Andre BorellAndre Borell and Master Electricians Racing have broken this season’s points drought and now have some runs on the board for the 2009 Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship. Borell also won the ‘EWP Hard Charger’ award for the second time in as many rounds after a disappointing qualifying session left him with an uphill climb in the races.

Saturday morning’s Qualifying session didn’t go to plan, with Borell only posting a time good enough for 15th place on the grid. Borell made no excuses, and pointed the finger squarely at himself: “That wasn’t very good was it! I didn’t get a good slipstream which is key here, and I didn’t really put a good lap together anyway. I made a few mistakes pushing too hard for a good time. Oh well – we have pace so we can go forward in the races”.

Race 1 on Saturday afternoon saw a solid and level-headed drive from Borell, dodging the erratic driving in the midpack to bring home the Master Electricians Racing car home in 10th spot – and gain that elusive first championship point. With the CEO from both Master Electricians and simPRO present, the result could not have come at a better time.

Race 2 early Sunday morning was a similar story to race one, with Borell dodging the mayhem to come home on 10th spot again. His job was made harder however by a clutch and brake problem that would persist over the rest of the weekend. Andre explained the issues “The clutch wasn’t fully disengaging, so on the start line it was wanting to creep forward even with the clutch all the way in. I had to use all the pedals at once to keep the thing stationary and not get a jump start penalty – I really needed a third foot! We also had a severe brake shudder that tried to shake the wheel out of my hands every time I braked. We can’t fix either issue for Race 3 so too bad for me I guess, I’ll just drive around the problems”.

Race 3 saw a stellar performance from Borell, who ran as high as 6th at one point and eventually finished in 8th spot gaining even more points towards the tally. The superlative drive dealing with brake and clutch issues highlighted Borell’s talent and ability to run with the best in the Formula Ford ranks. Despite finishing in the best position of the season, Andre still felt he could have done better: “Martin Swindells was blocking me like a lunatic for the last half of the race. He was weaving four or five times on nearly every straight, everywhere I tried to go he would move across and nearly run me off the track. I should have got past him for 7th, but the guy is a headcase and would have taken me out before he let me past. I’d rather 8th than a DNF”.

SuperGP on the Gold Coast is the next stop for Master Electricians Racing and Andre Borell. Unlike most other Formula Ford drivers, Andre will gain some racing experience on the Surfers Paradise street circuit in September: “I’m racing in the ITU Triathlon World Championships on the Gold Coast soon, and the bike leg takes in some of the SuperGP circuit. I doubt it’ll be an advantage come October I’m hustling the Van Diemen between the concrete barriers, but you never know!”

Andre Borell is supported by Master Electricians, Extreme Safety, simPRO, Xtreme Racing and Wizzard Concreting. For more information please visit