Samantha ReidSamy Reid has bounced back from adversity in impressive fashion, in today’s third and final race of the first round of the Australian Formula Ford championship in Adelaide.

One of Australia’s top female racers, Reid – 19 – qualified a career best 9th position on Friday but battled clutch dramas throughout the first two races of the weekend that hindered a potentially strong performance in front of her home town crowd.

Samy’s #42 Van Diemen struggled throughout the first two races with a clutch that slipped under acceleration – meaning that the car struggled coming out of corners and off the start line.

Bounding back from the problems today, Reid started the safety car interrupted-crash fest from 15th position and worked her way through the field to finish in an excellent eight place.

It was her best ever performance at the Clipsal 500 and a warning to the rest of the field that should she contest the remainder of the season she will be an outright contender.

The performance was made even more impressive given that the Clutch was far from perfect throughout today’s 8-lap affair, still slipping and affecting the cars performance.

The finish was just reward for the early problems that put a damper on what was looking to be a strong performance, as the locally based driver tries to raise the funds to enable her to contest the remaining seven rounds of the National Formula Ford Championship.

At this stage Clipsal will be the only round Samy contests, pending the arrival of funding.

Reid said this afternoon that whilst the championship points scored today were nice, the weekend was one of mixed emotions.

“It’s tough because I know I had a car to challenge the guys that were racing in front of me,” She said.

“The race today was good, I basically stayed out of trouble and brought it home, but it’s frustrating that we had these problems when it was shaping up to be such a good round for us after qualifying.

“Having said that it was pleasing to be able to get through the field in the way I did in that third race. There was a lot of carnage so to be able to avoid and make up the positions was good.

“If the clutch wasn’t still slipping I’m confident that I would have been able to race with the leading group and potentially get an even better finish.”

The 8th place finish means Samantha scores four points towards the Australian Formula Ford Championship.

Samantha and her team thank the continued support of their sponsors and supporters, including Auto Focus Marketing, Chicane Race gear, Oakley, Inetpics.com, Leatt Brace, Race Torque Media and Penguin Suite.