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BATTLE OF THE YOUNG GUNS IGNITES THE BEND 


Published at 9/19/2022

Australian Formula Ford’s ‘battle of the young guns’ continued at The Bend for its penultimate round.

James Piszcyk entered the round ahead of Sonic Motor Racing’s Valentino Astuti, with Cameron McLeod and Winston Smith still in contention.

In cold, wet, and windy conditions Sonic’s Smith put his #2 Mygale SJ10A onto pole on a final lap flyer, with CHE’s Piszcyk sharing the front row.

The number #93 championship leader took the lead on the first turn of race 1, and never looked back, as he looked to stamp his authority on the season.

CHE Racings James Piszcyk takes out race one to extend his lead in the championship

A safety car brought the field back together, but Astuti and Smith settled into the minor podiums with McLeod taking P4.

Race two got underway with difficult 75km winds, as Sonic Racing whipped up its own storm with a one-two finish, as Smith backed his race one podium with a maiden category win with Astuti in P2, and McLeod capturing P3.

Winston Smith takes his maiden Formula Ford victory in Race 2 at The Bend

“Finally got the first win on the board, and it was a good race. I made a move into 1

at the start then got Valentino. Val fought back hard, but got the win and it feels good,” said Smith.

Race 3 proved another epic battle between the two Sonic teammates, with the two jets throwing team orders out the window to throw it down hard at each other.

Astuti got the best of Smith in the the seven lapper, with Quinn notching a deserved podium as the #2 Mygale race winner took the round to sit a race win off Piszcyk a the top of the table.

Valentino Astuti’s race 3 win has put him in close contention for the championship

“The team was awesome. They gave me a great car. I need to thank Sonic for a really good car all weekend. The engineers and mechanics were amazing, and thanks to my sponsors for playing a key role behind the scenes,” said Astuti.

The round seven season finale is at the SMP on October 29-30 with it all to play for, in a competition that has provided the nation with some of its brightest stars.  

Championship Standings

1. James Piszcyk          237

2. Valentino Astuti         226

3. Cameron McLeod    198

4. Winston Smith         193

5. Ryder Quinn            169

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