Preparation has been the key for Borland Racing Developments’ five drivers ahead of this weekend’s second round of the Australian Formula Ford Series at Wakefield Park Raceway.
Jayden Ojeda, Liam McLellan, Ben Reichstein, Nic Carroll and Paul Zsidy have all spent the weeks since the opening round of the series at Sandown engaged in a variety of exercises aimed at keeping them sharp ahead of this weekend’s race meeting.
Ojeda put in a stunning performance at Sandown, delivering Borland’s latest creation, the Spectrum 015, two race victories on debut and emerging from the weekend at the top of the points standings.
“Sandown went really well for us, and I’m looking forward to continuing the momentum at Wakefield Park,” Ojeda said.
“I qualified on pole at Wakefield and had a race win there, so I’ll take a lot of confidence into this weekend for sure.
“Since Sandown, we had a productive test day at Winton where we were able to experiment with a few setup options and further explore the new car.”
McLellan also enjoyed a competitive outing at Sandown, qualifying on pole position and charging his way to the front of the field in the final race after an earlier setback.
“Sandown was a very encouraging weekend for us – to qualify on pole in such a competitive field was a big boost,” McLellan said.
“I haven’t raced at Wakefield Park before, so I’ve been studying a lot of in-car footage and data to prepare myself. Mike (Borland) has been very helpful with supplying information to help me learn as quickly as possible.”
Since Sandown, Zsidy, Carroll and Ojeda have all benefited from some sessions with renowned sports psychologist Dr Noel Blundell.
“Dr Blundell was very helpful, he made us do a number of exercises which allowed us to learn how we think and react in certain situations, which has given me a better understanding of myself and how I behave in a competitive environment,” Carroll said.
“The physical training element of preparing for a motorsport event is well known, but the mental and psychological aspects are equally important,” Zsidy added.
“It was a really insightful experience to have my thinking challenged by Dr Blundell.”
Round 2 of national Formula Ford commences with open practice on Friday, 31 March with Qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, 1 April and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday, 2 April.