17/07/2017

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Hunter McElrea 2017 Aust FF

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Gold Coast based Kiwi Hunter McElrea has moved to third on the Australian Formula Ford Series leader board after the latest round at the Queensland Raceway Track. This included his third race win this season.

The weekend started with tricky conditions in practice and qualifying on the Friday, and Hunter secured 4th position in qualifying after sitting 2nd in practice.

“Practice and Qualifying where quite wet, and my team mate and I had a lot of pace in practice compared to anyone else,” commented McElrea. “I didn’t really nail qualifying like I hoped, not getting a lap in when the track was best but I can still work with P4”.

In race 1, Hunter got the jump over his rivals and moved up to second place in the opening lap. This then turned into a three-way fight for the win with Hunter finishing second.

Starting on the front row for race 2, Hunter got a solid start holding second for the opening lap before moving to the lead. This then turned into an incredible three-way fight for the win with McElrea eventually taking another victory.

“Race two was the craziest race I have ever done. It was constant passing on every lap, I wanted the win so bad, so it feels so good!”

Race 3 was again a massively close fight between the top three, but it threw an extra challenge to McElrea having no radio communication with the team. After dropping to 2nd on the start, and a lengthy caution period meant the racing laps were reduced. McElrea could bring home a P3 finish and secured a second overall for the round.

“Overall it was a very solid weekend, I am very pleased to have gotten a win this weekend and a solid bag of points. I think I am in a very good position going into the last two rounds, I would really like to thank all my supportive sponsors, everyone at team Sonic, especially; Mick, Maria, and my mechanic Stevo”.

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