Hart breaks through for maiden Formula Ford round win
Mathew Hart has broken through for his maiden Australian Formula Ford Championship round win after claiming all three races at Queensland Raceway this weekend.
After being challenged by pole sitter Garry Jacobson through the first half of the opening race, Hart was seldom hindered in the two Sunday heats.
The wins have pegged back Jack Le Brocq’s title lead to 27 points, thanks to his dominant weekend.
“It’s awesome to get my first round win, and to do it with three race wins I couldn’t be happier,” Hart said.
“The car was on fire this weekend; I’m stoked for the boys on the team to get this result, as they have put in a massive effort.
“Justin (Cotter, team manager) was on the radio telling me to keep concentrating on my corner exits throughout the races. I had my eyes forward, and was able to pull away.”
The Sunday morning race featured a spirited battle for second place, which was eventually claimed by Le Brocq over Jacobson and Shae Davies.
Jacobson came back strongly in the finale, securing second after clearing out from a battle which saw Le Brocq came home in third, from Davies and Macauley Jones.
Overall for the round, Le Brocq edged out Jacobson for second in the weekend point score, with the result marking a complete reversal of fortunes for Jacobson after scoring zero points last time out in Townsville.
Fourth for the weekend was Davies, with the highlight of his efforts being a new Queensland Raceway track record for Formula Ford, which he set in the second race.
Anton De Pasquale had an impressive second up national level effort to be placed fifth for the round, followed by Jones, Sam Power, and Simon Hodge, with Queenslanders Matt Campbell and Jordan Lloyd rounding out the top 10.
The Australian Formula Ford Championship continues as a support to the Dick Smith Sandown 500 on September 14-16.
Championship Points After 5 of 8 Rounds
1. Jack Le Brocq 251 points
2. Mathew Hart 224
3. Garry Jacobson 182
4. Shae Davies 132
5. Sam Power 91
6. Macauley Jones 85
7. Simon Hodge 82
8. Jonathon Venter 64
9. Liam Sager 37
10. Anton De Pasquale 32
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