Venter calling on experience for Mountain success
The return of the Australian Formula Ford Championship to Mount Panorama will bring about the second visit for the year to the World famous venue for Jonathan Venter, and he is calling on this experience in order to achieve success in his return to the National series.
Sydney’s Venter will also be the youngest driver in the 17 car field, as the now commonly used Duratec engine makes its debut at Bathurst. The weekend brings with it not only the excitement of the 1000km race for the V8 Supercars, but a landmark in the history of the great race.
“Having the opportunity to race not only at Bathurst but at the Bathurst 1000 on its 50th anniversary is a great privilege. I am certainly looking forward to it and it will probably be one of the most exciting but hardest races of the year,” said Venter.
Formula Ford did make an appearance at Bathurst in February as part of the 12 Hour event, despite it being in the older model Kent engine cars, the experience around the 6.2km circuit will prove crucial for Jonathan in the heat of the battle.
“Having already had experience around the Bathurst circuit in the beginning of the year, I believe that we should be up to speed quickly by the time qualifying comes around,” Venter said.
Weather is always a key at Bathurst, and history has proven that it can change rapidly in the space of one session, yet another tactical element the 16 year old is taking into account.
“I am hoping for clear weather as rain would making racing around the mountain that much harder, “Not being part of the national series means that there is no pressure on me going into the round and therefore I can concentrate solely on my racing with the focus of have nothing to lose, Venter stated.
It is a busy time of year for Jonathan with the weekend following Bathurst being the final round of the Victorian State Formula Ford Championship at Phillip Island of which he currently holds a firm lead.
Round 7 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship will take place on October 4-7 at Mount Panorama, NSW as part of the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.