He may have suffered a devastating crash in the previous round at Sandown, but Tom Sargent is not giving up on his chances of winning the 2019 Australian Formula Ford Championship, which heads to Goulburn’s Wakefield Park circuit for the penultimate round this weekend.
While Sargent missed all three races at Sandown, his strong points position ensured he didn’t lose too much ground in the title chase.
“I’m 37 points off the lead heading into this weekend, with 61 points up for grabs in each of the two rounds left in the season, so I’m certainly not out of it yet,” Sargent said.
“The crash was unfortunate, but it hasn’t affected my confidence at all – my crew have done a fantastic job of rebuilding the car, and it will be as good as new.
“I also have a new helmet, to replace the one that was damaged in the crash at Sandown – hopefully it’s good for a few extra tenths!
“Physically, I’m back to 100 per cent as well, and I’m excited to be back on track – if I can win some races, I’ll be right back in the game.”
In the lead-up to this weekend’s round, Sargent and his CHE Racing team have completed a couple of test days at the Wakefield Park venue, but said he’s not expecting to have an advantage over any other teams.
“Wakefield Park is effectively our home track and we’ve tested there a couple of times, but so have our rivals,” he said.
“It always produces exciting racing though; it’s quite a short lap, but there are lots of overtaking opportunities.”
The Wakefield Park round will follow the standard series format, with practice on Friday, qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.