Liam McLellan has claimed his first overall podium finish in national Formula Ford, finishing second in Round 2 of the 2017 series at Wakefield Park on the weekend.
After qualifying sixth, McLellan was relegated to ninth on the grid with a penalty for pit-lane speeding, but staged a stunning drive to fourth in Race 1, setting the fastest lap of the race on board his Borland Racing Developments Spectrum 014.
In Races 2 and 3, McLellan battled for the lead, ultimately finishing second in both races to secure the runner-up spot for the weekend.
“Overall, it was a really good weekend – it was my first time at Wakefield Park, but I was able to learn the track quickly and by the time the races started I was really confident with it,” McLellan said.
“I had some good battles with some of the other drivers in Races 2 and 3 and it was intense – there was a lot of overtaking and I had to be right on top of my game.
“To finish on the outright podium is a great result for the Borland team and I can’t wait for the next round at Winton.”
Following his two race victories in the opening round at Sandown, Jayden Ojeda was again a front-runner in his Spectrum 015; he qualified fourth and finished third in the first two races, before sustaining damage in an unfortunate incident in the final and limping home in 12th place.
“Overall it was an up-and-down weekend – we had good speed in each race but we weren’t quite able to exploit it,” Ojeda said.
“We scored some good points in the first two races but in Race 3 at the Safety Car restart, there was a concertina and I was hit from behind – it bent the wishbone and I just had to nurse the car to the chequered flag.
“There are still a lot of positives to take out of the weekend as our race pace was really strong.”
Ben Reichstein enjoyed an encouraging weekend, recording another overall top 10 finish highlighted by eighth-place finishes in Races 2 and 3.
“It was my first time at Wakefield Park in the Spectrum, and after taking a bit of time to reacquaint myself with the track on Friday and Saturday and managing a few technical issues, Sunday was a good day,” Reichstein said.
“There was plenty of action with battles all the way up and down the field, so it was important to maintain concentration all the way through.”
Nic Carroll experienced a stellar Saturday, producing what team owner Mike Borland described as “his best Formula Ford drive so far” to sixth in Race 1.
However, Carroll was turned around in Race 2 and fell to 14th, and was then an innocent victim in a Race 3 collision, ending his day.
“While it was a shame for my weekend to finish the way it did, I was really happy with Race 1 – I had enough pace to run with the lead pack and the Spectrum 015 was performing really well,” Carroll said.
Paul Zsidy finished a season-best ninth in Race 3 and was happy with his improvement curve over the weekend.
“The sessions with sports psychologist Dr Noel Blundell enabled me to reach a better headspace this weekend and I started a lot closer to the front-running pace than usual,” Zsidy said.
“I kept improving over the weekend, had a lot of fun as usual, and was stoked to round out the meeting with a top 10 finish.
Formula Ford heads to Winton for the next round, supporting the Supercars Championship on 19-21 May.