Hi-Q Components New Zealand Formula First points leader Chris Symon says his Pukekohe clean sweep was a “perfect bounce back” to steer his title ambitions on the right track.
Symon could not snare a win at the previous round at Manfeild, seeing his points lead slashed by title protagonist Liam Foster.
However, the Palmerston North racer re-found his stride at Pukekohe a fortnight ago. He went on to clinch all three wins over the weekend, all of which were settled on the dash to the line with margins of less than one-tenth.
His Pukekohe hat trick added to the clean sweep he secured in December last year, meaning he finishes the season unbeaten at the South Auckland circuit.
Catching up with Velocity News after his latest success, Symon labelled the weekend as the ideal rejuvenation his championship aspiration needed.
“Our weekend at Pukekohe was the perfect bounce back and exactly what we needed after a tough three rounds,” Symon said.
“Gaining pole and three awesome race wins has brought back a lot of confidence in the car.
“It was a weekend full of tactics, and I am proud of how we stood up to the challenges and came out on top.
“Six out of six race wins at Pukekohe this season is unreal, especially in Formula First where every race comes down to the slipstream across the finish line. Seven cars within four-tenths of a second in Race Three is a testament to that.”
One more round and three more races sit between Symon and his maiden series title.
Despite now boasting a 116 point lead leading into the Taupo finale, Symon says he will be taking each race as it comes to ensure he comes out of the last race with the all-important title.
“After a great weekend, it’s certainly a nice feeling extending the championship lead from seven points to over 100.
“We all know that anything can happen in racing, so we will be taking each race as it comes.
“Making sure we get the basics right, put the car in the right position, and aim to come out on top. I’m sure once the helmets are on, I’ll be out to try and win though.”
Symon has fallen tantalisingly shy of winning his first title over the past two seasons and each time coming out as runners-up.
Last year saw Symon miss out a shot at winning the championship when the final round was cancelled due to the nationwide lockdown.
The title has been a goal of his for several years. Chris’ father, Ross, won four consecutive championships between 1985 and 1989.
Now, he is eager to see the return of the ‘Symon’ name etched onto the trophy.
“Dad has been working above and beyond to make sure ‘Symon’ is back on the trophy,” he said. “That is a special thing to think about as it’s been such a team effort.
“Steve King has also played a big part in our success over the years, so between him and Dad, we’re ready for the final round.
“But for me, it’s about doing what I need to do in the car because to finish first, first you must finish.”
The 2020/21 season finale will be at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park on April 16-18.