Christchurch’s Michael Collins will have the psychological advantage over Southland rival Jamie Conroy, as they head into the second round of the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship at Teretonga Park, Invercargill this weekend.
While Conroy currently leads the series it is Collins who won the last encounter at the same track just before Christmas. The opportunity was the third round of the Ace Hire South Island Formula Ford Championship where consistent results netted Collins with two race wins and a second.
This weekend’s racing counts towards the national competition as well as the fourth round for the Ace Hire South Island series which Collins leads ahead of Conroy.
Back from a well earned holiday, Collins has always performed well in Southland.
“We are pretty confident having been there a couple of times and getting the car setup sorted,” commented Collins.
Even rain forecasted for the weekend doesn’t deter the young driver. “We go all right in the rain and have raced well at Teretonga in those conditions.”
Maintenance has been a priority for the team since the last round, without the need for major changes to race setup.
Conroy currently leads the series 24 points ahead of Collins while Wanganui’s Wanganui’s Aaron Marr is a further 21 points behind. The round consists of qualifying and three races. The next round follows immediately a week later at Timaru International Motor Raceway 18-19 January.
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