Julian’s Youth Day woes

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Removed from race 1, van der Watt fights back to second in Zwartkops Formula Ford finale

Julian van der Watt had a difficult Youth Day’s racing, but the 18-year old Capetonian bounced back to control his championship position in the second race of the Investchem South African Formula Ford championship at Zwartkops Thursday 16 June.

Van der Watt’s day started well when he put the Race Driver SA Mygale on pole position for race 1 and second on the grid for the second heat: “We were quickest the whole weekend and I put it on pole position,” Julian admitted.

But his first race charge ended as quickly as it started after a first lap bump had a knock-on effect on the car. “I came together with Dewald Brummer at turn 1 — it was a racing incident, but the crankcase sensor wire pulled off on our car, which caused the engine to misfire until lap 8 when it finally died.”

The second race also proved problematic, but it went far better for Julian: “We had a misfire from the start, so we were a little down on power and I battled on in third position for a while,” van der Watt explained. “I eventually managed to fight my way into second, but Dewald was too far ahead for me to do anything about his lead by then.”

So Brummer took a double win on the day, but it was not enough to topple van der Watt from the top of the title ladder in spite of his Youth Day woes. “We scored some good points in the end,” Julian pointed out.  “Anything can happen in racing and this was just one of those days — now we must forget it and look forward to East London.

“Once again I need to offer my huge thanks to Ian Schofield from investchem and Claudio from race driver SA as well as my mechanic Hendrik and Greg Canny for all the help and assistance.”

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