Some things are worth the wait
For Anglo Motorsport junior driver, Jono Venter, what seemed at first to be an average day, has turned into yet another podium for the 15 year old at Sandown International Raceway for Round 2 of the 2011 Victorian Formula Ford Championship.
In a qualifying session that was marred with red flag conditions, it saw Jono amongst many others, only managing two laps, with the times completely off what was expected. After a common sense decision by officials to allow the Formula Ford’s another attempt at putting in a good time over 10 minutes, Venter managed to score 6th in the shortened session. Jono said following the session, “in the 2nd qualifying where again there were only 2 flying laps the remainder was under red flag in the pit lane, so the grid positions were going to be a lucky dip for who got in a decent lap.”
More chaos was ahead in race 1 in the afternoon at Sandown, “I got a great start and gained 3 spots into the first corner which put me into third, shortly after that having a safety car deployed again. After the restart Elliot (Barbour), Matthew (Brabham) and I went three wide into the first corner which made for an interesting game of chicken,” said Venter, with Brabham leading from Elliot Barbour and Venter himself in third.
With light rain falling toward the end of the race, Jono applied the upmost pressure to Elliot Barbour, causing him to spin and lose 2nd spot at turn 1, progressing Venter up behind the Sonic Racing entry of Brabham. Yet more issues floundered in the final stages of the race, causing it to finish under Safety Car, with Jono Venter eventually claiming 2nd.
“I thought my overall performance today was really good and I learnt the track really quickly. I am certainly looking forward to the racing tomorrow and my goals are set to give Brabham a hard race to the end,” said Venter, with races 2 and 3 taking place tomorrow.