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Chafford's Formula Ford
10:14am Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in Sport
MOTORSPORT: CHAFFORD Formula Ford racer George Blundell has revved his way to one of motorsport’s most prestigious awards.
The former kart champion has been crowned Formula Ford Duratek class ‘Rookie of the Year’.
And Blundell, 19, also finished third overall in the ultra-competitive 10-meeting series which came to a head at Donnington Park on Sunday. It’s been a fantastic first Formula Ford year for Blundell who is a member of the influential Enigma Motorsport team which has its headquarters near to Silverstone. The Thurrock teen said: “It’s still sinking in really!
“When I came into Formula Ford I just wanted to keep my head down and learn as much as possible.
“But things went well from the off and I knew that I was in with a good chance, if I did well at Donnington.”
The series came to a head in the qualifying race on Saturday and here Blundell just missed out on the top slot by 3000th of a second.
“It was so, so tight at the finish,” he said after being pipped to the post by the eventual overall series runner up, Brazil’s Fabian Welter.
And in the Sunday’s first race the battle was on again as Blundell clawed back seconds on race leader Welter and overtook him. But the Chafford racer was shunted and lost both time and the lead.
However, in the final race of the series Blundell proved his impressive overall series credentials. He locked into the leader’s slipstream and decided to push for the lead at Redgate, overtake on the outside of this difficult bend.
He said: “The two of us were a bit clear. I knew if I left the braking late there was a chance of overtaking him on the outside – and it paid off.”
The Thurrock teenager’s results have delighted Enigma owners Linton Stutely and Tom Farquhar who is also the team head engineer.
Now Blundell will be spending the winter teaching track skills at tracks throughout the UK before testing for the new season in February.
For the full story see Frisday's THURROCK GAZETTE