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Jilesen wins Formula Ford thriller


Formula Ford provides its usual exciting racing and Jilesen scores his first win at this level.

February 17, 2007. A bold overtaking move with two-and-a-half laps to run gave Daniel Jilesen victory in an exciting opening MTA Formula Ford race at Manfeild today.

Jilesen had stalked Kim Crocker for most of the distance then on the eighth lap hung back on the run into Higgins Corner, the crucial lead-in to the main straight.

Then he dived past Crocker in a copybook move, and resisted pressure from the highly-experienced racer to take the win, his first at national level.

Crocker tried several times to get back the lead, but couldn’t force Jilesen into an error.

Michael Burdett finished third, pouring pressure on to Crocker. He had moved into the place after passing Hugh Gardiner with a strong move at the hairpin. Gardiner slid off into the dirt as Burdett went past, and finally came home ninth, highly critical of the way Burdett had completed the pass.

Sam Macneall had his first non-podium finish of the season, his Van Diemen struggling to put its power on to the track. The team had moved to a new set of tyres this morning.

Kurt Peterson and John Wheland completed the top six.

The Formula Fords have two more races on Sunday.

– story by Mike Stock at Manfeild.

Photo caption: Sam Macneall finished fourth, struggling to put down the power on a new set of tyres. File photograph.


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