First win for Mouzouris at wet Winton

17-year old Angelo Mouzouris has scored his maiden Australian Formula Ford Championship race win in Race 1 at the Winton Supersprint.

Starting second, the Victorian teenager driving for Sonic Motor Racing Services got the lead off the start after pole-sitter Callum Hedge crept forward before the lights went out and fell back to third before the first corner. The New Zealander was penalised five seconds for the jump start and was relegated back to seventh after crossing the line in second.

Series leader Tom Sargent recovered strongly from his struggles in Qualifying to charge from 11th to second.

Formula Ford rookie Jay Hanson scored his first top three result in third, while Liam McLellan impressed in his charge from the back of the grid to fourth, while Victorian state series racer Ben D’Alia also starred inside the top five on his return to national level.

Mouzouris built a three-second gap over Hedge before the safety car was called with one lap remaining to retrieve Zac Soutar and Jake Donaldson after they touched at Turn 9. After a full stewards hearing, Soutar was penalised five championship points which have been wholly suspended until the end of the 2019 season.

An investigation was also made into Callum Hedge’s safety car restart procedure, though no breach was found.

Courtney Prince was handed a five second penalty for a dangerous reentry at Turn 10 on Lap 3.