FF: Asher Johnston Clipsal Saturday notes

Pace quickens for Johnson in Formula Ford Debut. South Australian Formula Ford competitor Asher Johnston continued his aim of continuous improvement in this weekend's Ford Racing Australian Formula ford Championship on the Streets of Adelaide,...

Pace quickens for Johnson in Formula Ford Debut.

South Australian Formula Ford competitor Asher Johnston continued his aim of continuous improvement in this weekend's Ford Racing Australian Formula ford Championship on the Streets of Adelaide, despite the fact he lost positions compared to his strong race result in yesterday's opening encounter.

Johnston finished 20th overall today, after suffering a poor start that dropped the 18-year-old Glenelg-based youngster down to the rear of the field. A strong drive back through the pack saw Johnston, driving the Knowledge Plus sponsored -- G Force Mygale 97, carve through the field in a determined drive.

What was even more impressive was Johnston's best lap in the race -- a full half second faster than his best lap before, meaning that Johnston has taken over 1.5 seconds off his best lap in the two races to date -- proving that building experience is the key in the tough category.

Johnston - whilst disappointed that he lost positions when compared to his Friday race -- said that he was happy with his overall pace that he was able to display as he came through the field.

"Each time I go out in the car I'm finding more time in myself and the car," he said. "The car is an absolute rocket for the first couple of laps, which helped me make up time after my poor start."

Johnston said that inexperience in the car was the cause of his slow getaway.

"I haven't done many starts in a Formula Ford car so it really all comes down to experience. As I pulled up after the warm up lap I couldn't get the car engaged in first gear, so I ended up starting the race in third gear, which is never a good thing!" he explained.

"Once again I managed to be the First South Australian competitor home in the field, but if we can continue our pace during the final race tomorrow morning, we will be looking pretty good to keep moving up the field and improving each and every lap."

Despite being a regular at South Australian race meetings for the last couple of years, this weekend marks the first time that Johnston has taken to the demanding 3.22km Adelaide street circuit -- Which considering the difficult nature of learning both a Formula Ford race car and the track for the first time make his performances a highly promising sign for the future.

He said that driving on the Adelaide streets was a fantastic experience.

"This event is such a fantastic thing to come and visit as a spectator, but to be here as a competitor and to actually get on the track in one of these cars is an exciting thing -- I'm loving every moment of it!."

Tomorrow's final race for the Formula Ford's will be held at 9:05am.

-www.asherjohnston.com.au

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