Borland Racing Developments’ latest Formula Ford creation, the Spectrum 015, has continued the Spectrum tradition of immediate racing success, scoring a race win on debut in the hands of the talented Jayden Ojeda in Round 1 of the Australian Formula Ford Series at Sandown on the weekend.
Jayden Ojeda delivered the Spectrum 015 a win
on debut in Formula Ford.
After qualifying third, Ojeda pulled off some spectacular overtaking moves at the end of the back straight, powering his way to the lead and storming to victory in Race 1, before repeating the feat from pole position in Race 2.
A slow start cost Ojeda places in Race 3, but he still fought back to third and set the fastest race lap of the weekend in the process. As a result, he sits equal first in the standings.
“Overall, it was a great weekend and we certainly demonstrated the Spectrum 015 has terrific race pace,” Ojeda said.
“Mike and the team did a great job with the setup and gave me a car that was fast when I had clear track, but also nice to drive when I was in traffic.
“It’s very early days but it’s nice to be at the top of the standings.”
Team owner Mike Borland said it was satisfying for his locally-designed and manufactured Formula Ford chassis to be immediately on the pace.
“The Spectrum 015 isn’t a radical new design, it’s more an evolution and refinement of the previous model,” Borland said.
“We’ve made some subtle aerodynamic improvements, updates to the geometry and further increased driver safety, and it’s nice to come away with such a great result in the car’s first outing.”
The other drivers in the Borland Racing stable experienced mixed weekends. Liam McLellan qualified on pole – his first in national Formula Ford – and after being relegated to the rear of the field for a minor technical irregularity in Race 1, he staged a determined fightback to 13th in Race 2, and second in Race 3 to finish the weekend sixth overall.
“I was very pleased with our pace this weekend, and it was encouraging to be able to recover as well as we did after the unfortunate situation in the first race,” McLellan said.
Ben Reichstein finished the round in 10th overall – the highlight was a seventh-place finish in Race 3 – while Nic Carroll bounced back from a Race 1 collision to finish 12th and 11th in Races 2 and 3.
Paul Zsidy improved his times over the weekend and recorded a pair of 13th-place finishes in Races 1 and 3. Race 2 was a bit more dramatic for the veteran racer, when his car was struck from the rear at Dandenong Road corner.
“As always, I entered the weekend with the objective of having fun and improving my lap times, and it was a lot of fun racing against the younger generation racers,” Zsidy said.
“I got a shock in Race 2 when I was hit from behind, but the damage was minimal, which is testimony to the durability of the Spectrum Formula Ford.”
Borland Racing also prepared the Kent Class entry of Brendan Jones, who won his class in all three races.
The next round of the Australian Formula Ford Series is at Wakefield Park on 1-2 April.