Formula BMW

//FORMULA BMW TEST

MERITUS GP, MALAYSIA

 

//29th – 30th October

Spending two days strapped into a Formula BMW, tearing around the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia wasn’t an opportunity that I had expected for 2014. No need to pinch myself though… This was a REALITY!

My jaw dropped when I saw the car I would be driving for the first time in person. I was so excited to get a feel for the car and a taste of the downforce created by the wings, not to mention the speed, 0-100 in under 4 seconds and top speeds of 230km/h.

Thanks to Racecentre in Darling Harbour I could hit the ground running by getting in tune with the track using one of their simulators. The 5.4km Sepang F1 Circuit has huge straights, awesome high speed sections and some tough blind corners. Throw in 98% humidity and 50C in the cockpit and it makes for a real challenge!

Day 1. The car was brilliant to drive and felt like home even if she was snug! My times tumbled as I pushed harder and I improved every session. The rain came down in the afternoon to mix things up a little. My early swap to slicks made it tough to keep it on the slippery track, but the pace was good and the experience was going to make it easier in the dry!

Day 2. With the drivers who’ve been competing in the Asia Cup Series all year now on the circuit with me I could really gauge my performance. What better way to start the day than with a new PERSONAL BEST and not that far off the pace of the series front runners! The temperature during the second session skyrocketed, causing the performance of the cars to drop. The front runners even with newer tyres had dropped off their session 1 pace more than I had – we were separated by less than a second! After only one day’s experience, being this close to race winners was BRILLIANT and really impressed the team!!

Session 3 had to be called off due to a huge downpour, an inch deep river was flowing between our feet as I analysed data on the laptop with my engineer! It eased off a little by session 4 and I headed out – again impressing the team with my times in the wet which weren’t far off the guys who’ve being running all year.

It was incredible working with everyone in the Meritus GP Team, the experience taught me a great deal and will be a real asset for 2015. I've been asked to come back and race in the Asia Cup Series and it’s an option I’m now considering.

Thank you so much to my girlfriend for coming to Malaysia to support me trackside, my family for helping to make this possible and everyone who wished me success for the experience.

Stay tuned for the Gallery

Formula BMW Test

//MERITUS GP

FORMULA BMW TEST

//19th October

The word ECSTATIC doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling! 

I've accepted an invite from Peter Thompson at MERITUS GP for a FORMULA BMW test!!

This is an amazing opportunity especially as I've never driven a racecar with "wings and slicks" which will be an exciting new challenge to take on.

I'll be hitting the SEPANG F1 CIRCUIT for two full days of testing on the 28th & 29th October. This test is in the lead up to the final round of the Asia Cup Series for 2014, so I'll be up against drivers with a seasons worth of experience - a fantastic way to gauge my performance!

 

 

 

Round 6, 2014

//ROUND 6 

NSW CHAMPIONSHIP

WAKEFIELD PARK

 

//19th-21st September

Things just got better and better in the final round of the NSW Formula Ford Championship!!

Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway gave us three sunny days for the first time this year.

I worked incredibly hard outside of the cockpit leading up to this round to ensure I could keep getting quicker. Friday practice proved that it worked and set more personal best times – by HALF A SECOND!!! There wasn’t much separating me from my team mate now, after starting the year about a second and a half off his pace.

Qualifying.  Second place by a whisker!! 0.0637 seconds separated me from Pole. Another one-two start for the Anglo Australian Motorsport Team. 

Race One. Sixteen laps. Second place. With my extra pace I was able to keep with the leader and we pulled a gap of more than a quarter of a lap to the guys behind.

Race Two. Fourteen Laps. We went into the race knowing where I could find more gains. The aim was to get that qualifying pace back! I was right on the back of first at the beginning and we once again quickly built a gap to the guys behind. I found the pace I had in qualifying as did my team mate and we were a second a lap quicker than the rest of the field. There was less than a tenth of a second separating our best laps. I crossed the line the closest to first I ever have.

Race Three. Fifteen laps. I got into the car one last time, determined to finish the year with a bang. We’d come a very long way from my first session in the car back in March and headed out of the pits with only one goal. The launch at the start was great and we were side by side heading into Turn 1. There were moments where my nosecone was only inches from the gearbox of the leader, always looking for an opportunity to make that crucial pass. The safety car caused a brief hold and a stop to any overtaking. As we approached the hairpin leading onto the main straight I pulled to the inside, broke late and made the pass. I was LEADING for the first time. It may have been short lived but it was an awesome feeling to be running at the front of the pack. During our battle I managed to set the FASTEST LAP OF THE RACE and walk away incredibly proud of a job well done.

The Anglo Australian Motorsport Team helped me find even more pace this weekend and we were in the hunt for race wins!! It was a wonderful feeling popping the champagne back in the garage with the whole team and celebrating what has been a BRILLIANT YEAR!!

Thank you to my girl for your never ending support and always being at the track by my side, my brother as well as Micheal, Steven and Jax for making the drive down to watch the racing and our family and friends who have shown me so much support!

Stay tuned for some exciting things in the near future!

The Gallery will be coming soon.

Fundraising BBQ

//FUNDRAISING

BBQ

//13th September

The help of some great local companies allowed us to run fundraising bbq in my home suburb - Ermington. This was to help ensure I could compete in the final round of the NSW Formula Ford Championship.

M and A Butchery and The Bakery at Ermington got behind me and really helped out with some awesome food which meant plenty of customers coming back for a second serve! Ermington Woolworths allowed the event to take place at their store and provided all the BBQ equipment.

It wouldn't have been possible without lots of help on the day and during the lead up from my girlfriend, family and friends - THANK YOU to everyone that made it so successful!!

Unity Walk and Run

//UNITY  WALK AND RUN

PARKINSON’S NSW

 

//31st August
 

What a day! It was a wonderful sight, Sydney Olympic Park filled with thousands of people showing their support for Parkinson’s NSW!

The highest individual fundraiser for the Unity Walk and Run would be winning the prize I donated – 10 heart pounding laps in a Formula Ford. I’m so excited to see the look on the winners face when they hop out of the driver’s seat. It’s impossible not to have fun when you’re behind the wheel of a race car.

We had my Spirit Racing Car on display at the Start/Finish line and in generated plenty of interest. It was a huge hit to so many, especially the kids who had never seen one in real life. There were no barriers which meant everybody could get up close and personal and it was incredible to light up so many faces.

Thank you to everyone that made a donation to have their photo taken with the car and to everyone that followed my links and helped support such a fantastic cause. The 2014 Unity Walk and Run raised $109,577.34 for Parkinson’s NSW which will help people living with Parkinson’s Disease as well as family and carers.

Check out the photos from the day here.

 

 

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