Venter storms home in stellar performance at Albert Park
Jonathan Venter has again proved that youthfulness in Formula Ford can be a true asset as the 16 year old has driven through to 3rd in the final race of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Albert Park, placing him 4th outright for the weekend, a career best National performance. Jonathan was the youngest competitor across all classes at the Australian Grand Prix weekend.
In yet another outstanding start, Venter looked close to a passing manoeuvre entering turn 1, yet discretion became the better part of valour and Jonathan took the mature approach to rather maintain his starting position of 4th in the opening chapter of the 6 lap dash.
“Throughout the race, I made the odd small mistake but I worked hard to make up any lost ground,” an excited Venter added, “it’s a true testament to how well our car setup has been all weekend, and the thorough preparation by the Anglo Motorsport team under the leadership of Tim Beale.”
A late race mistake by Matthew Hart allowed Jonathan to progress to 3rd behind Garry Jacobson and join onto the battle pack that he had fought with right throughout the weekend. “I had an amazing time not only racing so closely against the guys (Le Brocq, Jacobson and Hart) in front of me, but also to be apart of this huge event here at the Formula 1 Grand Prix. It will be something I never forget,” added the Sydney teenager.
With a focus on his Year 11 studies this year, Jonathan will now look ahead to the next Victorian State Championship round at Phillip Island in April, as well as selected National rounds including the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October.
“The opportunity to be apart of the 50th Anniversary of the Bathurst 1000 as a competitor, as well as being part of the return of the National Formula Ford Championship to The Mountain is something I am really looking forward to” Venter concluded.
Round 2 of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship will take place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 21-22 April.