Franklin racer back at Sepang

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Bom­bay’s Tay­lor Cock­er­ton made his way back to Malaysia on Tues­day in prepa­ra­tion for the sec­ond round of the 2017 For­mula Masters Se­ries.

Af­ter a strong re­sult in the open­ing round ear­lier in April, Cock­er­ton will look for more race wins and podi­ums dur­ing the sec­ond round, which will take place at the Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit on May 5 and May 7.

Cock­er­ton, who is also a Waikato Univer­sity stu­dent, claimed his first win and two podi­ums dur­ing the first round.

‘‘I’m re­ally ex­cited to be head­ing back to Sepang,’’ said Cock­er­ton.

‘‘Af­ter fin­ish­ing third over­all a cou­ple of weeks ago, I re­ally think we have the po­ten­tial to im­prove.’’

The se­ries is a four-race pro­gram, which means Cock­er­ton is cur­rently sit­ting third be­hind Daniel Lu and Daniel Frost.

Hav­ing made two trips to Malaysia for both test­ing and rac­ing, Cock­er­ton has an un­der­stand­ing of the Sepang cir­cuit and the weather con­di­tions that he will have to con­tend with.

‘‘Sepang is a track that re­quires pa­tience. The straights are long and the cor­ners are wide.

‘‘It is very easy to over drive the car, to push too hard into the cor­ners that in turn means you lose speed on exit,’’ said Cock­er­ton.

‘‘In the first round the weather changed quite a bit. On the Satur­day, the weather was very hot while Sun­day was cool. This plays a big part in track con­di­tions as hot con­di­tions re­ally wears the tyres.’’

Cock­er­ton said that the team’s main fo­cus for the sec­ond round was to im­prove on their podium po­si­tion and to dial the car in for ‘dry’ sur­face con­di­tions.

‘‘Qual­i­fy­ing is very im­por­tant for this se­ries; it worked for us in round one. We also need to work on im­prov­ing our ’dry’ setup,’’ said Cock­er­ton.

’’There are four or five very good drivers who have shown they are very quick.

‘‘They know how to qual­ify and race well, so my tar­get is to beat them.’’

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