Young star puts in tough laps

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RIS­ING mo­tor rac­ing star Cal­lan Say­ers has test-driven his For­mula Ford car and ad­mits it’s tak­ing a while to come to grips with the four­wheeler.

‘‘On Fri­day last week I had my first test drive in the car I will be driv­ing in the 2013 Aus­tralian For­mula Ford Cham­pi­onship, the Spec­trum 012,’’ he said.

‘‘We did the test at one of Aus­tralia’s most no­to­ri­ous race tracks, Lake­side on the north side of Bris­bane.

‘‘Although I had driven a For­mula Ford race car be­fore (De­cem­ber, 2010) I had a lot to re­mem­ber to come to grips with again.

‘‘My big­gest chal­lenge was the gear changes. The For­mula Ford runs a dob-box, which po­ten­tially al­lows for quicker gear changes with­out us­ing the clutch.

‘‘How­ever, there is a real tech­nique in lean­ing on the gear stick, lift­ing the throt­tle slightly to un­load the cogs and quickly shift­ing into the next gear.

‘‘By the end of the day, I had 2nd to 3rd all sorted out, but go­ing from 3rd to 4th needs a bit of work.

‘‘My right hand ended up get­ting really sore as the stick would vi­brate vi­o­lently if it didn’t go in.’’

Cal­lan com­pleted about 60 laps over the day.

‘‘I felt more and more con­fi­dent as the day went on,’’ he said. ‘‘I was about 1.8 sec­onds off the lap record, and with more com­mit­ment, ini­tially un­der brakes and by pick­ing up the throt­tle ear­lier through the cor­ner, I will be right up there.’’

This week­end he has an­other test day be­fore head­ing to Sym­mons Plains for round 1 of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in early April.

Watch this space.

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