SPECTRUMS SWEEP STREETS OF TOWNSVILLE
Chaz Mostert and Ash Walsh were the class of the field at last weekend’s Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship round, run on the streets of Townsville. Mostert hit the ground running, setting the fastest times in Friday practice, winning all three races and taking the lap record, while Walsh worked his way into the weekend from 5th fastest on Friday to setting the fastest lap in race two on Sunday morning. Ash’s 2nd placing in races two and three secured 2nd for the round and a 1-2 for the Melbourne designed and built Spectrum 012 chassis.
Mostert praised his Synergy Motorsport team for their efforts across the meeting; “Justin (Cotter) and his team do a fantastic job and the Spectrum 012 was faultless all weekend. It’s such an easy and comfortable car to drive; the Synergy team have got it on rails!” It was an emotional meeting for the young Queenslander, as the weekend marked the anniversary of his mother’s passing. “Mum was definitely on my mind,” said Chaz. “She was always supportive of my racing and I tried to just stay focussed on doing a good job for her this weekend. This trophy is for her.”
Driving the SES Linear/King’s Fibreglass entry for Borland Racing Developments, Ash Walsh was very pleased with the progress he and the team made over the meeting. “Street circuits present a real challenge,” he said. “You’re never sure how smooth or bumpy they are, how grippy the asphalt is or how they might change from session to session. We decided to take it conservatively, keep the car off the concrete barriers and work our way up to speed.” Ash congratulated Chaz on his victory. “Chaz was quick all weekend. We showed on Sunday we could run with him, but full credit to him on a mistake free weekend. It’s good to race with someone you respect, but we’ll be out to beat him at the final three rounds!”
The Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship takes a mid season break, with competition resuming at Surfers Paradise on October 22-24. Chaz takes a handy 49 point lead into the break, with a run of strong performances vaulting Ash into 2nd place in the championship.