A mixed end for Venter to a chaotic weekend for all
Following a strong start to Round 2 of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship for Jono Venter, some unfortunate conditions occurring across the final day saw a mixed end to the weekend for the 15 year old; however a top 10 result was still to come as the round concluded.
Race 2 for the weekend, and few could predict the events that would subsequently follow. Yet another strong start off the line for Jono Venter meant he grabbed the lead, but a fast chasing Matthew Brabham managed to get past under brakes entering turn 1. Following an incident that brought about another Safety Car, and a 1 lap dash to complete the race, unfortunately for Venter after a three wide entry into turn 1 on the restart and engaging in a battle with Matthew Brabham and Sam Power (Synergy Motorsport) seeing him run wide and lose some positions, saw him complete the race in 11th. Venter highlighted after, “It was unfortunate what happened, but it was a racing mistake, and I have learnt from it.”
For the final event of the weekend, first lap problems eventuated with Tom Grech rolling causing a red flag, with the race reduced to 5 laps from the original 10. Championship leader Brabham struggled with a problem off the line on the restart; with all cars avoiding him, including Jono Venter who made it to 8th by turn 1. Following this, a further incident caused another safety car, putting Jono at odds to achieve a podium result, instead accepting 6th, which would also be his round result.
Venter said following the weekend, “It was disappointing with the amount of ‘racing’ laps we had across the weekend, all in all though, we were relatively happy with the overall result,” also adding, “I’d like to thank greatly, Tim Beale from Anglo Motorsport for the precision in the car setup in every session, in both the wet and the dry.”