Venter charging towards future National success
Jonathan Venter has ended his debut round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship after being crowned with the EWP Hard Charger Award as the World’s Premier Junior Development category wound up its races at Phillip Island today.
The EWP Hard Charger Award is passed on to the driver who makes up the most positions over the weekend from their qualifying position.
“Going into the weekend I knew that it was going to be hard and that aiming for a top 10 position was a big ask, though at the end of the day my main goal was to gain as much experience and learn as much as possible,” the Beecroft teenager stated.
With the final 10 lap sprint ahead of the 15 year old, Venter had to remain confident after his opening encounters yesterday that, to his own admission, were a superb chance to gain yet more experience on the fast flowing Victorian circuit. It was yet another exciting battle between Jono and Tasmanian Callum Mitchell as the two teenagers fought for position and subsequently changed spots across the race. After the tight tussle, Venter eventually claimed 18th following a Safety Car intervention that threw yet more interest into the race.
Jono said following the meeting, “on the start of race 3, I didn’t get the clutch down properly due to changing the travel slightly before the race, this cost me dearly as I lost 3 positions before turn 1,” Venter continued, “after that, it was a tough race which ended rather bad after being held out on turn 1 on the last lap and going off the track.”
Looking back on the weekend, it was definitely a good learning experience and we have taken a lot out of it. But once again it shows us the level of experience and skill needed to run at the front at one of these meetings. I would once again like to thank the entire team at Anglo Motorsport and in particular Tim Beale for their brilliant support across the weekend.” Venter concluded.
Jonathan and his team are now preparing for the final round of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship set to take place at Phillip Island on November 25-27.