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Tuning car and head for success


Driver tuning is just as vital says Formula Ford series leader.

February 12, 2007. It’s not only MTA series leader Sam Macneill’s Formula Ford that gets fine-tuning before and during a race meeting.

He says his state of mind gets a tune-up too.

The Palmerston North driver is on home turf for this weekend’s fourth round at Manfeild.

Macneill has scored eight podium finishes from nine starts and took maximum points at the last round, the A1 GP meeting at Taupo in January.

He credits his success to the week-long programme at Motorsport New Zealand’s 2006 Elite Motorsport Academy, at Otago University (he was the top graduate) and follow-up sessions with a sports psychologist. Both have improved his mental strength and focus.

“A lot of it is staying stress-free before a race – things we learned at the academy really work for me.

“I used to want to get involved with every aspect of the car prep. Now that’s all left to the team. I get on with getting my head sorted. When I get into the car, I’m ready to race.”




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