Jack Willsher Cup Wrap Up
After having a weekend off racing, the Josh Fort Motorsport team left their Geelong base and headed south-west to Warrnambool for the Jack Willsher Cup. With 39 of Australia’s best Formula 500 racers in attendance Josh would have to be at his best to come away with the win.
As Josh hit the track for his first heat, he would be buried in the field starting out of position ten. By the end of the second lap the V40 machine moved up three spots to position seven until lap five, when due to a setup miscalculation Ryan O’Keefe got past and knocked Josh back to eighth, which is where he would finish.
On paper it may look like a straight forward heat race win in Josh’s second heat but it was not the case. Jumping to the lead from pole position Josh would have to hold the field at bay for the ten lap race, this was made harder on lap two when Brock Hallett moved up to be on his tail tank.
With track conditions making it hard to pass on the outside, Brock was trying everything possible to get passed on the inside, however Josh held it together and crossed the line just 0.171 in front of Brock.
“That was a good win. When I weighed in I was almost 40kgs heavier than Brock and my engine is just a stock 600cc Yamaha R6″.
“Not only that we came home in front of the two Triple X house cars, which is always nice” explained Josh after the win.
For the second meeting in a row Josh lined up for the main event, this time starting from position 8. With the green flag waving in the air, cars were going everywhere and as they went through turns one and two Josh got pushed high and would drop back four spots to twelth.
Once the madness of the first lap had settled down Josh got into a rhythm, running the bottom as there was no drive higher up on the track. With just four laps done of the twenty Josh got hit from behind and the car became unsettled, not wanting to risk further damage he pulled the car infield and watched on.
“I was minding my own business when I got the hit and with the luck I have been having I thought it would be safer to save the car”.
The team were originally hoping to do the highly regarded Formula 500 Speedweek Series, however will now only do selected rounds as they await a new engine which should arrive early in the new year.
Josh Fort Motorsports Sponsors: Pomodoro Bros, Profire Pyrotechnics & Blasting, Lucas Oil, Mototech, Keizer Wheels, Shack Steel Design, Gaugeworks, Modern Stainless, Golden Chain Motels, Aranyosi Designs and Triple X Race Co.
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