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Jake strong form on return
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Jake looks set to return to the track mid July with his family race team.
Jake Donaldson Racing has purchaced a car from Melbourne and
with the Help from Borland Racing Developments Jake is confident
that he can be on the pace from day 1.

Jake will once again race with the number 35 and has had great support
from some of last years sponsors who will continue till the end of the
2017 Season.
Penrith Air Supply is stepped up its commitment by becoming Jake's
main Sponsor this year.
Speaking to Jake about the remaining 3 races in the State Championship
he had this to say,

" I'm really looking forward to get out there and mix it up with my own car,
The amount of support from all my family ,friends and Sponsors is amazing and
I am unable to describe what it means to me in words.
I'm Really hoping to pay them all back with strong results."

At this stage we are hoping to be at round 4 of the NSW State Championship at
Wakefield Park August 11-13.
Jake set to return soon
June
JDR decide to partnerwith well respected Formula Ford team Synergy Motorsport
under the guidance of Justin Cotter.
Justin has worked with some of todays superstars including Chaz Mostert
and Matt Cambell just to name a few.
We hope that he is able to help Jake improve on all levels.
Jake has already picked up some handy hints.
The National Formula Ford Series made its return to Sydney Motorsport Park
on the weekend of the 16th & 17th of September.
Friday practice was solid with the 35 Penrith Air Supply machine setting
some fast laps. Come Saturday and Sunday it was a different story.
Qualifying had its issues with a front end failure only allowing Jake to do 1 lap
before ending any chance of a top ten.
Race one and Jake had to come out of P17 which ment he had some work to do.
Jake had made it up to P11 by the end if the race and left us confident the with
a few changes we could see him somewhere in the top 10 for the rest of the weekend.

Come Sunday races 2 and 3 and jake just couldn't get any more speed out of the car.
he was at least 1.5 seconds off his early friday pace and we just couldn't get it back.
A P14 finish in race 2 left him right in the thick of the action for race 3.

Race 3 only went for 2 corners with 3 cars trying to go into turn 3 which is not possible.
Contact was made on Jake rear end which sent him off track and into a wall.
Jake was ok but the car suffered front end damage.
Not the result that we had hoped for but we will get the car back together and be back
on track for round 6 of the State Series on Oct 21 & 22.
 
Jakes return to Formula Ford happened on the 16th and 17th of August at Wakefield Park.
The goal for the weekend was to be competitive and thats what he was with a front frow start
after qualifying 2nd .

Race one didn't go to plan with contact on lap 2 while going for 2nd place, the damage forced
Jake to retire the car so we could have a good look over things and make the changes needed.

Races 2 and 3 had Jake finishing a strong second behind experienced racer Lachlan Gibbons.
Come the Trophy race Sunday afternoon Jake was looking to finish on a strong note and that he did.
Both Jake and Lachlan battled for the entire 16 laps with Jake leading all but one of them.
Sadly it was the lasp lap the Lachlan mede the pass. Jake had started running low on fuel over the
last 2 laps which allowed Lachlan to get a run on Jake on the back straight and he was able to make
a clean pass on the final turn.
On the Podium Lachlan stated that that was some of the hardest racing i have ever had' the Battle with Jake was great"

Coming away from the weekend we know that the pace is there we just need to keep working and hopefullly the results will come.
After a tough last round Jake and the team headed to Wakefield
park for the final round of the NSW State Championship.
After a steering failure in friday practice which had caused
some more damage,  the team set out on looking for a strong weekend.

Come Saturday thats what we got. Jake just missed out on a front row start
qualifying 3rd fastest, but it was race 1 where he showed his true pace.
Jake was quickly into the lead on lap 1 and drove superb to take out the
first race of the weekend. Lachlan Gibbons had tried to pressure Jake
into a mistake, but he held his nerve and would cross the line in front.

After a great night sleep Jake was back at it again with a stella drive
to take out race 2 on the Sunday morning. Once again Gibbons followed
Jake home in second.

Trophy race and Jake was keen to see if he could clean sweep the weekend.
After a slow start Jake had to make a pass for the lead which he was able to on lap 2.
He then lead for 12 laps with once again Lachlan Gibbons chasing him down.
Jake gavce uo the lead on lap 12 and looked as if a 2nd place finish was
on the cards. Not to be out done Jake made some ground on the leader and looked
to make a outside pass for the lead on the seond last lap.
Unfortunely Jake just clipped the rear wheel of Gibbons which sent both off the track.
Gibbons was able to get going but Jake retired the car.

Jake and Lachlan spoke after the race and agreed it was a racing incident.
maybe it was'nt the best way to finish the weekend but it was great racing and
2 Wins out of 3 ain't bad.

October
 
Jake back in the Winners circle
We headed to Phillip Island for the 2018 Island Magic,
this was the first time Jake had raced outside of NSW.
Friday practice didn't go to plan as mechanical issues
plaqued us all day. So with little running time we knew Qualifying
was going to be tough.
Jake Qualified 13th but he was getting more comfortable everytime
he hit the track.
Race 1: after making a great start jake had moved from P13 to P6
by lap 4, but once again mechanical problem occurred.
Once the gearbox was pulled down we discovered a broken 4th gear.
Sunday and the heavens had opened and Jake was confident that he
make up some lost ground in the wet.

Starting out of P19 he made a blinding start going from P19 to 6th on lap 1!!!
However another issue lead to Jake running wide causing the car to stop.
We got the car back and fixed what we thought was the problem ,
however the Clutch had a drama and couldn't go out for race 3.

Overall we came away knowing that next time we go there Jake can be
better prepared and competitive.
Island Magic Issues
November
January
 
 
2018 and pre Season testing has begun.
After stripping down the car after Phillip Island
we repaired a few things and are now back on track.
Car is currently still mostly white with a new livery
to be launched soon.
Last Sunday we headed to Wakefield Park and only
yesterday we tested at SMSP.
Car feels fast and we are looking forward to a great 2018.
More news to follow soon.
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March
March 9-11 was the first round of the National Formula Ford Series
which took place at Wintom Motor Raceway in Victoria.

Being that I had only been there once before I knew that it was going to be
a tough challenge. I was able to qualify in 10th place which was a goal of mine.

In races 1 & 2 I had been run wide and lost a few spots. But I took alot of confidence
out of the second race because I had to fight back from 19th on lap 2 to finish in
13th by lap 10. I was able to pass a few cars so I felt that going into race 3 I
had a chance to hopefully make a few more and get inside the top 10.

Justin Cotter from Synergy Motorsport set the car up perfectly and I
was able to push straight away. The longer the race went the more confidence
I had and nade a few passes to not only finish inside the top 10 but I had worked my way
up to 5th place.
To say that we where pleased with the result is an understatement.
I know we have a lot of work to do to catch the top drivers but I'm willing to do the work.


Winton In The Books
Round 2 of the Australian Formula Ford Series was held
at Queensland Raceway over the weekend of the 21-22 April.
This was the first tim Jake had competed at the circuit.

Jake was hoping for a wet weekend after showing some great
pace on Friday in greasy conditions.
Qualifying : Dry
Jake was unable to put a great lap together and could only manage
a P12 starting spot, but with rain in sight he knew he could make up some ground.

Race 1: Wet
Jake had a really strong start and seemed to make passes with ease.
He worked his way from P12 to 7th with one lap to go, unfortunately
he ran wide in turn 3 on the last lap and had to settle for 9 th place.

Sunday
Race 2 : Dry
This was Jake's best race of the weekend, He once again made some
great passes and was well over 7 tenths faster than his qualifying time on
his way to a 5th place finish.

Race 3: Dry
Another great race by Jake holding his position and capping off a stong
weekend.
Jake also picked up the Hard Charger Award for the weekend.

Next round is at Jake's home track at Wakefield Park.


April
Queensland Raceway Report
We travelled to Wakefield park for round 3
of the Formula ford National Series.

The weekend didn't start off well with brake issues all day Friday
which had put us on the back foot straight away in this quality field.
Come qualifying we still was struggling with a small problem.
We managed to qualify P12 but felt that there was more in the car.

Race 1.
Made a good start and picked up a couple of spots but didn't have the overall pace
to make the top 10. Finished in P13

Race 2 Sunday morning .
Again was able to make up a few spots at the start and was starting to challenge
the top 10 only to be held up in lapped traffic.

Race 3.
In this race I felt the car was at its best. I made another good start and was putting
in some of my quickest lap times of the weekend.
After a couple of laps I was in P8 and knew I had the pace to make a move on 6th
and 7th. After the safety car my Synergy Team mate had a chance to go for a pass
on me into turn 2 however he had gone in too deep and I had to avoid contact with him.
I had to run through the sand trap which ment that I lost 11 spots coming back on in P19.
The race finished under safety car so I had know chance of making some of those
position back.

We left Wakefield with dissapointed but I know that the pace we showed in race 3 is our
real speed and I'm confident that come Round 4 we can be back where we belong.
May
Wakefield Park Raceway Report