Newcomer Munro makes big impression

Young Christchurch driver James Munro heads into uncharted territory this weekend when he contests round three of the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship at Hampton Downs.

Munro, who is the least-experienced driver on the Formula Ford grid this season, has never raced at the circuit before.

"I have watched the Toyota Racing Series competing there on television and I have viewed footage on YouTube," Munro said.

"I saw the place when it was being built but that is all."

Munro, who turned 16 recently, will get some time on the track today as part of a rookie test session but it will be a very short introduction to the circuit.

"The test will be useful but it will still be tough this weekend."

While learning a new circuit will be an added challenge, Munro has already made a big impression. He has qualified on pole position twice and won three of the six races.

Championship leader Brendon Leitch has won two races and another Cantabrian, Michael Collins, the other.

Munro lies third in the championship. However, a non-finish due to a mechanical problem after leading the first race at Timaru has proved costly.

"I want to get some more wins, be consistent and not do anything stupid," said the newcomer, who has achieved his success without any sponsorship.

Waikato Times