During the off season the Victorian Formula 500 team Josh Fort Motorsport (JFM) signed up Western Australian rising star Thomas Davies to contest a number of east coast meetings. This past weekend saw the newly formed partnership head to the track together for the first time.

After arriving in Melbourne at 7am on Saturday Thomas along with his dad Geoff and Sister Nikki drove for another hour to Geelong. Having spent the morning preparing the two Triple X cars with Josh Fort, the team headed off for the first round of the Lethal Race Wings sponsored Victorian Stampede Series at the Mid Western Speedway, Darlington.

Staying out of trouble in the heat races can be pivotal to having a good nights racing, this is something that both Josh and Thomas where fully aware of this in the first round of heats. The two drivers would start 5th (Josh) and 9th (Thomas).

While they may have started mid to back of the pack, this gave them an opportunity to see how the cars were working and blow out any off season cobwebs. It would prove to be a successful heat race for both drivers having improved on their starting positions. Josh would move up three spots to 2nd while Thomas moved up four spots to 5th.

After starting at the back in the first heat Thomas would get a front row start in his second heat, taking the green from 2nd position. Meanwhile Josh would have a mid pack start once again with a 6th.

Just like he did in his first heat Josh moved forward in the second heat finishing 3rd. Thomas would advance to take to the lead and finish in 1st.

At the end of the heats both JFM drivers were sitting towards the top of the points table, Thomas in 2nd and Josh right behind in 3rd. For both drivers their next race of the night would be the inverted dash, highest points to the rear, meaning Thomas was starting 9th and Josh 8th.

As they had done all night the two drivers moved through the field and improved on their starting positions, this time Josh would finish 6th and his team-mate Thomas one spot higher in 5th.

“I struggled a little bit during those earlier races, but we have made some changes for the feature and we should have a fast car” said Thomas.

As the two drivers in their Triple X Chassis lined up for the feature they would be side by side, on the third row. Thomas and Josh avoided the drama’s on the first attempt to start the feature race, although Josh wasn’t quite so lucky the second time around. As the field headed into turn one Josh headed high and made contact with the wall damaging the front end, this would force him out of the race.

As they say third time lucky and this time the race got under way, which saw Davies jump straight into second behind Shane Van Dynhoven. Making his move on lap thirteen after a  single file restart Davies went high in turns one and two, he would go on to take the win 2 and a half seconds in front of Steven Horton and Victoria 1 Jye O’Keefe.

“The changes we made to the car definitely helped as we set the fastest lap of the race back on lap 5 with a 12.442″.

“To come away with a win first night out is just great, I cannot thank Josh Fort and his family enough for this opportunity” said Davies shortly after his win.

Speaking to Josh after the weekends racing this is what he had to say about Thomas, “I am very pleased in the way Thomas adapted to the Triple X, He was on the pace from the get go. I believe he has the right equipment to get the job done on a regular basis, and he proved it this weekend.”

Making the most of the weekend the team headed down the road for about an hour to Premier Speedway in Warrnambool for their opening meeting on Sunday. This time it would just be Thomas competing after Josh had done some front end damage in his crash the previous night.

There might have only been 10 cars in the field but there was some quality opposition. After some hard fought racing in the heats the Western Australian had earned enough points to start the feature in 3rd. Once again the racing was hard fought with Thomas finishing third behind Australia 2 James Aranyosi and Victoria 1 Jye O’Keefe.

Once the feature had been run the team headed back to Melbourne some 3 and half hours away so that Thomas, Geoff and Nikki could catch the plane back to Perth.

Thomas would like to give thanks to Josh, Peter (Josh’s Dad), Aleece Batten (Josh’s Partner) along with his own family.

Thomas Davies Racing Sponsors: Narrogin Speedway, RBH Mechanical Services, Golden West Lubricants, Nardini Bros Makit Hardware, Fuel Distrubutors of WA, Statewide Oil.

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.

 

Sheldon Nouchy

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