Sunshine Coast driver Harrison Jones has driven his Spectrum 014 to his best race results of the season, chalking up a pair of fourth-place finishes in Round 4 of the Australian Formula Ford Series at Queensland Raceway on the weekend.
Jones qualified 11th on a damp circuit, before working his way up to seventh in Race 1. He prevailed in some exciting battles with his rivals to finish fourth in Races 2 and 3.
“It was a really good weekend, we found some improvements after qualifying which allowed us to move towards the front in the races,” Jones said.
Borland Racing Developments title contender Jayden Ojeda had a mixed weekend; after qualifying third, he finished fourth in Race 1.
In Race 2, he was caught out by some oil on the circuit and fell back to 10th; he recovered strongly to be fighting among the front-runners, ultimately finishing sixth.
Ojeda was running fourth in the final race when he retired due to a gearbox problem, but had still done enough to maintain his second place in the series standings.
In his first visit to Queensland Raceway, Liam McLellan performed consistently in all three races, finishing eighth in each one.
McLellan took time learning the track in the first two races but was more competitive in the final, fighting for a position inside the top five before falling back to eighth at the chequered flag.
Queenslander Paul Zsidy qualified 12th in the wet session before finishing just outside the top 10 in all three races, while Ben Reichstein endured a challenging weekend.
“Overall, it was a challenging weekend because a lot of the drivers had never driven at Queensland Raceway before,” team owner Mike Borland said.
“The weather conditions in Friday practice made it difficult for the drivers to learn the track, and also a challenge for the engineering team to come up with a setup for the dry, so everyone was constantly learning and adapting throughout the races.
“For the next two national rounds, we go to circuits where everyone has a bit more knowledge – Sydney Motorsport Park is Jayden’s home track, and Liam has already raced at Phillip Island a couple of times – so we’ll be aiming to bring home some stronger results.”
The Borland Racing Developments crew are next in action for Round 4 of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship, 21-23 July.