1998 FORD MOTORSPORT/SLICK 50 CHAMPIONSHIP
 
MEDIA RELEASE           10 August 1998 
 
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MACROW AND SPECTRUM WIN FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP  

  
Twenty year-old Adam Macrow is motor racing’s latest rising star after winning the 1998 Ford Motorsport Australian Formula Ford Championship aboard his Australian-made Spectrum 06. 

  Macrow, a member of the Ford Generation XR ‘Brat Pack’, finished fourth in each of two heats at Oran Park to score enough points to wrap up Australia’s premier junior motorsport championship. 

  Fellow-Spectrum racer Christian Jones finished second overall in the series after winning the first race at Oran Park, rounding out an extremely successful year for Borland Racing Developments and the Spectrum chassis. 

  Adam Macrow will now join the Tony Longhurst Ford Falcon racing team to compete in the FAI 1000 Classic at Mount Panorama (Bathurst) as part of the Generation XR prize package for the Australian Formula Ford Champion. 

  Macrow was ecstatic after scoring the 12 points needed to wrap up the title in race one at Oran Park. 

  “It (winning the championship) is a huge relief more than anything else.  The last couple of meetings weren’t the best for me and the pressure was building up … when I finally got the points it felt like three tonnes had been lifted off my shoulders,” Macrow says.  

  “It’s an absolute credit to my team and all the people who helped me this year, especially after our tough run at Wanneroo and Calder.  Our Spectrum 06 was the best car all year but you don’t go well unless the entire package works for you. 

  “There are plenty of people who played a major role in my win … Mike Borland who built and prepared the car, Peter Larner who built the engine, Warwick Long who basically made it all happen, my sponsor Melsteel, and of course my family who were fantastic,” Macrow says. 

  Adam Macrow was the dominant driver of the championship, particularly in the early part of the series, winning seven out of the first ten races until suffering setbacks at Wanneroo and Calder. 
  
  “We had a bit of bad luck at Wanneroo when my gear shift broke in race one and you can put Calder down to a bit of nervousness really. 

  “At Calder I was trying to be too conservative whereas driving to win earlier in the year was what got me into a strong position in the first place. 

  “When I got to the grand final at Oran Park I treated the first race like I had to win it to win the series … only when I knew I was safe in fourth place with some space behind me did I drive to finish,” Macrow says. 

  “A lot of people said to me before the race that winning the title was not the ‘be all and end all’ for my racing career … that people like Jason Bargwanna and Marcos Ambrose finished second in the championship and their careers have taken off … and that probably helped me cope with the pressure. 

  “Having said that I’m absolutely rapt to win the series … it’s a great way to launch your career,” Adam Macrow admits. 

  Christian Jones threw everything at Macrow in a last ditch charge at the championship, winning the first race at Oran Park at a canter before a spectacular crash between Jones and Christian Murchison ended the second race prematurely. 

  Fortunately neither Jones and Murchison were seriously hurt although both cars suffered considerable damage.  Tim Leahey won the race but, because of the shortened race distance, only half points were awarded. 

  Despite falling just short of his ultimate goal, Jones was satisfied with finishing second in the championship after a strong fight back in the second half of the season.  

  “Obviously I would rather have won the championship (than finished second) but I know I tried my hardest out there, so I’m not too disappointed. 

  “By the end of the championship I was regularly winning races and was probably the fastest guy out there … unfortunately I didn’t get enough points in the first half of the year and that’s what probably cost me the series. 

  “Having said that Adam is definitely a worthy champion.  He drove very intelligently at Oran Park and was very consistent all year, and that’s what it takes to win,” Jones says.  

  New South Wales racer Tim Leahey led the Van Diemen challenge in his Fastlane-Bunnings Van Diemen RF98, finishing an unlucky third overall behind Macrow and Jones.  Greg Ritter finished fourth overall, a respectable result given his disastrous season.  

  Christian Murchison won the Avon Rookie of the Year award as the highest-placed first year driver, finishing a creditable fifth overall in the second Fastlane Van Diemen RF98. 

   
1998 Ford Motorsport Australian Formula Ford Championship:  

Final Pointscore:  1. Adam Macrow (Vic) 211; 2. Christian Jones (Qld) 183; 3. Tim Leahey (NSW) 180; 4. Greg Ritter (Vic) 109; 5. Christian Murchison* (WA) 98; 6. Dugal McDougall (Vic) 93; 7. Alex Davison* (Vic) 69; 8. Craig Zerner (NSW) 62; 9. Steve Owen* (Vic) 58; 10. A. Seward* (Vic) 57.  
 

*   Rookie driver 
 

For Further Information:  
Gavin McGrath  
Media Coordinator  
Formula Ford Association  
ph: (03) 9533 4455  
mobile: (0419) 784 797  
email: segalmed@themotorweb.com.au  
http://www.themotorweb.com.au/FormulaFord   

 
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