ERICKSON’S MAIDEN UK WIN
Australian driver Daniel Erickson has taken his maiden victory in round 13 of the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Donnington Park over the weekend. Erickson led every lap of the race to win by a comfortable margin, having qualified his Australian built Spectrum chassis on pole position earlier in the day. The young driver from Orangeville, Sydney also secured pole position for round 14.
In what was an outstanding result for the Kevin Mills Racing crew, Daniel’s team mates Alex Jones and Daniel Cammish finished 3rd and 4th respectively; Dan Cammish once again claiming the win in the Scholarship class.
It was a timely result for Erickson, coming just a week after his family, friends and supporters had participated in a dinner and auction to raise funds to allow him to continue his UK racing campaign. “I am so pleased to be able to secure pole position and the win today,” said an ecstatic Erickson after the race. “This is the best way I know to thank everyone who has supported me. My family, the AMSF, Borland Racing and Spectrum cars, Kevin Mills Racing and my friends back home who have provided funds and ongoing encouragement,” he said. “It’s even better that my team mates were right up there with me to showcase how good the KMR team and Spectrum chassis are. We’re a small, close team and I don’t think anyone in pit lane works harder than our guys.”
Kevin Mills was beaming with the results delivered by his young drivers. “That is mega!” he enthused. “We have been promising this for quite a while and it is terrific to deliver. Dan C has been solid all season and is dominating the Scholarship class, but Dan E and Alex have had more than their fair share of bad luck so far. It’s great for them to have a good, clean run and to see them on the podium where they deserve to be,” he added.
“Fantastic!” was how Spectrum designer Mike Borland summed up the result. “We’re also racing at Sandown this weekend for the Victorian Championship. Spectrum chassis won the Formula Ford and Formula Ford 1600 races at Sandown and then we sat up to watch live timing and see the two Dans and Alex crowd the podium in their KMR Spectrums. It is very satisfying to see our cars winning races around the World within a few hours,” Borland said, adding “Congratulations to Kevin, his team and the drivers on a well earned result.”
Round 14 of the Championship was a far more torrid affair, with a lead bunch of six cars fighting for most of the race. On the 11th lap, Erickson crossed the line five abreast with his rivals! After being shuffled back in the pack, he was able to fight back to 3rd at the finish and record another strong podium finish. After the weekend, Cammish remains 4th in the Championship points and comfortable leader in Scholarship class and Erickson has improved to 6th. The next outing is at the famous Silverstone Circuit on the weekend of 15 and 16 August.