As the clock tick past midnight on New Year’s Eve the Josh Fort Motorsport team were hoping the New Yearwould bring new luck, unfortunately for them it didn’t. Racing just the two rounds of the Formula 500 Speedweek Series as they wait on a new engine, the team once again struggled with mechanical issues.
Making the trek down to Warrnambool for round 3 of the series, Josh would have the opportunity to race in front of a large crowd, as the Formula 500’s were on the same program as Australia’s biggest Sprintcar Series, World Series Sprintcars.
Starting mid pack in 5th for the first heat Josh would be looking to put his Yamaha powered Triple X car into the top three and gain valuable points. It may not have been mechanical bad luck that got him this time, but it was still bad luck, the car starting in front of him was slow to get away once the green light came on and Josh dropped back to ninth. On the final lap of the ten lap journey Josh would be passed by a fellow Victorian to relegate him to tenth spot.
“Unfortunately these things happen in racing, there’s not much you can do about it” said Josh about the start line incident.
In the twelve car field for heat two Josh would start out of the eighth position. As the cars came out of turn four, Josh put his foot on the accelerator and the throttle cable snapped. Without the cable Josh had no choice and rolled into the infield.
To make the feature race the Geelong based racer would need to qualify through the B-Main where he would start from the back in position 20. In a race that went by so quickly, in fact broke the tracks 2004 record for 15 laps,Fort would work his way forward over the 15 laps and eventually finish in 15th.
“It may not be the result we were after but to not only finish the night but move forward in the B-Main was a good result for the team” said Josh.
The following night the team made their way half an hour down the road to Laang Speedway for the fourth round of the series.
With a combination of a small track, just 280m, Australia’s top two drivers and starting from 6th position finishing towards the front of the field would be tough. It took just 2m and 30s to complete the twelve lap race in which Josh finished where he started in 6th.
Position five is where Josh would start his second heat of the night. With this opportunity to finish strongly Fort would take it and move up two spots to finish 3rd. It was a good finish for the team, however their hopes of a strong finish in the feature race were dashed when the gearbox let go after the finish line.
With this mechanical failure the team were forced to withdraw from the feature race.
“It’s unfortunate we couldn’t race the A-main but we will look forward to the rest of the season as the new engine will be here soon” said Josh.
Josh’s next race meeting will see him strap into the Walters Racing Wingless Sprint for the Parr Motorsports Wingless Sprint Series, to be held at Avalon Speedway.
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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