Venter recovers for a strong weekend at Winton
After a successful day of testing on Friday, Jonathan Venter has come out all guns blazing in the second Victorian Formula Ford event at Winton Motor Raceway for the year, placing his Anglo Motorsport Mygale on pole for race 1.
It was to be a brief, but effective session for Jonathan in qualifying, as he took to the track conditions well, lapping his quickest and the session’s best time on his 3rd effort around the 3km country Victorian circuit. In a time of 1.26:877, Venter was just .06secs ahead of fellow teenager, Jordan Lloyd. However, immediately following this superb time, the 15 year old unfortunately misjudged the fast paced turn 6, spinning and making contact with the wall. Following the accident, Jonathan was ok and it subsequently encouraged him to push on toward the opening 6 lap encounter.
Jonathan said following qualifying; “I managed to get in a flying lap on lap 3 and on the next lap, still pushing hard, I lost the rear out of turn 6 and into 7 which caused me to spin off the track and park the car in the wall. I only broke a couple of wish bones on the rear right but other than that the car seemed fine.” Venter further added, “back in the pits the team were a bit down, but when we found out that we had managed to put it on pole, it lifted the spirits and work started to get underway on fixing the car.”
Starting from pole position, Sydney teenager Jonathan Venter knew he had it all before him to maintain the strong position, unfortunately Victorian driver Jesse Fenech had an ideal start passing Venter into turn 1, but for Jonathan, continued race pace allowed him to maintain a strong battle with Lloyd. Following the disappointing events from qualifying, this instilled Jonathan with strong levels of confidence.
Despite claiming 3rd on track, post race analysis found that four cars, including Jonathan’s car, was in breach of regulations with regard to ride height, forcing him to be excluded from the results.
“We are really looking forward to just moving on from today, and getting into the longer races tomorrow to make some good results up as the team and I know we have the winning pace,” Venter said.