D'Agostino's double pole-positions melt away with the weather North Yorkshire, England -- Brackley-based American Joe D'Agostino hadanother strong weekend in the 5th and 6th rounds of the UK FormulaFord Championship this past weekend at the...
D'Agostino's double pole-positions melt away with the weather
North Yorkshire, England -- Brackley-based American Joe D'Agostino hadanother strong weekend in the 5th and 6th rounds of the UK FormulaFord Championship this past weekend at the Croft circuit in NorthYorkshire.
After a brilliant dry qualifying session the rapid American netted aset of Pole-positions for both of the weekend's races. D'Agostino wason target to repeat his performance from Oulton Park in which hedominated, winning both races.
As the competitors all lined up in the assembly area a series of darkclouds loomed closer and closer. Just as things were to get under wayfor Race 1 golf-ball sized hail, yes hail instead of rain, began tofall heavily blanketing the entire area with a sheet of ice and snow.After a lengthy delay things got under way in extremely wet anddifficult circumstances. Having done very little testing this year itwas the first time D'Agostino had a chance to drive theMockett.com-Team JLR 2005 Van Diemen in wet conditions. D'Agostinolost out on the start to championship rival Donnelly into the firstcorner but immediately applied pressure on his rival. Unluckily forthe American a soft brake pedal meant running wide in the fast "SunnyIn" corner dropping down to 7th position. After staging a valiantfight back D'Agostino eventually crossed the line in 3rd placecollecting valuable points towards the championship.
Onto Race 2 and things still were soaking wet from persistent passingshowers. After struggling for rear grip in the first race D'Agostinoand Team JLR made several adjustments, hoping to learn about the needsof the new 2005 Van Diemen in wet conditions. After a good startD'Agostino instantly looked to be in better shape and was holding offCharlie Donnelly for 4 laps when the Mygale simply had more traction,easily driving alongside and passing D'Agostino for the lead into thesecond chicane. D'Agostino pushed hard to stay up but kept loosingtime on the exit of each slow corner, eventually coming home in 2ndplace.
D'Agostino commented on the weekend, "What a tough weekend! It wasreally unlucky for us that the conditions favored the Mygale chassis.We certainly had the pace in the dry but struggled here in the wet. Iknow we got the best out of our package this weekend but ultimately itwasn't quick enough. We will go back and work hard to develop the 2005Van Diemen for these type of low grip conditions. I'm pleased we stillhad a strong weekend and am looking forward to Knockhill in a fewweeks!"
D'Agostino is now 2nd in the Championship with the 7th and 8th Roundsof the UK Formula Ford Championship off to Knockhill in Scotland onthe 21st-22nd May.
D'Agostino would like to thank Team JLR and all of his sponsors: AraiHelmets, Doug Mockett & Co., Sutton Images, Sparco USA, and all of hispersonal sponsors.