TOUGH WEEKEND FOR JONNY REID IN JAPANESE FORMULA 3 Kiwi Jonny Reid has experienced a difficult weekend in the seventh and eighth rounds of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship at Fuji Speedway in Japan. Reid finished fourth and ninth in the...
TOUGH WEEKEND FOR JONNY REID IN JAPANESE FORMULA 3
Kiwi Jonny Reid has experienced a difficult weekend in the seventh and eighth rounds of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship at Fuji Speedway in Japan.
Reid finished fourth and ninth in the two races held on the weekend, and now sits sixth in the championship.
He was frustrated by the lack of outright pace his INGING team cars were able to generate, which will force them to go back to the drawing board prior to the next round.
"I don't know where to start to find the good things that happened on the weekend!" said Reid.
"We tried just about everything with the setups of our car and we just couldn't find a decent grip balance, which put us off the pace all weekend.
"In Race 1 I think I was kind of lucky to finish fourth. The car wasn't competitive enough to win but that made me more determined to push on.
"In the second race I got a clean start and made up a few spots at the first corner but it all came undone at the second corner. I was defending and just lost the rear of the car.
"The spin dropped me back so I had to get moving again and I ended up ninth. We had better pace than the three cars in front of me but once you get up behind the car in front, there's no real chance because you lose too much front end downforce.
'It's highly frustrating but we're just going to have to go and test and try and come up with a solution."
The series will reconvene at the TI Circuit Aida on June 18-19. The venue hosted Formula 1 in 1994 and 1995.
The Japanese Formula 3 Championship was won by Australian James Courtney in 2003 and has been a successful launching pad for future Formula 1 talent.
There are a total of 20 rounds of the series over 10 race weekends and the category runs alongside the well-known Formula Nippon category.