Round two of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship proved
to be a challenging outing for the Ford Motorsport team. Having
secured a podium finish at the opening round of the championship
the team were upbeat ahead of this weekend’s event but, despite
having the pace to challenge for victory, teething problems put
an end to the team’s victory chase.
Gary Formato powered his Ford Focus ST to pole position during
Friday’s qualifying session and was ecstatic with the pace of
the car. “Even though we are in the very early stages of
development the car is very quick and we have been able to set
consistently quick times,” said Formato.
Formato got off to a strong start in the first heat but his
progress was interrupted by an oil leak, which brought out the
black flag leaving Formato unable to finish. The second heat
provided more drama with a suspension problem causing Formato to
retire the vehicle.
“It was a very frustrating weekend. The pace was there for all
to see but we still have some teething problems to work through.
Once again we’ll be working round the clock to iron out any
problems with the car ahead of the next round,” concluded the
Round three of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship is
set to take place at the Aldo Scribante race circuit in Port
Elizabeth on the 25 April.
The team would like to thank their sponsors, Ford Motor Company,
Nando's and Stanger Auto for their continued support.