The ING Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix marked the start of the Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship for Master Electricians Racing and Andre Borell.

The weekend didn’t start well with an engine problem stopping any serious running in the one and only 20min practice. Andre remained on the circuit for the session, feeling that the problem could not be fixed in pit lane, and it was not harming the car.

Going into qualifying having not completed a single fast lap of Albert Park, Andre was unsure of what to expect. The qualifying session turned out to be mayhem, with cars crashing and bringing out red flags on two occasions. Because of this, Andre only got one flying lap in for the entire session, going quick enough to put him 12th on the grid. “We were aiming for a Top-10, so we missed that, but we have to be happy considering the engine drama” explained Andre.

Hopes were high for Race 1 on Saturday, with Andre confident he had more left in him and the car. “I got a great start, passing a few people on the run to Turn 1 and then again to Turn 3. I think we were around P8 or P9, Unfortunately it all fell apart from there”. Andre recovered from being forced off the circuit, and then a high speed spin to finish 17th in the race. “We only had 2 racing laps, the rest was behind safety cars, so it was impossible to fight back from our bad first lap. The pace is there, so we’ll press on tomorrow.

Race two again started well, with Andre again launching off the start line, and picking cars off one by one over the first two laps. Andre then got stuck behind a slower driver, who defended his position very aggressively. Andre finally made a move at Turn 15, which saw the two drivers come together. “I was well along side, he saw I was there, there was just no need for it. A little bit of racing room from him and we both would have been OK”. A very dissapointed Borell was forced to retire the car with bent steering.

Attention now turns to Round 2 of the championship in Winton on May 1-3. The signs are very promising with a lot of speed being shown from both the driver and car. “Albert Park was good because it was a level playing field, no one had raced there before. Winton will be different as all the Victorian teams test there. It will be tougher but I’m confident of a scoring points and running in the Top-10. From Tasmania onwards we’ll start aiming for podiums and wins.