1, 2, 3 for Jeroen Slaghekke

Dominating qualifying claiming pole position for all three races of the weekend, Jeroen Slaghekke proved to be one of the best drivers in the 2011 British Formula Ford championship. In the three following races, the Dutchman further demonstrated his intentions with a dominant victory and two strong drives to second and third in the other two races. After posting fastest lap in the final race as well, Jeroen has climbed to second place in the championship. 

The sixth raceweekend of the year got off to a great start on Friday’s qualifying session for Slaghekke. During the twenty minute qualifying session on the short Brands Hatch Indy track, nobody could match the Dutchman’s pace.

“The team had provided me with a fantastic car, that felt great right from the moment my tyres were up to temperature”, Jeroen tells us. “The moment there was a gap, I went for it. The most challenging part about this qualifying session was keeping cool through the traffic. Which worked well! At some points on the track I could even get a slipstream.” The result was a pole position time of 46,6 seconds. His second and third best lap were also good enough to claim pole position for the other two races of the weekend.

Jeroen’s already took his first podium of the weekend in the first race, finishing behind Scott Malvern after being nose to gearbox for the entire race. The margin between them was only 0,088 seconds at the finish line. “I have tried everything I knew and more to get past Scott; left, right, on the inside and round the outside. It didn’t work, because it’s incredibly hard to pass around Brands Hatch and Scott did a great job. I should’ve done a better job at the start, and keeping that in mind, I’m already looking forward to the next race.”

On the first Sunday race, the Dutchman turned his pole position into a dominant win. Even though Scott Malvern came past at the start again, this was only because of a jumpstart that he would later get a drive through for. It didn’t matter though, as Jeroen passed him before he Malvern had to come in to serve his drive through penalty. With Malvern now gone, Slaghekke drove into the distance to finish over 8 seconds ahead of his nearest competitors Dan de Zille in second, and Antti Buri in third.

Wheelspin on a wet part of the track at the start ensured Slaghekke of a tough race. “Because of the rain before the race, there was a wet part of track right in the pole position grid slot as it’s located in a dip in the track. I had too much throttle and therefore too much wheelspin at the start, which left me standing still before rejoining in fourth place.” So the Jamun driver went to work to improve on his lost positions. During the final stages of the race, Jeroen went round the outside at turn 2 to finish on the podium.

“Buri was defending on a wet part of the track, so I tried going round the outside on the dry line and it worked.” Jeroen made it three from three possible podiums with the overtake, after a second, first and now third place behind winner Scott Malvern and second placed Geoff Uhrhane. Jeroen Slaghekke also took fastest lap along the way to score an extra point.

Jeroen’s podium run of first, second and third place pushes him up to second place in the championship.

“it’s been a very good weekend, three pole positions, three podiums, including a dominant victory, a fastest lap and on track for the vice-championship!”

Friday Sep 02, 2011
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