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Tom Sargent narrowly avoided a major crash in the NSW Formula Ford round on the weekend. Photo: Riccardo Benvenuti.
Tom Sargent narrowly avoided a major crash in the NSW Formula Ford round on the weekend. Photo: Riccardo Benvenuti.

Tom Sargent from Young had a close call in race two but managed to finish in seventh place in all three of his Formula Ford races last weekend in Sydney.

The 16-year-old Formula Ford racer has experienced what he described as the closest shave of his motorsport career during one of the races on the weekend when he narrowly avoided a 200km/h crash in the third round of the NSW Formula Ford Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend.

In the weekend’s second race, Sargent was battling for fourth position when rival Zac Soutar experienced a spin at the notorious Turn one – the fastest corner on the track.

Sargent was following closely behind at the time and in a tremendous display of lighting reflexes, he took to the grass, missing Soutar’s car by a matter of centimetres.

“I saw Zac starting to lose control and I had the choice of going either left or right to avoid him – fortunately I made the right choice,” Sargent said.

“It was a shame, because up to that point it had been one of my best-ever races – I had the pace to keep up with a lot of the national series drivers who were running.

“After the excursion, I had to regain my focus and because I went off the track, I picked up some dust on my tyres which reduced the level of grip for a little while.”

Earlier in the weekend, Sargent had qualified eighth in the 34-car field, before improving to seventh in Race one.

Despite the near-miss in Race two, Sargent again finished seventh, and he repeated the result in Race three to complete a consistent weekend.

“Having the national drivers in the field was good, because it gave us a benchmark,” Sargent said. “I felt we improved all weekend, and when you look at our pace and position compared to the last round at Wakefield Park, we’ve definitely moved closer to the front of the pack.

“As always, Cameron and Colin Hill did a great job with both the car setup and driver coaching, so there’s a lot for us to build upon before the next round.”

Sargent’s next race meeting will at Sandown Raceway on July 20-22.