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DePasquale grabs back Championship lead at Winton

Winton-360-2013-15Mygale driver Anton De Pasquale has won the fourth round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship, moving to the outright series lead in the process.

The 17-year-old high school student from Werribee in Melbourne won all three races this weekend at Winton Motor Raceway in regional Victoria, regaining the points lead he lost to rival Macauley Jones at the series' most recent hit out in Queensland.


The Shamik Racing / Sonic Motor Racing Services Mygale driver scored a commanding pole position on Saturday and in a comprehensive weekend-long performance, beat Jones home in the first two races of the weekend.


In the third, Safety-car interrupted race, Jones retired whilst running second - allowing DePasquale to complete the sweep and regain the championship lead.


Earlier in the weekend, he took pole by a massive seven-tenths of a second on a drying track during qualifying on Saturday morning, saving his best lap until last to sweep the field in the most dominant single-lap performance of the season.


He now has an 8 point lead over Jones having entered the round 21 behind.


Jones' pair of second-place race finishes in his CAMS Rising Stars/Minda Motorsport Mygale gave him fourth for the round, though his race three DNF was costly given the fact his key championship rival was leading the race at the time – and would go on to win.


Jones' teammate, Liam Sager, also suffered a DNF in race two – ultimately costing him in the round and overall standings as well.


Sager had finished third in race one on Saturday however was sidelined from the second race and had to work from the back of the field to an eventual 6th place finish in race three. He slips behind Sam Power in the overall standings and now sits fourth at the series' half-way point.


Queenslander Jordan Lloyd had an ever improving weekend in his BF Racing Mygale and finished fifth overall – a position he also maintains in the overall series standings. Lloyd only qualified 11th, but charged his way through to seventh in race one, fifth in race two and third in the finale' – a good enough drive to the top to earn him the EWP Hard Charger award for round four.


Female racer Chelsea Angelo had an upa dn down initiation to national-level competition, though perservered through the opening races to end the final race of the weekend in a strong seventh position driving her OzStaff / Evans Motorsport Mygale.


Promoted as the 'Nations Action track', Winton Motor Raceway served up action-packed racing across the trio of Formula Ford races at the weekend, with potential contenders frustrated by challenging weekends.


Stars of the most recent rounds, including Thomas Randle and Luke Marquis, struggled to complete a consistent weekend – Randle only scoring nine points across the weekend and Marquis just the solitary point from 10th in race two.


Wet conditions off line made for easily-bogged cars and as such both races two and three each featured two interventions from the Safety Car.


After a tough weekend at Winton and after three rounds across a six week period, Australian Formula Ford Championship competitors will now enjoy a two-month break until the next round – to be held at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise.


From there the championship will take in racing at Phillip Island before the series makes its debut for the championship finale on the streets of Sydney Olympic Park in December.