Young racer Andrew Waite says this weekend’s Timaru round of the Formula Ford series is a critical one.
February 27, 2007. Rising MTA Formula Ford star Andrew Waite is focusing on the positives when the championship reaches Timaru this weekend.
Waite, second in the standings behind Palmerston North’s Sam MacNeill, has never raced on the Timaru International Raceway before.
A single test day on Wednesday will provide his only opportunity to learn the circuit without the pressure of competition.
With two buddies from karting days – Daniel Jilesen (Taumarunui) and Aucklander Michael Burdett – right behind in the standings, Waite says there’s a lot at stake.
“I’m still confident,” he says. “We’ve had our share of ups and downs, but I know my car is fast enough to run with the best. I hope this will be a good weekend. We’re still pushing for podium placings.”
Waite is pleased with his progress: his aims this season had been to be in the series’ top five
He’s not sure if he can topple MacNeill – who has 761 points to Waite’s 624 – but intends to keep trying. He’s more confident he can stave off Jilesen, third on 611, and Burdett, next on 560.
“Sam has a massive points lead. An upset is not impossible, but really he’d need to have a couple of DNFs (non-finishes) to make the different.
“But (after) their good runs at Manfeild Daniel and Michael aren’t that far behind me, and I suspect Michael will be a threat at Timaru.”