BFF: Croft: Joe D'Agostino race report

D'Agostino and Team JLR hold on to Scholarship Class points lead after a challenging weekend at Croft Croft, England - Joe D'Agostino competed in the 3rd and 4th Rounds of the 2004 UK Formula Ford Championship this past weekend at the Croft...

D'Agostino and Team JLR hold on to Scholarship Class points lead after a challenging weekend at Croft

Croft, England - Joe D'Agostino competed in the 3rd and 4th Rounds of the 2004 UK Formula Ford Championship this past weekend at the Croft circuit.

This was to be a difficult and challenging weekend for D'Agostino as a series of irregular mechanical problems plagued the young American throughout all of the practice and qualifying sessions. D'Agostino went into qualifying knowing he had a race car capable of a top five starting spot, only to be disappointed and having to start near the back of the grid (Race 1 -- 9th Position; Race 2 -- 12th Position) due to a mechanical failure after only completing four laps.

D'Agostino put in his best effort for both races wanting to just collect points towards the championships and would bring it home in 3rd in the Scholarship class for Race 1 and 2nd in the Scholarship class for Race 2 (8th and 10th overall).

"It was a really trying weekend for me as we were plagued with repetitive mechanical problems that were just plain unlucky and uncharacteristic of our team. The problems really made it difficult for me to get comfortable around the track and to be able to make good progress. It especially hurt us in qualifying as I had only done 4 laps before the failure, thus I would have to start near the back of the grid for both races. For the races I could see that I was a bit quicker than the cars around me but the nature of the Croft circuit made it difficult to pass. I still managed to get a few positions and most important is that I finished both races and gained some points towards the championships."

D'Agostino falls slightly from 4th to 6th position in the overall Championship but still leads the Scholarship class championship after the weekend. The 5th and 6th Rounds of the UK Formula Ford Championship will be 15th-16th May held at the Knockhill circuit.

D'Agostino would like to thank Team JLR and all of his sponsors: Arai Helmets, Skip Barber Racing School, Sparco, The Mayes Group, and all of his personal sponsors.

-ja/jlr-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Skip Barber , Joe D'Agostino