Laskazeski aims to end Per­cat storm

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motor Sport - STEPHEN OTTLEY

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.

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