Daniel Erickson once again showed his Aussie fighting spirit by putting his race 1 DNF behind him to score third place in Round 23 of the British Formula Ford Championship at Brands Hatch today.

In his first race meeting on the daunting Brands ‘GP’ circuit, the CAMS International Rising Star came within a whisker of grabbing second place from Rogier de Wit, shadowing the Dutch driver by just 0.79 seconds at the chequered flag.

The 12-lap, 44km race was won by American Josef Newgarden, who escaped from his battling pursuers to clean-sweep the meeting’s two BFFC rounds.

Typically, Erickson was more disappointed about not finishing second than bouncing back from his disastrous Round 22.

“It was a tough battle with Rogier,” he said.

“Second place should have been mine, but I just couldn’t get past him.”

After today’s result, Erickson is now only eight points away from being the top-placed British Formula Ford debutant in this year’s championship.

The final two rounds will be at Castle Combe on October 3.