James Burge and Lachlan Gibbons will resume their fight for the NSW Formula Ford Championship this weekend, as the series heads to Wakefield Park for Round 4 of the 2017 season.
So far, Burge and Gibbons have won three races apiece, and just 11 points separate them in the standings for the outright (Duratec) class.
Burge has had an impressive rookie season driving the distinctive Listec Formula Ford, following on from successful results in superkarts in previous years.
“The biggest thing I’ve had to learn compared to the superkart is the braking,” Burge said.
“You have to apply much more force, which has taken time to get used to.
“I’m really enjoying the season – Paul Liston and the team have been supportive and it’s been good working with them to develop the car.”
Meanwhile, Gibbons has unfinished business this year after he narrowly missed out on winning the title last year.
“It hasn’t been the best start to our season but we’re still in the game, points-wise,” Gibbons said.
“I enjoy Wakefield Park as a track, although it wasn’t too kind to us during our last visit. Hopefully we used up all our bad luck then, and can have a clear run this weekend.”
Gibbons has also been racing in the Australian Production Car Series this season, driving a Subaru WRX with Dimitri Agathos, and says it’s a big contrast to Formula Ford.
“The two cars are completely different, so it will probably take me a practice session to get myself back into Formula Ford mode,” he said.
The Kent Class battle is on in earnest as well, with Keith Brennan 21 points ahead of Josh Behn, who has updated to a newer car for this weekend.
The weekend will feature a total of four races; the second race will be a non-championship race.