EDGEWATER racer Calan Williams heads in to this Saturday’s final round of the Formula Ford state championship at Barbagallo Raceway in second place.
The 16-year-old will be looking to continue the good form he displayed in round six, where he qualified in pole position to set himself up for a successful day of competition.
Though he dropped to second place after a poor getaway in the first race, he quickly managed to overtake around the outside to take back first place.
The lead changed another couple of times, before Williams was beaten at the last corner for a close second finish.
He started race two from this position but during the second lap, he made his move to the front where he led until the safety car was brought out because of a single car incident.
The safety car remained for two laps but the incident left quite a bit of sand on the track.
“I managed to hold the lead for the lap following the restart, until I was overtaken down the back straight,” Williams said.
“The sand on the track looked quite risky to go through, so we were all running wide of the apex.
“I quickly made the position back on the next lap and leading the race in the last lap, I decided to go through the sand.
“The others did not and as a result, I managed to pull a few car lengths of a gap and held this to take my first race win.”
Williams headed into the final race tied with Sam Dicker for the round win and in pole position but he dropped to second off the line.
“We must have changed the lead at least twice every lap,” Williams said.
“We were side-by-side for the majority of the race. No one was able to pull a gap, which meant either of us had the opportunity to take the win.”
Williams led going into the final lap but lost it at the second last corner. However, he managed to get it back out of the final corner to take the race win and first place for the day.
After this weekend’s competition, Williams will head to Queensland where he will get his first taste behind the wheel of a Formula 3 car by testing with the Gilmour Racing team.
“Gilmour Racing have been following Calan in motorsport from karts through to his present endeavour in Formula Ford,” team principal Errol Gilmour said.
“With the success he has already achieved he will go a long way in motorsport.”
Williams said he was “very excited” to have the chance to show what he could do in a Formula 3 car.