FFord driver gets hands-on V8 experience
Australian Formula Ford front-runner Trent Harrison got a hands-on experience with TeamVodafone during the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge.
Harrison, who finished fifth in the Formula Ford title, was a guest of the champion team as part of Harrison’s association with the Australian Motor Sport Foundation and its CAMS Rising Stars program.
While limited to general duties on Jamie Whincup’s #88 Commodore, Harrison says that the experience inside a leading team is invaluable.
“The AMSF want to give us an around perspective on motorsport,” harrison told Speedcafe.com.
“We’ve done camps throughout the year, and the final thing is working with a teams to see what a team environment racing is like. I’ve been fortunate to work with the best team.”
Harrison is no stranger to working with a V8 Supercars team, spending some time with Tony D’Alberto Racing over the past few season.
Harrison acknowledges that there are significant differences between TDR’s single car team and TeamVodafone.
“The biggest difference is staff, resources and budget,” he said.
“Triple Eight is on top of everything. It’s an extremely slick operation. TDR is a good solid team, and they are getting better and better, but you can see the differences.”
Harrison is unsure of what he will rya next year, suggesting that Carrera Cup and the Fujitsu V8 Series are his goals, pending budget.
“Fujitsu Series would be nice, and I’m looking at Carrera Cup too,” he said.
“I’m working on both of those at the moment. I wouldn’t do Formula Ford again. So it’s either that or nothing at all. We’ll se how it pans out.”