SONIC BLAST OFF TO SUPER START AT SANDOWN Official release: Sonic Motor Racing Services April 8, 2016 Sonic Motor Racing Services have started 2016 in sensational fashion with round wins in both the GT3 Cup Challenge and Australian Formula Ford Series. Sonic pilots Leanne Tander, Max Vidau, Ryan Simpson and Hamish Hardeman all came...

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Formula Ford hotshots set to warm up Winton

hires-0917-3The Mygale drivers in this year’s Australian Formula Ford Championship will face an added challenge when the title resumes at Winton this weekend, a host of local Victorian stars joining the battle and aiming to make their mark on the Australian motor racing landscape.

Mygale drivers Macauley Jones and Anton DePasquale have been the frontrunners in the three rounds held so far but the title battle is heating up and the injection of the Victorian Series regulars will spice up the racing around the tight and twisty rural circuit.

DePasquale took his Shamick Racing/Sonic Motor Racing Mygale to victory in the opening round at Symmons Plains before Jones started a hot streak that saw him take five victories from six races to open up a 21 point Championship lead.

Jones’ CAMS Rising Stars/Minda Motorsport Mygale teammate Liam Sager was the one to spoil Jones’ party last time out at Queensland Raceway, taking a stunning victory in damp conditions to secure his first win of 2013 and the fast Queenslander sits third in the title race just 19 points back from DePasquale.

Evans Motorsport Group youngster Thomas Randle has also been one of the stars of the early part of the championship. After missing the opening round Randle has taken his Volvparts supported Mygale SJ13a to a number of podium placings and finished third overall at the last round – all this in his first year of circuit racing.

His EMG teammates Liam McAdam and Chelsea Angelo will also front up at Winton. McAdam made a steady debut at Queensland Raceway while Angelo will be competing in her first national series round. The Phillip Island lap record holder has had some promising results in Victorian Formula Ford including a race win at Sandown and is already signed up for EMG’s Dunlop Series program in 2014.

Jordan Lloyd has been one of the big improvers of 2013. After a limited program in 2012 the Toowoomba driver leads the Rookie of the Year standings and is sixth overall, just ahead of Sonic Motor Racing Services’ Luke Marquis, who has also performed well in his first year in the national championship.

Another Victorian series hotshot is 20-year-old Hamish Hardeman. He will suit up in his Mornington Peninsula Breweries Mygale and as one of the frontrunners in the Victorian Series should be towards the front of the field when racing gets underway.

The fourth round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship kicks off at Winton with practice on Friday followed by Qualifying and Race One on Saturday and Races Two and Three on Sunday.

Winton Motor raceway is two hours north of Melbourne along the Hume Highway near the rural centre of Benalla.