Oliver White hailed a “massive improvement” from his tyres during his dominant double Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford victory at Snetterton.
The Souley Motorsport driver dominated the rain-affected event, taking pole by more than six seconds and winning the opening race by 47s. In race two, White was untouchable again, this time winning by a relatively modest 29s.
“Really good,” was White’s reflection on the day. “I scored maximum points which was the aim coming into it for the championship.
“The team did an awesome job with the car. It was just perfect all day.”
White tried a new compound of wet-weather tyres for the rain-affected event, which he felt made a big difference.
“We tried a different tyre this week for the wet and it was a massive improvement, so that was good.”
While he mastered the wet conditions in race one, White said the second race was just about managing the wet tyres on a largely dry track.
“Qualifying and race one were completely wet. Three quarters of race two was dry, there were only a few damp patches about so, it was really about managing the tyre and not letting it overheat.”
White’s maximum points haul at Snetterton, where none of his closest title rivals prior to the event were present, means that he holds a 55-point lead in the standings at the halfway point.
Although he is missing the next round at Cadwell Park, his form so far makes White the favourite to clinch the title in Heritage FFord’s first year as a championship.
“I’m really happy with how it’s gone. I’m missing Cadwell, but doing the two last ones at Donington Park, so hopefully I can continue this form there.”
One of the reasons for trying the new wet tyre at Snetterton was in preparation for a trip to Spa-Francorchamps this weekend where White will be racing the Van Diemen RF89 he drives in Heritage FFord.
White is also planning to run his Medina Sport JL17 chassis, which he used in a Champion of Brands round this year, at the FFord Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Pearson