Jeroen Slaghekke vice-champion after impressive finale

Jeroen Slaghekke begun the last weekend of the British Formula Ford Championship third in the championship. At the GP-circuit of Silverstone, the talented driver from Wassenaar won the season’s final race, after finishing second in the other two races. The reward for the impressive final weekend: the 2011 British Formula Ford vice-championship.

“This weekend, I was completely focused on the task at hand: drive as quickly as possible, while also racing as smart as possible”, the 19 year old tells us.  “Which wasn’t easy, because there was quite a bit of pressure. I had to close a gap of 23 points to my teammate Nick McBride.”

With the weekend starting with a small off into the barrier during the first free practice, it wasn’t particularly the best start Jeroen would’ve planned. The next free practice however, Jeroen came back to top the timesheets. On the back of this, Jeroen then delivered in qualifying as well by taking pole position for two of the weekend’s three races. Making it a total of 8 pole positions for him this season.

In the first of three races, Jeroen Slaghekke was passed under yellow flags, which was detrimental to his chances of winning the race. “I was passed under yellows by three drivers, who got a time penalty after the race was finished. Not that that mattered, because I passed them back during the race, but it seriously hurt my chances of a victory having to get past them again and losing valuable time.”

Australian Geoff Uhrhane won the race instead. Jeroen did however post the fastest lap of the race in 2:08,182, which is a new laprecord.

The second race took place in tricky conditions, with the track being half dry, half wet. “Very exciting and very intense”, Jeroen typifies the race. Together with Scott Malvern, he drove off into the distance. They finished over four seconds ahead of everyone else, with Jeroen choosing for the much needed points in the championship settling for second place.

“To me, the last race of the season was also my best race of the season”, says Jeroen Slaghekke. “Everyone was racing with a win it or bin it mentality, which made it a very exciting race!” The Dutchman got the better of Geoff Uhrhane (second) and Scott Malvern (third) with a last lap overtake into the vale chicane after racing wheel to wheel for the preceding laps.

It rewarded Jeroen Slaghekke with his fourth win of the season and more importantly, the vice-championship. “This has to be my best victory of the season. Not only because it rewarded me with the vice-championship, but also because I’ve beaten my teammate Scott Malvern on the track on racecraft and speed, which only very few people have done this year”, Jeroen Slaghekke exulted. “It has been a great weekend with a fantastic endresult.”

After eight raceweekends, the final standings in the British Formula Ford championship look like this:
1. Scott Malvern 610;
2. Jeroen Slaghekke 510;
3. Nick McBride 507.

Sunday Oct 16, 2011
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