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Samantha ReidThe Royal Adelaide Show may well be over for another year, but one of Adelaide’s leading young drivers is ready to give her home fans an exciting performance at a different kind of show this weekend.

19-year-old Samantha ‘Samy’ Reid will suit up for this weekend’s sixth round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Mallala Raceway with the best possible chance of taking her #42 BMS Motorsport Van Diemen RF03 to a career best performance in the Open Wheel series.

Reid, this year competing in her first full National Championship campaign, has completed plenty of testing and development miles at the 2.8km circuit approximately 55km outside of Adelaide and says that this weekend is her best chance to race with the leaders of this year’s Formula Ford Pack.

“Because we are competing on a limited budget, Mallala is the only circuit that we have been able to comprehensively test at this season,” Reid said.

“That, and all the racing miles that I have had here in the past, should put us in a good position to have our most competitive weekend of the season so far.”

With confidence in the car and circuit a key to posting strong results, the ability to come out on a familiar circuit and push hard from the first session is something the Adelaide University student has lacked this season – until this weekend.

“Because this is very much a learning year for us, we have been spending the first session of each meeting we have gone to setting up the car and learning the circuit,” she explained.

“Mallala will hopefully be different because I will have confidence in the car and in the setup from the first session out, which means we can focus on developing and refining the car instead of starting from scratch.

“I like to set myself high goals, but I think it is very realistic for us to run in the top eight this weekend, if not higher,” She added.

In a further boost to her preparations, Reid has fully recovered from a serious bout of the flu that hampered her progress at the fifth round of the championship, held at the Sandown 500 two weeks ago.

Samantha has spent the time following the meeting recuperating at home, and her professed herself fighting fit for her home round this weekend.

“It wasn’t much fun at Sandown,” she said.

”I could barely talk and it certainly affected my performance at a round I was looking forward to being competitive at. I’ve been able to rest up in the last one and a half weeks and I’m feeling better now than I have for quite a while. I’m looking forward to being able to give it a real go this weekend.”

The sixth round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship will be contested over three races this Sunday, September 17th.

For more information about Samantha Reid please visit www.bmsmotorsport.com.au

Adelaide’s Asher Johnston has continued to show impressive form in the Victorian State Formula Ford 1600cc championship following the fourth of six rounds, contested last weekend.

Held at Sandown Raceway, 19-year-old Glenelg-based Johnston finished inside the top five in each of the four races held at the tough circuit just one week after the Sandown 500, and consolidated his strong position in the championship in just his first year of Formula Ford competition.

After posting a vastly improved performance in the third round of the championship – a round, also at Sandown, that saw Johnston score his first Formula Ford pole position – similarly strong results were expected in the fourth round following a strong test day at Winton prior to the event.

Johnston delivered in qualifying, scoring third on a tightly contested grid just .131s from pole position. Impressively, the #18 Mygale lapped quicker than his pole time set in round three, showing the progress made between rounds in both setup and driver confidence.

In changeable conditions, Saturday’s opening race saw Johnston make a good start from the second row of the grid, the setup of the #18 car coming on as the race progressed en route to a 5th place finish.

With the race one finish the starting position for Sunday’s first event, Johnston made a good start and ran sixth in the opening stanza of the five lap affair. He then made strong progress in the last two laps of the race to finish 4th.

A ferociously close third race saw the top five cars covered by just one second as they finished, Johnston holding fourth the entire race, finishing less than three tenths off the podium.

The strong weekend was capped off by another top five finish in the fourth and final race, a 12-lap affair held late Sunday.

The quartet of top five results have consolidated Johnston’s position as one of the most consistent leading contenders in this year’s competitive Victorian State Formula Ford Championship, racing consistently with some better financed drivers from the likes of the CAMS Rising Star squad and other series leaders like Taz Douglas.

“What a full on weekend that was,” Johnston said at the conclusion of the final race.

“They play for keeps at the front, that’s for sure – You’ve got to earn every little piece of bitumen you race on otherwise you’ll be pushed off it!

“We had lots of little dramas on Friday (Practice) but ended up putting in a better time in Qualifying than I did to get pole for round 3. I was right with Taz (Douglas) and Cade (Southall) throughout the session which was promising.

“We were happy with qualifying and Sunday was really good, hard and tough racing and I really enjoyed it, even if it wasn’t the kind of results that we would have liked to score. It’s good to know that I can mix it with these guys on a consistent basis now and as long as we keep working hard I’m certain that we can find that first win I’m after.” He said.

The strong results at the weekend see Johnston climb one position in the championship, now provisionally 6th with two rounds remaining.

The fifth round of the Victorian State Formula Ford Championship will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on the 21st and 22nd of October.

Asher Johnston would like to thank the continued support of G-Force Racing / Mygale, Duplex IT, Richards Auto, Cartek Sales and Service, Check it out graphics and Race Torque Media.

For more information please visit www.asherjohnston.com.au

Alx DanielssonAlx Danielsson dominated the World Series weekend at Donington Park from start to finish by both races and scoring a pole position. The Swede started the first race from the front row, along side South African, Adrian Zaugg, and took the lead on the first lap and crossed the finish line with a margin of almost ten seconds. Alx then took pole position for the second race on Saturday, the gap to second place was more than half a second, and again Alx dominated the race from start to finish, this time finishing seven seconds ahead of Zaugg.

“We have been waiting for this result,” said Alx. “We have been on the pace all year but the results have escaped us. I’m really happy for this result but in all honesty, it was expected. Comtec Racing is a super team and they have given me a great car all year long. It was only a matter of time before we ended up on top of the podium. I also would like to thank all my sponsors, investors, family and friends, that have given me such a great support this year and stuck with me through thick and thin – this is the best reward I could give them.”

With the results from this weekend, Alx climbs to fourth place in the championship, and he is now within striking distance of the championship leader, Spaniard Andy Soucek.

“I’m the one who’s on a roll right now,” says Alx. “The other guys seem to struggle and now I have a definite shot at the title. I’m gonna give it my all in the last two race weekends.”

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Anders KrohnAnders Krohn is back from the World Cup in Belgium, but sadly he wasn`t able to improve his result from last year where he finished 17th. ”We knew already during free practice, that we would have problems during the race” Krohn comments.

On Thursday August 31st, the first practice was held, but prior to free practice scrutineering was held meaning you would have to choose your chassis before testing. ”Based on experienses gained in last years World Cup where we struggled with too much grip, the choice fell easily on the frame made for running free in high grip races.” The choice was unfortunatly as wrong as possible, and the track gathered no grip during the weekend at all.

”Due to the wrong choice, we struggled with rear grip problems all weekend long, and wasn`t able go get closer to the leaders than one second a lap.” Krohn qualified 45th, 9 tenths off pole. In both qualifying heats Krohn started 30th.

”My first heat was quite alright and I was up to something like 15th before I was shuffed off the track loosing 5-6 positions before regaining the track. I finished 21st. My second heat was to be a big disaster, where there was no speed at all. And in a fight with another driver we crashed at the end of the straight in 140km/h, but I was able to finish the race in 29th position.”

These positions meant Krohn would start 12th in the second-chance. The first few laps went well for Krohn gaining positions and looking as if he could finish inside the top 6, but together with again being shoved off the track and the sudden lack of grip, meant Krohn slid down the order to finish 13th. ”My race ended there. It`s a shame we didn`t get through to the finals, but I guess it is just one of those races. The team and myself have worked flat out all weekend and tried everything possible on the kart. However, the bad choice prior to the weekend made the result. There was nothing more we could have done to the kart.”

”I would like to end by thanking the entire Zanardi Holland crew; Paul Peters, Rob Knap, Walter van Lent, Ger Peters, and Michel Vacirca of CRG Holland. Also I would like to send a thanks to the Maxter factory for supplying me with good engines. I wouldn`t have been at the World Cup if it wasn`t for you guys! Thanks.” are Krohn`s final words.

As for Anders`future, it is unsure whether he will do more races in 2006 or not. Plans for 2007 are being made, but nothing is certain at the moment.

Anders Krohn.com pressrelease
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