Laskazeski aims to end Percat storm
THE Formula Ford championship reaches a critical point this weekend at Phillip Island. Paul Laskazeski is leading the series by 40 points with three rounds to run — including this weekend — but arch-rival Nick Percat is in red-hot form.
Percat has won the past six races to close the gap and Laskazeski knows he needs to put a stop to that winning streak.
‘‘I’m pretty confident about Phillip Island,’’ Laskazeski says. ‘‘I’ve done a lot of laps down there.
‘‘The only thing I am worried about is (rival teams) Sonic and Borland (Racing Developments) tested there on Monday, I haven’t been there for 2½ years.’’
Laskazeski drives for the Sydney-based Synergy Motorsport team and Percat races for Melbourne-based Sonic Motor Racing Services.
According to Laskazeski, Borland drivers Scott Pye and Daniel Erickson will play a big role this weekend, thanks to their recent testing at the track.
He is hoping the pair, both out of title contention, will help stop Percat extending his winning run and allow him to hold his lead.
‘‘He’s going a lot better but I know the Borland drivers will be strong this weekend so he won’t keep winning,’’ Laskazeski says. ‘‘But it is freaking me out a bit that he keeps winning, so I really want to get ahead of him this weekend.’’
Laskazeski also aims to impress V8 Supercar team bosses this weekend as he looks to move up to the category next year.
He says he will begin talks to try to step up into V8 Supercars when this weekend is out of the way.
But that’s not something his title rival has to worry about.
Percat already has the backing of V8 Supercar powerhouse Walkinshaw Performance as part of its young driver development program.
Lapping it up: Paul Laskazeski hopes to be at the front of the Formula Ford action at Phillip Island.