JOHNSTON BACK TO OLD FORMULA VEE WINNING WAYS WITH BRITISH GAC CHASSIS
By: RICHARD CRAILL - RACE TORQUE MEDIA
|Photo: Asher Johnston in action on
the famous Mount Panorama, Bathurst circuit in February.|
HE MAY have been out of Formula Vee Racing for a few seasons,
but it hasn't taken long for Asher Johnston to return
to his winning ways - and this time it's with a new chassis.
21-year-old Johnston, from Glenelg, made the Australian
debut of the British designed GAC chassis at Mount Panorama
Bathurst, and backed up its debut with a clean sweep of
race wins in the opening round of the South Australian
State Formula Vee Championship last weekend at Mallala.
The results also came at the right time for the AJR team,
as visitors from the GAC factory in England made a visit
to Australia to see the team in action at both events.
Bathurst was - literally - an uphill struggle for the
team with limited track time and an engine that didn't
quite have the grunt required to contend with a massive
grid of over 55 cars. Though running competitively inside
the top 20, Johnston's focus was on developing the car
- and learning the challenging 6.213km circuit.
Despite limited track time, Johnston got faster and faster
as the weekend progressed and made headway with car development.
|Photo: Johnston worked on setup and development at Bathurst and came away confident that the new car will be competitive in the near future.|
At Mallala, with consistent improvements to the car,
Johnston qualified on pole position by nearly a full second
ahead of a 20-car SA field, and went on to win all three
races and take the lead in the SA Championship in the
Johnston said that whilst there was more time to come,
the debut of the GAC Chassis has been a promising one.
"We didn't have a great run at Bathurst, results wise,"
Asher said. "But I'm happy with the progress we made with
car setup. The game has lifted in Formula Vee Racing in
3 years - and it's not going to be easy, but that's a
"Mallala turned out to be a great weekend for us, however.
We got a lot of out of testing the car on the Friday before,
and it was a big help with Alan and Graham, from GAC,
there to help us out. Lap times aren't where I'd like
at the moment but there isn't much time to find."
"We have a direction to follow with car setup and engine
development following our runs at Bathurst and Mallala
and we're confident that once we have that sorted we'll
find the time we need."
The next round of the National Formula Vee titles will
be held at Winton Raceway in Victoria, with the Shannons
Nationals, in June - and Johnston is relishing the opportunity
to get back amongst the best Formula Vee racers from around
"We need to put our heads down to beat guys like Ben
Porter - but with time I know that we will get there."
"These cars are great fun to drive and it's good to be
back in the seat and racing something again!"
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