JFM USA tour 2013September 2, 2013
Geelong based Formula 500 racer Josh Fort is used to travelling long distances to race, however this past weekend has seen him make his longest voyage yet. Early Sunday morning Josh flew out to the USA for a month long racing holiday.
Josh will be based in the east coast workshop of Danny and Damien Carroll, which is located in Roseville, CA. The team will be using the latest 2013 chassis from TripleX Race Co, it will be powered by a Seros Racing Yamaha R6 engine.
From their workshop they will attend six events over seven nights throughout September.
The schedule features events at the Plaza Park Raceway along with Lemoore Raceway and Delta Speedway. Knowing it will be tough Josh had this to say about this opportunity: “This is a great opportunity for me, it will give me a chance to gain some laps and experience before our season kicks off back home”. “It will be tough no doubt, however I’m looking forward to the challenge and just want to be competitive and have some fun”.
This trip wouldn’t be possible without the help of Kaleb, Shawna and the whole team at TripleX Race Co, Russell and Gordon at Seros Race Engines, Nancy from Hinchman Racing Uniforms, Noah at Shellshock Helmets, Wade at Keizer Aluminium Wheels and Danny and Damien Carroll.
Josh would also like to give a very big thanks to his partner Aleece and Dad Peter, for their ongoing support.
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Australian Title 2012April 16, 2012
Laang Speedway was the venue for the 2012 Australian Formula 500 Title.
The event started on the Thursday night the 5th of April, with a 3 hour practice session. Fort timed 47th out of the 49 cars that practiced that night. “It was disappointing to be that far off the pace tonight, we missed the gearing pretty bad.” Fort said.
The following day, Fort and the team prepared the car out of the Anderson Bobcat Services Garage, along with Leigh Van Ginneken and West Australian Thomas Davies. The team changed the gearing to gain some more revs out of the Jettco powerplant, “We changed a few things on the car to gain some more speed out of it. Leigh and Thomas were a big help, and I thank them for their knowledge” Fort said.
In the first round of heats Josh started out of position 5, at the green flag The Bakery Fresh V40 moved up a couple of positions, before getting passed back and ending the race in 6th position.
The first night was heavily rain effected, but Fort managed to get his second heat race in. Starting out of position 2, Josh knew he had to make the most of it. At the drop of the green flag Josh made his move and took the lead from Tasmanian Nick Kingston, Brock Hallett passed a few laps in for the lead. Eventually finishing in 3rd position at the end of the race. “I was pretty disappointed, as we needed the points” Fort said.
The first night eventually got rained out, and Fort was tied on points with previous Aus 1 Liam Williams and Charlie Brown in 13th Position.
The next day, Fort knew he had some work ahead to make the all important A Main.
With an earlier start to catch up on heat races from night 1 of the title, Josh found himself out of position 10 in the next heat. The team set the car up to run the topside of the racetrack. When the race got underway Fort set himself up on the top of the track going into turn 1. Unfortunately Fort came together with another car which sent him flipping into the turn. “It was disappointing way to end my Title hopes, not only for my team but for my sponsors also” Fort said.
The team would like to thank Anderson Bobcat Services for their generosity over the Weekend.
Josh Fort Motorsport would also like to thank the following sponsors:
-Profire Pyrotechnics And Blasting pty ltd
-Lucas Oil Products
Fort Values Australian Institute Of Sport Experience.March 13, 2012
Last week Josh Fort, and 7 other young drivers attended the Speedway Australia “rising star” Camp, at the Australian Institute of Sport located in Canberra.
Being the only Victorian given the opportunity to attend the camp this year, Josh made the most of the experience.
“ I was overwhelmed when I received the phone call from Shane (Collins) of Speedway Australia, in late December to let me know I had been chosen to attend the 2012 camp.”
“It has been trying year for me and the team, mechanical wise, and it was good to finally get some good news for all our hard work.”
Fort flew into Canberra, Monday night where he spent the night getting to know the other young drivers.
The following day, the team got a tour of the AIS, and spent the day with Sports Psychologist Vicki DePrazer. Vicki has worked with a lot of Olympic athletes and other drivers such as Craig Lowndes.
The drivers had one on one interviews with Vicki to discuss the results from an online test they completed 2 weeks prior to the camp. “It was interesting talking to Vicki one on one, she knew everything about me from a simple online test that consisted on 150 multiple choice questions.” Fort said.
The following day the drivers had lectures in nutrition and physiology. The boys also performed a skin fold and “beep” test. After the beep test Josh and the team had a chance to recover at the AIS recovery centre.
Recovery consists of a 5 minute walk in a current pool, and then changing from a 40 degree spa pool to a 10 degree cold pool, repeating the process 3-4 times.
“I know the boys would agree with me in saying, the cold pool was not ideal, but is a vital part in the recovery process.”
The drivers also competed in the annual AIS go kart challenge, at the Queanbeyan Superkarts. It consisted of 1 practice session and 2 heats. It was a good chance for the drivers to get back behind the wheel to “show off” and have some fun. “We had a lot of fun at the go karts, we all rotated karts in the sessions. It would be fair to say their were 3 karts down on power.”
On the final day, the drivers had a chance to work out at the AIS gym. Kim Williams from the AIS gave a lecture about strength and conditioning, and they also gained valuable self massaging techniques using a tennis ball.
After lunch the team was treated to Marketing training with Darren Disbury. “Darren was great, he explained the best way in which to gain sponsorship and market yourself as an elite driver. I have learnt a lot from Darren, and he is eager to keep in touch with all drivers and learn of their progress in marketing their teams.”
The team of drivers also had media training with Wade Aunger. Being one of the best commentators in Australia, Wade provided the team with helpful hints on how to present yourself better, on and off the track.
“ Wade is an inspirational character, and I know I am not the most confident person when it comes to public speaking. He gave us the do’s and don’ts when it comes to being interviewed, and he has made me a better person for it.”
In conclusion, Josh was very thankful for the opportunity Speedway Australia provided him.
“I would like to thank Speedway Victoria and Speedway Australia for the opportunity they provided me. The “Rising Star” program is going from strength to strength each year, with Shane Collins of Speedway Australia being the driving force behind the program. I would encourage every young driver to apply for the program next season, as I learnt things I never thought would have affected my on and off track performance. I also have formed good friendships with all of the team, and look forward to staying in touch.”
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2012 Speedway Australia Rising StarsMarch 3, 2012
The 2012 Speedway Australia Rising Stars will visit the Australian Institute of Sport next week for an intensive 3 day elite training camp designed to assist them in reaching their motor sport goals.
The AIS program involves a range of different themes that will educate the 8 young drivers about the requirements of being a high level athlete.
Shane Collins of Speedway Australia commented on the 2011 program’s results.
“Last year’s camp results were fantastic, and to see the level of professionalism both on and off the track that group are displaying shows how beneficial the camp and program was.”
“To see some of them go to America and pursue their dreams, or enter into new classes this season is very satisfying, especially knowing that this program helped them get there.”
The 3 day camp will involve education sessions in the following areas:
Psychology: All drivers are both group and individually tested about the thought process before and during their racing.
Diet: How to best fuel the body both before and during a race meeting.
Fitness: The level of fitness that should be obtained to maximise their potential as a driver.
Media: WSS commentator, Wade Aunger, will spend time with the drivers educating them about the positive way to use the media and time on a microphone.
Marketing: Darren Disbury explains the importance of positive marketing and the different ways this can be done to get results for the race team.
Strength: Understanding the advantages that weights training and fitness will provide, and how to train to improve their ability in the car.
As a bonus for the 2012 participants, the AIS will be packed with London 2012 Olympic participants, presenting an opportunity to observe, learn from and rub shoulders with Australia’s finest athletes.
“Not only is the course good for their education,” commented Collins, “the drivers actually become very good friends and stay in touch once they return home, which is great as well.”
Stay tuned to speedwayaustralia.net.au for all of the latest news and information regarding the 2012 Speedway Australia Rising Stars.
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Josh Fort Racing Website Coming SoonJanuary 26, 2012
Official Website of Josh Fort Racing is coming soonRead More