Nick PercatHaving left behind the cool weather once again in Victoria, the Formula Ford championship moved north to Queensland Raceway, a happy hunting ground for Percat in the past. “Last year we proved to be very quick here, and I hope to carry that pace forward this weekend! However my focus is firmly on the championship and I will be doing everything I can to extend my lead going into the final 2 rounds” said a confident Percat.

It was confidence well placed, when in the opening two sessions of Practice, Percat topped the time sheets with an impressive gap to second. “Our used tyre pace has always been good here, and I really can’t fault the car in any area so we will see what Qualy brings tomorrow” smiled Percat, knowing the unseasonal hot weather Queensland was experiencing was playing to into his hands being one of the fittest drivers on the grid.

Qualifying was held early on Saturday morning in relatively cool conditions, with Percat leading the grid onto the circuit. With the battle for pole always tight with the high quality field of drivers in 2009 Percat had to settle for 3rd on the grid for the open race later in the Afternoon. ” I wasn’t able to get the balance back in the car that I had in the earlier sessions, which is a bit of a shame, but we will press on knowing I just have to race the guys that are in the championship hunt” said Percat.

Race 1 held in the middle of the day was a great battle between the leading drivers of 2009, and also some names to watch out for in the future. As the dice at the front commenced with SONIC team mates Mitch Evans, Nick Percat and Geoff Uhrhane together with Chaz Mostert the race was set to be an epic battle for the 12 laps around Queensland Raceway. With Evans leading, he was able to put his head down early on and pull out a small but significant lead that was never headed taking the win. “I got a reasonable start from the dirty side of the track, and paced myself in this first race, as I know that tyre wear can be an issue here, and also the fact that my closest competitor at the moment is Scott Pye, so all I had to do was out point him. However the battle with Geoff and Chaz was a pretty good one, and it was nice to see Geoff get his best result for 2009 and a 1-2-3 for SONIC as a team is really good also!!” said a happy Percat on returning to the garage extending his already impressive championship lead.

Race 2 held on Sunday morning, and was a lot closer affair, with team mates Evans and Percat pulling away from the rest of the field, and drove in formation for the entire 12 laps to finish 3 seconds ahead of team mate Uhrhane. “I’m happy to just keep ticking the races off at the moment, and 2nd is a solid amount of points for my championship, so there was no reason to risk it all with a desperate move on Mitch” said Percat.

The final race of the weekend, once again held in hot conditions was another close tussle between Percat and Evans. With the lead changing in the early laps, Percat kept his team mate honest as they pulled out another commanding gap over the rest of the field, Mitch taking the win, with Percat right on his gearbox to the chequered flag.

“A great team effort this weekend, as we had all 3 cars right on the pace from the start, and to leave here now 1-2 in the championship, and extending my lead to 80 points with a possible 122 to play for it’s a great position for me to be in” beamed Percat, knowing full well that he could wrap up the championship at one of his favourite tracks, Phillip Island Round 7 September 11-13.

Nick is also in the running to win an entry to drive in the “GRAND PRIX SHOOTOUT” which would see the most successful Formula Ford driver in Australia’s history given the chance to compete on the world stage!

Nick having already worked with the likes of Rob Wilson previously, would certainly be a worthy winner, so give him the boost he needs by logging into his driver data base profile, and register your email now!

votes close at the end of September, so get racing….

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