Young’s Tom Sargent has claimed his first car race victory, taking out the final race of the weekend in round four of the NSW Formula Ford Championship at Wakefield Park after some close battles over the course of the event.
Sargent qualified second, narrowly missing out on pole position to national series competitor Nathan Herne.
The talented driver had to deal with a throttle cable issue in race one but still finished second, and he led early in race two before being overtaken by Herne.
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In race three, Sargent was overtaken by several rivals, running as low as fourth at one stage, but he capitalised on his rivals’ dicing to overtake all three of them, leading the last five laps and taking the flag in first place.
He said winning his first race is a tremendous reward for all his supporters.
“It’s been an amazing couple of weeks – it started on a high with the second-place finish at the Tailem Bend Supercars event, and now to get my first race win in cars is an amazing feeling,” Sargent said.
“To race in Formula Ford this year has been a massive effort from my family, my CHE Racing Team and my sponsors – a huge thanks to them for making this result possible.
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“I had some good battles with Nathan Herne in the first two races – I actually beat him off the line but he was able to overtake me on the first lap, which shows I still need to work on cold tyre pace.
“My team-mate Lachlan Mineeff finished second, so it was a fantastic result for Colin and Cameron Hill and the CHE Racing Team.”
Sargent will next be on track for round six of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Phillip Island, September 29 and 30.