championship, a total of seven cars will fall under the Borland umbrella next weekend.
Team owner Mike Borland is unfazed by the heavy workload.
“Having so many cars is a very positive thing, in my eyes,” Borland said.
“Firstly, it demonstrates the value of Formula Ford as a development category, and shows that it is by far the most popular open-wheel series in the country.
“Also, having that number of cars allows our drivers to compare data and learn from each other, while also creating a nice family atmosphere around the race meeting.”
After a strong campaign in the 2016 Formula Ford national series, in which he scored two pole positions, won two races and finished fourth in the standings, Ojeda is aiming to be a genuine title contender this season.
“I’d like to have a big crack at winning the title, but I know it’s going to be fierce competition – it’s a very high quality field this year,” Ojeda said.
“I know Mike and the team will give me a competitive package so hopefully I can reward them.”
Liam McLellan steps up to national Formula Ford after learning the ropes in the state series last year; he also achieved some outstanding results driving for Supercar driver James Courtney’s go-kart team, and will continued to be mentored by Courtney this season.
“After a year of learning Formula Ford in the state series, I’m looking forward to the national series and hopefully being able to string together some consistent results,” McLellan said.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to drive for Mike – he’s really passionate about supporting the sport as a whole.”
Also progressing from state-level racing to a full national campaign is Nic Carroll.
“The thing I’m most excited about this year is the opportunity to learn some new tracks – it will be my first time at Sydney Motorsport Park, Wakefield Park and Queensland Raceway,” Carroll said.
“Last year was a big step up from karts into car racing, but Mike taught me a lot not just about driving, but about the cars themselves.
“Sandown is an awesome track and it’s all about getting good exits from the slow corners, and in qualifying you need to make sure you have a good tow from someone else.”
Ben Reichstein is hoping to continue forward momentum after switching to a Borland Spectrum last season.
“When I started driving the Spectrum, I immediately felt comfortable and that translated to an improvement in my driving, which I want to explore further this season,” Reichstein said.
Long-time Borland Racing associate Paul Zsidy is ready for another season of enjoyment.
“I’m very different to most of the other drivers because I’m a lot older, and not aspiring towards a professional career – for me it’s about having fun and continuing to improve my lap times,” Zsidy said.
“Mike and Tracey have been very close friends for a long time so it’s great to be associated with them, and a pleasure to work alongside the young guns.”
The Formula Ford season opener kicks off with open practice on Friday, 3 March with Qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, 4 March and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday, 5 March.