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Joey Mawson
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The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

As far as daunting corners in Australian motor racing go, Turn 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park is right up there. In anything with a bit of downforce it’s flat on entry, followed by a little lift to make sure the front end is going where you want it to and the back end is behaving itself. Then it’s straight back on the gas. Go too slow and you’ll be swallowed up into the braking zone for left-hand hairpin at Turn 2. Go too fast and run wide, well, you’re in for a wild ride.

In other words, it’s one of the very last places in the country that you want something to go wrong. So you can imagine how Joey Mawson’s heart rate was looking when his car unexpectedly pitched into a tank-slapper right at the apex of that very corner on the first lap of the recent S5000 finale.

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