FF: Asher Johnston Clipsal Friday notes

Strong debut drive from Johnston in 2005 Formula Ford Kickoff. Finishing higher than you start is often a priority for many drivers running in the mid pack of a competitive racing field -- often leading to "a rush of blood to the head" from...

Strong debut drive from Johnston in 2005 Formula Ford Kickoff.

Finishing higher than you start is often a priority for many drivers running in the mid pack of a competitive racing field -- often leading to "a rush of blood to the head" from drivers and the ensuring carnage that is sure to result.

18-year-old South Australian Asher Johnston, however, successfully managed to complete his opening Formula Ford race today in one piece and make up four positions from his starting position in the process -- surely a notable achievement in his first ever race in the competitive open wheel category.

Johnston, competing in a one-off drive with the G-Force racing Mygale outfit, started his day well by qualifying inside the top 20 and improving on his prior best time by a considerable margin. His time of 1m32.7349s placed him 19th and ahead of many other competitive runners in later model cars.

The strong qualifying result poised Johnston to face the midfield battle in the Formula Ford field in the afternoon's first Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship 8-lap encounter.

Johnston started well and settled into a rhythm quickly, coming to terms with racing a Formula Ford on the bumpy 3.22km Adelaide street circuit. He avoided the ensuring mid race carnage and took advantage of the non finishers, climbing two positions by the time the race was called on lap 7 (the race was held under safety car for a number of laps due to a number of separate incidents.).

Even more impressive was Johnston's race lap -- it was more than half a second quicker than his qualifying time.

"We really went out there to get the laps under our belt and make sure we kept out of trouble to finish the race," said Johnston.

"The fact that we came home first of the South Australian's was an added bonus -- We will make that our aim for the rest of the weekend."

Johnston said that he was confident that he could continue his forward progress in the remaining two races on both Saturday and Sunday morning.

"We will make sure we go out there and get to the finish in all of the races. If we can keep improving and keep getting faster we will hopefully move up the order in the next two races."

Race two of the opening round of the Ford Racing Formula Ford Championship will be held at 9:05 am Saturday morning.

-www.asherjohnston.com.au.

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