On-track tangles cut Taranaki fastman's Manfeild MTA Formula Ford points tally.
Formula Ford young gun, Stefan Webling, was disappointed that on-track tangles with a couple of his rivals cost him series points in last weekend’s Manfeild round of the 2008/2009 MTA series.
The Taranaki driver qualified third, fractions behind Mitchell Evans and Richie Stanaway, and was pleased with his performance in difficult damp conditions.
He was challenging Matthew Penrose for third place in race one when teammate, Jamie McNee, tried to pass him on the inside of Higgins corner and the two touched. Webling spun but recovered to finish seventh.
He got a great start in race two, leading Evans for the first five laps after Stanaway spun in Turn 1. Evans then passed Webling and for the rest of the race Webling pushed Evans as hard as he could.
Webling started race three from pole position and led for the first three laps till Evans passed him in the sweeper.
Webling hung on to him, but was trying simultaneously to fend off a challenging Martin Short. Then, going in to the hairpin, their cars rode over each other, Webling coming off worst with damaged suspension.
He got going but the car’s steering failed after 10 laps and he had to retire.
“(It was) very disappointing when the car was obviously going so well. At least I’m still in third place in the championship and looking forward to the final round at Pukekohe where I’m confident we can catch up some points.
“(At Manfeild) we were again putting in competitive times and in fact took the fastest lap time of both the second and third races, so the car and I were working well.”