ROOKIE SHOWS GREAT PACE ON DEBUT
Rookie sensation, 16 year old Ben Jurczak of Forest Lake in Queensland, displayed pace well beyond his experience at the first round of the 2010 Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship, supporting the QANTAS Australian Grand Prix. In only his 3rd CAMS racing event, Ben qualified in 10th position for race one on Saturday afternoon.
As the race unfolded, Ben kept moving forward and was soon up to 5th place. Unfortunately he got caught out under brakes and found himself beached in one of the gravel traps, ending his race with a couple of laps to go. Ben explained “I got a good run on the guys in front of me and thought I might be able to make a pass into the next corner. As I pulled out to pass, I noticed we were coming into a yellow flag area, which means I can’t overtake and there could be something on track. When I got on the brakes, I was on the dirty part of the track and locked up; it was as simple as that. I didn’t want to take anyone else out or hit the wall, so I was able to keep it straight and run off into the gravel trap. We’ve got no damage to the car, which is great!”
Ben’s engineer Mike Borland was impressed with the rookie’s performance. “Ben’s pace all weekend has been fantastic. It’s a real shame for him not have finished the race, but even then he showed great presence of mind and car control to avoid contact,” he said.
Ben heads to his home state when the next round rolls into Queensland Raceway. “I started my kart racing career at Willowbank, so I’ve spent lots of weekends racing karts a few hundred metres from the circuit. Like most tracks this year though, I’ve never driven on the car racing circuit, so we’ll see how we go!” he enthused.
Ben’s Spectrum 012 Formula Ford is prepared by Borland Racing Developments and he is supported by King’s Fibreglass, SES Linear Bearings and Penske Racing Shocks