AG finishes the year with a bang! But not quite the bang he was looking for. Full of confidence entering the final round of the Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship 18-year-old Adam Graham had an up and down weekend at Sandown ...
AG finishes the year with a bang! But not quite the bang he was looking for.
Full of confidence entering the final round of the Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship 18-year-old Adam Graham had an up and down weekend at Sandown International Raceway in Victoria last weekend.
After top 10 finishes at the previous two rounds of the Championship AG came into the weekend hopeful of big things but his qualifying effort was far from his best effort of the season in 23rd position.
However all was not lost for the Ford KartStars graduate as he still had an award he hadn't captured this year, the Revolution Racegear hard Charger Award. Continuing to improve in his first time at the historic Sandown circuit AG charged through the pack to pass 11 cars and cross the line in 12th.
"I was disappointed with my effort in qualifying and really had to go out and prove that I have what it takes to be inside the top 10. Throughout the race I simply put my head down and charged picking cars off one at a time," commented AG after the opening 10-lap stanza.
The second event AG was battling with a quartet of cars for the spots from 8th to 12th on the racetrack. After making a huge passing manuvere on the outside of 2 cars at the end of the back straight to snare 7th place AG ran onto the slippery and slightly wet part of the racetrack. Just as he seemed to save the Super Cheap Auto Spectrum from a spin his left hand side tyres caught the wet grass and sent him spinning into the tyre barriers.
After being treated trackside he was taken to Dandenong Hospital for observation. He was released shortly after with general soreness but needless to say it wasn't the way he would have liked to have finished his rookie year in the Ford Racing Australian Formula Ford Championship.
"I thought I had caught it up, the wet track just caught me out. It was a big move but one I didn't have to think twice about when an opportunity to pass opens up I am always one to take it," said AG. "The year has been a tough year but one I feel I have made some good progress and look forward to a bigger and better year in 2004."
"The Borland team have been great this year as has the support from Ford through the KartStars Series, Super Cheap Auto, Arrow Karts, MIR and all of my other sponsors and supporters who have helped me through the year."
Super Cheap Auto AG Racing pass their congratulations to the 2003 Ford Racing Formula Ford Championship, Neil McFadyen.