Shane shows the Wright Stuff in First Phillip Island showing. Team BRM Formula Ford - Victorian State Racing Series - Phillip Island - Team BRMs Rookie Formula Ford pilot Shane Wright proved last weekend that he has the 'Wight Stuff' to ...
Shane shows the Wright Stuff in First Phillip Island showing.
Team BRM Formula Ford - Victorian State Racing Series - Phillip Island -
Team BRMs Rookie Formula Ford pilot Shane Wright proved last weekend that he has the 'Wight Stuff' to succeed in top level motorsport, showing clear indications of his potential pace and race craft in what turned out to be a challenging weekend for both team and driver at the recent Victorian State Series round at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
In only his second race meeting in a car, Wright -- a former National Superkarting Champion -- was faced with not only adapting to a Formula Ford at the high speed 4.4km layout, but also the notorious Phillip Island weather that once again provided a variety of tricky conditions for the highly competitive 29 car Formula Ford field.
Qualifying was the first test for the team's Swift Formula Ford, tricky wet conditions greeting the field as they set out for the solitary 15-minute session early Saturday morning. Unfortunately, a river of water across the track at the final corner caught the Adelaidian out after completing just one lap, Shane's session ending in the sand trap.
Forced to start from 25th position for the weekend's first race -- set to be run over six laps -- Wright made impressive progress forward through the field, taking five positions on the first lap and a further seven over the next three. A safety car called out on the fourth lap stopped the charge, Shane eventually finishing the race 13th.
"I thought a top ten was on in that one," he commented afterwards. "We were making some really good progress forward and it was a shame the safety car came out. The car and team have been fantastic, and we should be able to get right into the top ten in the second race."
And that he did, charging into 9th place in Sunday morning's opening race. That position could have been higher, if not for yet another safety car period in the middle of the five-lap heat that once again slowed his forward progress.
The saying "All good things must come to an end" could have been apt for the meeting's third race, a frustrating misfire slowing the car off the line and hindering its progress throughout the extended 10 lap race. However - despite finishing an unhappy 18th and enduring a spin at turn one - Wright said that he was buoyed by his performance shown over the weekend.
"I think, overall, it has been a fantastic weekend. I learnt so much about driving and setting up these cars that you wouldn't believe," he said. "It was disappointing not to be able to continue to fight our way through the field in the final race because I think we had the pace to race with the guys in the top five or six.
"I'm really happy with the car speed we showed this weekend -- I think that given a good weekend we should at least be able to run with the top five or six in the Vic Series field, which for my first year will be pretty good!" he enthused.
2005 marks the first year that team BRM has expanded to the ranks of Formula Ford Racing, complimenting their existing Formula 3 program with a one car operation running at selected South Australian and Victorian State Series rounds -- as well as selected National Series Formula Ford Event.