Preview - Round 4 Winton
Round 4 of the 2023 Australian Formula Ford Series heads to Winton in North Eastern Victoria this weekend and joins up with the Shannon’s SpeedSeries.
Round 3 in Tasmania saw two different race winners with both Sonic Racing’s Jake Santalucia and Borland Racing’s Xavier Kokai claiming victories on different days, Jake winning race 1 and 2 on Saturday and Xavier taking race 3 on Sunday. The weekend at Symmons Plains also saw a change in the series leader board with CHE Racing’s Zak Lobko assuming top spot by 3 points from Sonic Racing’s Matt Hillyer. Xavier Kokai and Jake Santalucia remain in contention moving to 3rd and 4th in the 2023 series with 4 rounds to go.
Last year our Australian Formula Ford Series raced at Winton on the Supercars program and put on a fantastic show for the people with 2007 Formula Ford Champion Tim Blanchard taking a clean sweep of the weekend. It was a on
Winton is the traditional testing track for Victorian teams so we are expecting those locals such as Matt Hillyer, Jake Santalucia, Xavier Kokai, Conor Somers, Kibi Williams and Fraser Hie to figure prominently in the top 10, while NSW drivers Zak Lobko, Cody Maynes Rutty, Lachie Mineeff, Daniel Frougas, Eddy Beswick and Imogen Radburn will be looking to prove that a home track makes no difference when close and exciting racing is involved.
Tim Blanchard holds the lap record at Winton set back in May of last year. Tim drove his Mygale SJ2012 around the rural course in a time of 1.24.9348, one of three drivers to break the 1.25.000 barrier last year. And just for interest sakes, seven time Supercar champion and 2002 National Formula Ford Champion Jamie Whincup holds the Formula Ford 1600cc record at Winton in a time of 1.26.2188.
2023 Australian Formula Ford Series leader Zak Lobko says he is looking forward to continuing his consistent form this year “I’d love to build a gap at the top of the standings to try to set myself up for Sandown. We do have a break between the two rounds, so if I can get a bit of a lead after Winton it gives me confidence heading into the back half of the season.”
Session Times @ Winton for Australian Formula Ford Series
Practice 1 – 9.10am (20 Mins)
Practice 2 – 12.15pm (20 Mins)
Qualifying - 15.20 pm (20 mins)
Race 1 – 9.25am (20 Mins, 11 Laps or 1 lap after 9.43am)
Race 2 – 12.30pm (20 Mins, 11 Laps or 1 lap after 12.48pm) Race 2 is Live on Stan
Race 3 – 9.20am (20 Mins, 11 Laps or 1 lap after 9.38am)
18 Cars are set to start Round 4 at Winton. Here's our starting list.