Venter on a learning exercise at Phillip Island
As Round 6 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship began today at Phillip Island, 15 year old Jonathan Venter hit the Phillip Island track for his first time in the National race as part of the World’s Premier Junior Development category.
Practice 1 kicked off in cool conditions, Jonathan had to soon become acclimatised to the pressure of National competition, in addition, being the youngest driver in the field. After completing a total of 10 laps throughout the 20 minute session, Jono managed a best time of 1:39.940, placing him in 16th and just over a second off the quickest time. Venter stated following practice, “we were happy to get out there and get some track time, and with a few slight tweaks with setup our times should improve heading into practice 2.”
With it being a long day for the Formula Ford’s at Phillip Island, Jono had to remain composed as he headed out for practice 2. Yet another solid 20 minutes behind the wheel of the Anglo Motorsport prepared Mygale saw Venter claim a lap time of 1:39.913, remaining in 16th overall. Jono added, “after the changes to setup that we made, I felt there was a clear improvement and it prepared us well for qualifying.”
Jonathan was faced with just 20 minutes for his debut qualifying session. At first, Venter worked to become accustomed to the track conditions, and as the session continued, consistency became the format for the Beecroft student to work from. By lap 7, Jono had lapped his quickest time of the session with a 1:39.929, placing him in 18th. “We know the pace is in the car, now it’s a matter of finding the absolute best setup for the conditions and capitalising on that pace to move through the field,” Venter concluded.