Bailey Paterson impressed the team, sponsors and spectators this weekend on his debut in the Formula 1600.

After a successful campaign last season taking out the Mini7 National Championship, the team decided it was time to put together a campaign for the Formula 1600 South Island Championship.

This weekend (28/29 October 2017) Ruapuna hosted the Speed Festival which included the first round of the Formula 1600 South Island Championship. Paterson looked fast from the moment he hit the track on Friday practice, finishing the day at the top of the time sheets. He backed up this pace to put it on P3 in qualifying. Race 1 saw Paterson launch his car off the line and into 1st position which he maintained until the chequered flag.

Both race 2 and 3 ended with 2nd place finishes behind seasoned campaigner Jordan Michels. Both races saw Paterson launching off the line well and battling for the lead throughout. The races consisted of action packed passing, oil on the track and the occasional off track excursion. However, Paterson brought the car back straight and with strong finishes.

Paterson ended the weekend 2nd overall and performed extremely well on his Formula 1600 debut. The next round will be hosted in Timaru on November 11th. Paterson will be after another strong finish to state his position in the championship.

Report by: Virtual Ideas Marketing and Design