JFM season to date
For the two Josh Fort Motorsport drivers, Josh Fort and Thomas Davies, it has been a mixed start to the Formula 500 season. Josh has endured the toughest start out of the two, having only finished one event out of the three he has attended. Meanwhile on the other side of the transporter, Thomas has been successful at two of the three meetings he has attended.
At the opening round of the Victorian Stampede Series at the Mid Western Speedway, it looked like both drivers would have strong results. This wasn’t to be the case with Josh suffering race ending damage in the first corner, leaving Thomas to fly the JFM flag, which he did with success. Thomas would finish the feature race not only on the podium, but on the top step in first place.
It was a short turn around for the teams next event, in fact it was the next day, down at Warrnambool’s, Premier Speedway for their opening meeting of the season. It would just be Davies racing at this event, as the damaged suffered by Fort the night before was to extensive to fix. It was another podium result for the Western Australian driver, this time third.
For round two of the Victorian Stampede Series held at Redline Speedway (Ballarat) it would just be Josh Fort racing, as Thomas had previous commitments back in W.A. It would prove to be a difficult night for the Geelong based racer, qualifying 2nd for the B-Main.
“It had been a tough night up until this point, it was tough to get a handle on the track and the gearing in the car was all wrong” explained Josh.
With much thought and consideration the team decided to sit out the B-Main to prepare the car for the following weekends South Australian Formula 500 Title.
Both drivers would make the haul across to Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier for the SA Title. Josh would have to keep looking for his change of luck, while on track for his hot lap session he broke the chain, causing enough damage for him to sit the rest of the night out.
Thomas would have a couple of strong results in two of his heats with a 1st and 4th, in his third heat struck the same bad luck has his team mate, with his chain snapping him forcing a DNF. With his heat results Davies would start the Title race from ninth.
On the opening lap of the feature Tom would touch the wall damaging his front end, he would continue on to race with an ill handling car, managing to come home where he started in 9th.
It would be a club show at Laang Speedway where Josh raced on the weekend. Although the results were not as strong as the team would like, the run of mechanical problems appears to have stopped.
With a slightly different format for the Formula 500’s at Laang, with single file starts in the heats. In the first heat it look as though the team was in for a long night as Josh would start fourth only to record a DNF. As the cars started the second heat the V40 would jump from position six,
mid way through the race Josh madee a small error and spun finishing in 9th. Heat three was a strong result starting off pole, as the chequered fell Josh crossed the line in second.
For just the second time this season the V40 Triple X machine rolled out for the feature race, starting in 8th spot. It may not have been a win that greeted Fort at the end of the race, but given the start to the season a 6th place finish is as good as one.
Josh Fort would like to give special thanks to Daniel Brittain and Dalts for all their help at the Laang event as well as the rest of the hard working team.
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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Thomas Davies Racing Sponsors: Narrogin Speedway, RBH Mechanical Services, Golden West Lubricants, Nardini Bros Makit Hardware, Fuel Distrubutors of WA, Statewide Oil.
Find Thomas Davies Racing on Facebook or at www.thomasdavies.com.au