FF: Asher Johnston Clipsal preview

Johnston ready to jostle with Formula Ford field in Adelaide. South Australian Formula Vee racer Asher Johnston has professed himself ready to make the big jump to racing a Formula Ford, as he prepares to make his debut in the category at the ...

Johnston ready to jostle with Formula Ford field in Adelaide.

South Australian Formula Vee racer Asher Johnston has professed himself ready to make the big jump to racing a Formula Ford, as he prepares to make his debut in the category at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide next weekend.

Johnston, 18, completed two successful test days last week with the G-Force Mygale team he will drive for, setting impressive lap times well within a second of seasoned Formula Ford competitors in just his first outing in the car.

The Glenelg based youngster said that he enjoyed the learning experience of his first test sessions in the Formula Ford.

"Driving the Formula Ford was fantastic! I learnt so much and it was much different to what I'm used too. " Said Johnston.

"The day at Calder (raceway) was all about learning the car and doing as many laps as possible. Winton was more of a test day for me to find a set up for the car that I felt comfortable with."

The G-Force Mygale team will head into Adelaide after a successful warm up event at Mallala in February - team driver Dale Wood took out the first round in the ultra competitive Victorian State Circuit Racing Formula Ford series.

Johnston said that the experienced Formula Ford outfit provided an excellent atmosphere in which to learn the art of driving a Formula Ford car.

"The team was really supportive and didn't put me under any pressure." He said. "It was great to have Greg being critical of my driving as well because sometimes you slip into bad habits and it's good to have someone say 'why don't you try this.'"

And with the days to the event counting down, Johnston said that the anticipation was building as he looks forward to competing in the opening round of the 2005 Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship on the famous Adelaide street circuit.

"I can't wait for the first practice session to come!," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of racing the Ford, and G-Force have given me every opportunity to do well. It would have been nice to do another day or two in the car, but I'm happy with where we are at.

"The whole thing wouldn't be possible with out the support of Knowledge Plus, Motor Traders, Duplex IT, Wayne Richards Auto, Pro Paint and Panel, ASI Systems, and everyone else that has helped me out with this opportunity." He said.

The ultra competitive Formula Ford field, which is expected to font with a full 32 car grid, will take to the track for the first time on Thursday the 17th of March, before embarking on three races which make up the opening round of the 2005 Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship.

- www.asherjohnston.com.au

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