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Oran Park Rnd 3 – Free Practice
The more things change…
Round 3 of the NSW Formula Vee championships are on this weekend, with the ForzaMinardi.com Aurora again fielding it's new 'B' spec FV001 chassis for Adam Brook. (Brooksey to you guys :P) The new car differs from the older spec FV001, with new front suspension, and a slightly more powerful engine upgrade. I spent the morning session acclimatizing to the new car and getting to grips with Oran Park's tricky layout, which places a premium on effective braking and chassis balance, as well as good traction out of corners. Throughout the morning sessions we concentrated on chassis tuning and engine development, before focusing on a suitable setup for qualifying tomorrow morning.
Time: 1 min 22.77secs Chassis: FV001/01
"I was disappointed early on with the lack of pace from the up spec car. The cold weather and high winds made driving difficult, and I was never able to stamp out a clean, traffic-free lap. I can’t say I’m completely satisfied with all aspects of the car’s behavior, but all things being considered, I think we did a reasonable time today. My main hope for the weekend is to get Aurora's first Championship top 10 finish, and continue our 100% reliability record. This is one thing I’m very proud of. Having never built, owned or even driven a Formula V before taking on the Aurora project, I think it’s pretty amazing to be almost on the pace of the established runners, on a fraction of the budget whilst building it all ourselves. It’s much like Minardi in Formula 1! Give us time, and I think soon enough we may move up to challenge for top 5 positions and maybe podium finishes."
Race times can be seen tomorrow at www.natsoft.com.au