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Super Saturday for Formula Ford at Sydney Motorsport Park



Kobi Williams has converted his first Australian Formula Ford Series pole into his first national series win in Race 1 in spectacular fashion at Syndey Motorsport Park for Round 3 of the 2024 Australian Formula Ford Series. A combined field of Australian Formula Ford Series and NSW Formula Ford Championship racers enjoyed 18 minutes of green flag racing, complete with fierce battles and a down-to-the-wire finish.


Joining Williams (#94 Borland Racing Spectrum 012b) on the podium for Race 1 were Edison Beswick (#30 Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 014) and Liam Loiacono (#3 Heli Material Handling/BF Racing Mygale SJ11), who did not make it easy for the pole sitter to convert the win at the Western Syndey venue.


“It’s awesome. It’s great to be off to a good start to the weekend, and hopefully, we can keep the momentum going for the weekend,” Williams said.


“I’m a lot more comfortable with the car this year. I put all my learning from last year into this year and am pushing to bring the best results.


“We might have a look over a bit of data tonight to see if there is anything we can do with the car, but I think we’ll just do a basic prep and keep the momentum for tomorrow.”   


Williams capitalised on his starting position with a flying start and led the field as they came around to start lap two. By this time, Loiacono, who started in 10th place, had made up eight spots and was already applying pressure on the race leader. Williams fended off the attacking Queenslander before a successful pass on lap six saw Loiacono assume control of the race. 


“I got an awesome start and just sent it on a few people. I got to a comfortable position and put my head down to get in the lead for a bit, but I missed a gear coming out of the last complex. It is what it is, and we’ll push on for the next race,” Loiacono said.


It wasn’t long before Cody Maynes-Rutty, in the #69 Synergy Motorsport/CMR Motorsport Spectrum 015 entry, was also able to complete a successful pass, squeezing his way into second place. However, only a few moments later, Maynes-Rutty would spin into the grass and go tumbling down the order.


Meanwhile, a fierce battle was brewing for the top three, with Williams, Loiacono, and Edison Beswick (#30 Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 014) jostling for the top spot. Ultimately, it would be Williams who would recapture the lead in the final moments of the race.


Zak Lobko would go on to cross the finish line in fourth in the #7 Lobko Motorsport Mygale SJ11a and Jack Bussey rounded out the top five in the #74 Ag Equip Spectrum 014b.


Daniel Frougas (6th place) and Lachlan Evennett (7th place) also enjoyed highly successful races after both drivers struck trouble during round two at Winton. Frougas was repairing his stricken #27 CHE Racing Team Mygale SJ13A right up until Friday’s practice sessions after a serious accident during the previous round tore the #27 in two. He would go on to set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:35.0487s. Likewise, Evennett was happy to be back behind the #88 BF Racing Mygale SJ2012a wheel after being plagued with mechanical issues at Winton. 


William Lowing (#53 Listec Race Cars Mygale), Lachlan Strickland (#47 CHE Racing Team Mygale), and Harrison Sellars (#13 Altatek Racing Spectrum 015) rounded out the top 10.


Earlier in the day in qualifying, Williams claimed his first pole position and Tyres & More Pole Award in the Australian Formula Ford Series in an incredibly close 15-minute qualifying session Saturday morning. Just one-tenth of a second covered the top three, while three-tenths of a second covered the top five.


Lowing immediately set a representative time of 1.35.4584s, which was quickly surpassed by the eventual pole-getter with a time of 1.34.1867. Lowing (#53 Listec Race Cars Mygale) would go on to qualify in seventh.


“It feels great! The car was hooked up in qualifying and I can’t thank Dad, Adam and Mike Borland enough for the setup tips and keeping the car mechanically good,” Williams said. 


“Our strategy was to go out and do the out lap before another prep lap. Then have a go on the second flying lap where I pushed hard and was able to come away with pole. I was able to position myself well on the track and was able to get a good tow across the whole lap. 


“I’d like to thank ACM Finance. Albert is here today to support me, so it’s great to have him here. And a big thanks to SicLids for all that they do for me.”


There was nothing between the top three qualifiers, with Lobko crossing the line just .0839s behind Williams and Maynes-Rutty next in third.


Rounding out the top five in qualifying were Beswick and Bussey.


Round three of the 2024 Australian Formula Ford Series and NSW State Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park continues tomorrow with two more races. Watch both races live thanks to Blend Line TV, head to www.blendline.tv for more information.





Full race results are below




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