LASKA WINS WITH SPECTRUM TOP SIX
Round six of the Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship was run at Phillip Island last weekend, with the locally manufactured Spectrum chassis claiming the top six positions. Leading the charge and building on his comfortable championship lead in the process was Synergy Motorsport driver Paul Laskazeski, who secured the round win with 3rd, 2nd and 1st across the three races. CAMS Rising Star Daniel Erickson had qualified in pole position and won both of the opening races, only to be crashed out of the lead on the final lap of race three by a competitor who earned a 20 point penalty from the stewards for his efforts. If not for this, Erickson looked comfortably set to take a maximum points haul from the weekend; as it was, he finished 2nd for the round despite his forced retirement from race three. Daniel improved to 6th in the championship and 2nd in the Rookie of the Year race.
The Island circuit is a favourite of Rising Star Jake Chapman. After qualifying in 4th position, Jake raced to a pair of 4th places and backed this up with a 2nd in the final. Jake joined his team mate on the podium, finishing the round in 3rd place; this is Jake’s 2nd visit to the podium in his rookie year. Jake sits inside the top ten in the championship and is 4th Rookie.
Tasmania’s Ben Walter had his strongest round of his rookie season, qualifying 7th aboard his Minda Motorsport prepared Spectrum 011c. Ben raced well across the weekend, recording 7th, 7th and 5th; his consistency earning him 4th for the round and moving him up to 13th in the championship. On the back of these results, Ben is looking forward to the next round, which will be held at his ‘home track’ of Symmons Plains.
Just behind Ben was Brad Lowe, driving for the Synergy Motorsport team. After a challenging qualifying session, Brad drove superbly, posting results of 6th and 5th in the first two races. Brad was 10th in the final race, which netted him 5th for the round. Just one point behind in 6th was Rising Star Scott Pye. Scott had moved forward from his qualifying position to finish 5th in race one. He was in a strong position in the second race, before he received contact at turn one, sending him into a spin at 200 kph. Scott recovered the spin and rejoined the track to finish in 15th position. A great drive in the last race of the weekend resulted in a 6th place finish.
The Spectrum chassis was further represented in the top ten. Martin Swindells ended the round in 8th place for the Minda Motorsport team. A stunning 3rd in the final race showed the potential he has to challenge for race wins. Sixteen year old Chaz Mostert was just one point behind Martin in 9th; the young Queenslander piloting his Synergy Motorsport ride to 9th in qualifying. Chaz then drove to 10th, 6th and 8th across the weekend.
Borland Racing Developments congratulates all teams and drivers on their performances last weekend; to finish with the Spectrum chassis filling the top six positions and occupying eight of the top nine is an outstanding result. With just two rounds to run in 2008, Paul Laskazeski holds a 74 point championship lead for Factory Enterprises and Synergy Motorsport. A strong result in Tasmania could see him wrap up the title with a round to go; but true to his nature, Paul is not thinking about that. “We’ve had a really good year so far. I’m going to approach the next round as I have the others; just drive fast and smart. Factory Enterprises has supported me all year and Justin Cotter (Synergy Motorsport owner) has given me a great car. I want to repay them and my family for their faith in me and winning the championship is the best way to do that, so I’m not going to do anything silly,” said Laska.