There is an old saying that suggests that the tougher the challenge, the stronger you’ll become after it.

If there is any truth to that, then BMS Motorsport driver Samantha Reid can tackle the remaining rounds of the 2006 Australian Formula Ford Championship feeling stronger than ever following a tough third round at Queensland Raceway last weekend.

Reid, driving her #42 BMS Motorsport Van Diemen RF03 entry posted consistent results at the 2.8km circuit outside of Ipswich, continuing to gather circuit and setup information in what is a learning year for the 19-year-old Adelaide based driver on the national Formula Ford schedule.

Despite a difficult-to-drive car Reid was still able, however, to achieve her pre-event prediction of a top-twelve finish after scoring 11th in the third of three races – held in sunny conditions Sunday afternoon.

With a large majority of the entrants in this year’s Formula Ford Championship utilizing the Ipswich circuit as a test facility, the weekend proved to be a tough one for Reid as the BMS Motorsport team fought to develop the best setup for the circuit with the limited track time on hand.

After spending Friday’s practice sessions learning the bumpy, demanding circuit and developing setup, Reid posted an improved time in qualifying to place the #42 entry 16th on the competitive grid.

Staying on track throughout the three races would prove to be the key to scoring a strong result at the round, as a number of off track excursions and crashes from a good portion of the field meant that the attrition rate was high throughout the weekend.

Reid finished 13th in the first race, avoiding the drama around her to run as high as 12th by lap 7 before settling into her final finishing position on the eighth of 12 laps.

Reid followed up on Sunday with 14th in the second race, before scoring a strong 11th in the finale in a consistently improving performance.

“It was a really tough weekend right from the outset,” said Reid.

“The car was at it’s best for the entire weekend for about the first two laps of the final race, after that it went off quite badly which made things difficult.

“We probably didn’t make as big a change as we should have for the final race which is why the car was only good for a little while.

“When it was good I felt like I could really race with everyone else and I think a top ten would have definitely been on the cards. It was hard to be confident with the car when it was so hard to drive, which is really frustrating.” She said.

“We are making progress, however, and I think that we will keep getting better as the season goes on. It’s very much a learning season for us to gather as much data and knowledge as possible.” She added.

Despite the tough weekend on track, Reid said that the new relationship with AutoFocus Marketing – that saw her debut a new Oakley driving suit and test-drive the new Leatt brace head and neck support safety device – got off to an excellent start.

“The Leatt Brace was really comfortable to wear and got heaps of attention from a lot of the competitors in the paddock, and the new driving suit was also really comfortable.” She said.

The next round of the Australian Formula Ford championship will be held at Sydney’s Oran Park Raceway on August 11 – 13.