MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Formula Ford – Pukekohe teenage Taylor Cockerton has returned from another successful single seater test in Australia.
This time it was in an Australian Formula Ford, again at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria with Greg Woodrow, the Australian importer of the Mygale chassis.
Cockerton, the winner of the 2014/15 New Zealand Formula Ford title, has now participated in three separate tests in the last month as his team start to make decisions on which direction to take his motorsport career over the next couple of seasons.
“I’m super impressed with him,” commented Woodrow. “He is another one of these kids who is quick. New Zealand seems to have a continual supply of really good young drivers and Taylor is one that is capable of getting to the top of the tree”
Friday’s test was in an Australian Formula Ford single seater which has some distinct differences to the car Cockerton won the NZ title with this season.
While both countries run the same chassis and are powered by a 1600cc four cylinder engine, the Kiwi version is a much older ‘Kent’ engine while the Australia unit is a modern ‘Duratec’ engine with fuel injection and a modern ECU. The difference is approximately 30 more horse power, meaning 3-4 seconds per lap faster.
“Of the three tests this was the biggest learning curve for me,” commented Cockerton.
“It took time to adjust to the driving style of the Duratec. It has a lot more horsepower to what I am used to, which required more precise driving. “
“It’s the way the power is delivered. You cannot jump on the power, it has to be progressive. It also has much bigger brakes which required me to be both brave and smoother.”
“Taylor had to get out of ‘Kent’ and into ‘Duratec’ mode,” said Woodrow.
“These things liven up more and he certainly made the adjustment. It was great to have a driver in the car that was able to give us some great feedback so we were progressively able to make the car go faster through the day.
“I think after this experience he would be able to foot it with our top Formula Ford runners here in Australia.”
Cockerton completed over 60 laps in six 20 minute sessions which included a number of other drivers and teams testing.
This was the second time he had tested at Winton having made the trip across the Tasman in April to test a new Mygale Formula Four car.
His second test was back in New Zealand at the Hampton Downs track in a Toyota Racing Series FT50 single seater.
“We haven’t made a decision yet but we are keen to compete in some Australian racing over the winter which could be in Formula 4 which gets underway in July.”