Christchurch’s James Penrose, 24, has proved that consistency is key to winning the ITM NZ Formula Ford Championship. At the halfway point of the 2019/20 Championship, he holds a constantly extending points lead over his rivals.
Last time out it was Billy Frazer who was the benchmark. Frazer won the first two races of the weekend before being forced to start from the pit-lane in the third race which hampered his efforts. This handed the perfect opportunity to Penrose who capitalised to win the final race of the weekend.
Also showing good signs of speed was Taranaki teen Thomas Boniface and Hawkes Bay boy Zac Stichbury. Both finished on the podium twice and took turns at leading races across the weekend.
Fresh from the series solo South Island round, the teams have been under pressure to ensure the cars are prepared after the over 1,500km journey from Invercargill to Hampton Downs. This weekend is round four of six of the revamped championship.
This will be the first time the championship has visited the Waikato circuit in some time so expect to see mistakes from the drivers as they push the limits while learning the track.
The ITM NZ Formula Ford Championship is derived from the traditional Formula Ford concept which has seen some of the world’s and New Zealand’s best drivers prove their ability in its over 50-year history.
The cars comprise a space frame chassis built to a strict set of regulations powered by a 1600cc Ford Kent engine coupled to a four-speed Hewland gearbox. Connecting the chassis to the tarmac are two-way adjustable shock absorbers on each corner along with an Avon control tyre.