DESPITE THE start Thomas Maxwell had at the first round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship, the 16-year-old is more than ready to get back into the championship fight at Round 2 of the open-wheel series at Phillip Island.
The Northern Territory driver showed his fellow competitors he has what it takes to win, putting the Sonic Motor Racing Services Mygale on the front for practice, but had bad luck heading into the races.
Maxwell was involved in another driver’s incident during the final race of the event, taking the teenager out of the race and contention for a round placing.
“The Sonic Mygale showed strong pace during the first round of the series, but some unfortunate luck took away what would have been a very strong start to the season,” Maxwell said.
“There were positive glimpses which we took away from the weekend, but as always there are areas we can improve and further develop.
“As long as I can keep refining my technique it’s all grounding steps in the right direction.
“Onwards and upwards for now, I’m going to bite the bullet and focus all of my energy in preparing for the next round at Phillip Island.”
The Bosch Car Service Centre driver is currently placed ninth in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.
Maxwell’s next round will be held at the prestigious Phillip Island Circuit for Round 2 of the series on May 22.
Thomas Maxwell racing to an impressive fifth at Island of Magic
NORTHERN TERRITORY’S Thomas Maxwell has finished an impressive fifth on debut in the final round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship, held in conjunction with Phillip Island’s Island of Magic.
The 16-year-old had competed throughout the Victorian State Series in Formula Ford throughout this year, but overcame all rookie odds to finish inside in the top five out of a 32 car field, racing with one of the oldest cars on the grid.
The teenager had also qualified in fourth for Race 1, which was a personal best for the rookie at Phillip Island.
“What a fantastic weekend it was,” said Maxwell.
“Being able to run up at the front and race wheel-to-wheel with Australia’s best drivers was unbelievable.
“The qualifying lap was crucial, being able to put it on the second row of the grid played a big part – especially with the amount of cars in the field.”
“It was a fantastic way to cap off an outstanding rookie year in Formula Ford!”
Maxwell had also recently raced at the Phillip Island circuit in October, finishing his first strong year in the Victorian State Series coming home in seventh in the championship.
The Bosch Car Service Centre driver has had a great first season in Formula Ford with the team at Sonic Motor Racing Services, and is looking forward for what is yet to come in the 2015 racing season.