Jordan Outstanding On Debut Young 16 year old New Zealand driver Nic Jordan, driving the AMS Group Team BRM Dallara 398 Spiess, had an outstanding debut at the very technical Oran Park circuit west of Sydney. "Jordan came over to Australia a...
Jordan Outstanding On Debut
Young 16 year old New Zealand driver Nic Jordan, driving the AMS Group Team BRM Dallara 398 Spiess, had an outstanding debut at the very technical Oran Park circuit west of Sydney.
"Jordan came over to Australia a week ago to test at the track and spent the following week working with his team personnel at the U-Drive Formula Ford racing school. This was a great opportunity for Nic to experience life in Aussie and to work with the team" said Nic's Engineer Craig Rundle.
Official practises saw Nic getting off to a controversial start to the meeting when most of his race gear was declared illegal by the CAMS scrutineers, this was despite Jordan having used the same gear in NZ for several years.
Team owner Bronte Rundle expressed surprise at the apparent poor scrutineering of apparel by NZ motor sport officials.. "Safety is paramount for any driver and we were concerned that Nic's gear had not been looked at in NZ ." said Rundle. A race suit and other gear was obtained and the diminutive and quietly spoken Kiwi was out on the track. His times immediately tumbled to below test day times which was a good sign for the rest of the weekend said engineer Craig Rundle.
Saturday Qualifying 1 with new tyres fitted soon had Nic's times tumbling toward those of the Championship teams. A lap of 1.6.7 was good enough for pole in the trophy race and 8th outright.
Qualifying 2 once again had Jordan comfortably leading the Trophy class field although times were not as quick as the morning session. Late in the session the notorious Flip Flop corner caught Nic out and he spun to the kitty litter.
2 pole positions was a great way to start his season. Nic then learned the teams rule " you get it dirty you clean it"
The car's data was assessed by our Data assessor Andrew South, then Craig and Nic combined to review this to look at strengths and weaknesses. " It is a lot different to my Formula First" said Nic. " my driving style will need to change more to adapt to the higher corner speeds and the amount of grip the F3 generates. Craig thankfully has driven F3 cars in particular my car and is able to compare his data to mine. This will help me adapt a lot quicker. I am sure it is unique in the world to have your engineer actually also having driven and worked in your car" said Jordan.
Jordan got an excellent start and drove a very sensible race with the direction of his engineer who had introduced Nic to the use of two-way radio for the first time in a racecar.
The race was unfortunately finished under the safety car due to an on track incident.
Nevertheless Nic showed the rest of the competitors in his class that he will be a force to be reckoned with this year.
Race Two was a torrid affair with the front championship contenders drawing a large "crash and bash fest" at lap one which as Nic said on the two way radio he arrived at turn 2 and all he could see was bits of racing car going everywhere
He managed to avoid the carnage and drove a steady race to win his class but also to finish 5th outright.
A phenomenal effort according to team owner Bronte Rundle.
"I am on record as saying this young man must get corporate backing from New Zealand as he is an undeniable talent and has a great future in motor sport. He has fitted into the team well and drove the Oran Park circuit for his first time with great maturity. He still has a lot to learn but the undeniable raw talent is there", said Craig Rundle.
The next round is at Sandown Park, Victoria on the 14th, 15th and 16th of May.