At the end of the previous NSW Formula Ford championship round, Daniel Holihan cited exhaustion as the reason behind his disappointing result – then, a fortnight later, he was involved in a nasty crash during the Historic Formula Ford racing, in the Retro RaceFest at Sydney Motorsport Park.
It’s been a long three weeks, but after some time off, and a break from his beloved social media network, Hooly is feeling the need for speed, and is ready to attack the second half of the 2016 NSW Formula Ford Championship.
Of the two circuits in the championship, Wakefield Park is his preferred venue, and his statistics support that.
The edge that his Anglo-Australian Motorsport team-mate, Simon Hodges enjoys over Holihan at Wakefield Park is less than the advantage he has at Sydney Motorsport Park, so with two of the final three rounds on the shorter Goulburn layout, Holihan enters the back half of the season confident of a good championship result.
Holihan enjoyed a weekend of podium finishes down in Goulburn during the opening round in March, behind Simon Hodges, who won all three races, but now faces competition from Aaron Grech, Mark Lowing and Jake Hobbs, who’ve all improved as the season has gone on.
Holihan’s race craft is good, but he’ll be hoping to improve on his starts, as they have tended to let him down at various times throughout the season.
Races 10, 11 and 12 of the 18-race championship will be held this weekend. Qualifying will be run on Saturday morning, ahead of a 14-lap race that afternoon, ahead of a 12-lap, and a 16-lap race on Sunday.
Update: Holihan was on the pace in Friday’s practice sessions, and will look to carry that form into the weekend of racing.