Victorian teenager Chelsea Angelo has taken her maiden victory in Formula Ford with a daring last gasp pass during the third round of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship at Sandown Raceway today.
In a field that included several drivers with National championship experience the 16 year old Evans Motorsport Group ‘Young Gun’ pounced after a late-race safety car and passed Tom Grech with a bold manoeuvre at the second last turn and held on to the lead in the run to the flag.
The win comes in Angelo’s fifth Formula Ford meeting and hot on the heels of her lap record breaking performance at Phillip Island last month.
Starting from position six for the third race of the meeting Angelo ran within the lead pack for the race distance before the appearance of a safety car turned the race into a one lap dash to the flag.
A tight tussle between the top six drivers ensued and Angelo maintained composure to move from fifth to first in the final lap, making a forceful and opportunistic move on Grech to take the victory, the first for a female in Australian Formula Ford competition since Leanne Tander won at Phillip Island in 2000.
The hard work that Angelo has put in over the last 12 months is paying dividends and she credits the work she does with her driver coach, Evans Motorsport Group’s Dunlop Series driver Kristian Lindbom.
“It’s great to finally get a win on the board and I really need to thank the Evans Motorsport Group team and especially Kristian who has been a great help in getting me up to speed,” said a delighted Angelo after the race.
“We had the pace to get a victory at Phillip Island last round so to come away with my first victory here is pretty special.”
“We’ve still got a couple more meetings in the championship so we’ll be working hard to get another win or two on the board by the end of the season.”