CAMS ROOKIES WELCOME CHALLENGE
CAMS Rising Star 2008 drivers Jake Chapman, Daniel Erickson and Scott Pye face perhaps the toughest challenge of any squad since the program was launched in 2004. These three young men display all of the necessary attributes to succeed in motor racing at the highest possible level however, they are about to enter arguably the most hotly contested Australian Formula Ford Championship in recent times.
Early signs indicate that the average grid in the 2008 AFFC will be in excess of 25 cars, with an expectation that 30 plus cars will be present at a couple of higher profile events. In this field, there are a number of not only talented, but also highly experienced Formula Ford racers; some entering their third season at national level and many others having raced the full 2007 season. By comparison, the 2008 Rising Star squad is comprised of AFFC rookies, having completed a limited season of state racing last year.
That said, the potential of this year’s squad is undeniable and there are expectations for strong performances from all three drivers as their experience grows across the year. AMSF General Manager, Quentin Crombie had this to say of the forthcoming season: ‘Whilst it is absolutely our desire to see our drivers winning races and championships, it must be remembered that this program has always been about fast tracking the development of Australian drivers as they pursue their Formula 1 careers. This means that they will progress to Europe as soon as they are ready to do so, and that will routinely be prior to securing the Australian title. We would like to see plenty of Rookie titles though!’
The squad will use the same three Spectrum Formula Fords driven to five pole positions, 14 race wins and six lap records by the 2007 squad of Ash Walsh, Josh Scott and Kristian Lindbom. The distinctive new livery will be unveiled at the opening round at Eastern Creek on 7-9 March.
Borland Racing Developments is proud to continue its relationship with the AMSF and the CAMS Rising Star Program.