Aaron Cameron has taken overall victory for Spectrum in Round 3 of the Australian Formula Ford Series, coming out on top in front of the Supercars crowd at Winton on the weekend.
Cameron qualified his Spectrum 014 on pole position, setting the fastest time on the very last lap of the session.
“Track conditions for qualifying were very damp, but it was improving as the session progressed,” Cameron said.
“I knew I had to nail the very last lap of the session, and fortunately I was one of the last cars across the finish line.”
Race 1 was declared a non-event due to a first-corner incident; In Race 2, Cameron slipped back to third at the start but fought his way past rivals to take the win.
Second in Race 3 was enough for Cameron to secure his first national Formula Ford round victory.
“The last race was 17 laps, which was very long by Formula Ford standards,” Cameron said.
“In the middle of the race, the tyres were starting to get hot but there was a Safety Car which allowed everything to cool down.
“There were a few chances to pass, but I knew I would win the round if I finished behind him so I didn’t take any unnecessary risks.”
Jayden Ojeda made it two Spectrums on the podium, finishing third overall with results of fourth and third in the two completed races.
“In Race 2, we fell away toward the end, but we tuned it up for Race 3 and it was a lot stronger,” Ojeda said.
“I was able to pass Hunter just after the Safety Car restart and I was right behind Aaron and Max, but at Winton it’s very hard to overtake.”
Also having a solid run was privateer Spectrum driver Adrian Lazzaro, who finished fifth for the round, while Nic Carroll recovered from a rear-of-grid start in Race 2 to finish eighth for the weekend.
In his first national race meeting with the Borland team, Cody Donald finished ninth in Race 2 and was on target for another top 10 finish in Race 3 before being spun off the circuit in a collision at turn 12.
Paul Zsidy had a consistent weekend, finishing 13th in the weekend’s final race, while Ben Reichstein was 11th in Race 2, but fell down the order in Race 3 after contact from another competitor.
Rookies Conor Nicholson and Ben D’Alia both showed steady improvements, finishing 14th and 15th in Race 3.
Liam McLellan endured a tough weekend, being caught up in the Race 1 incident, coming from a pit lane start to 15th in Race 2, and retiring with damage in Race 3.
The next round of the Australian Formula Ford Series is at Queensland Raceway, 7-9 July.