Updated: Mar 19, 2019
The weekend of the 16th and 17th of March was a very special one for the team. On Saturday, Angelwax Trade Direct in Port Glasgow played host to the official unveiling and launch of the team's 2019 car. Then, the very next day, the first track action of the year took place at Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife as pre-season testing got underway.
The Launch itself proved to be a very successful event as, in a first for the team, a formal presentation was held, building to the unveiling of the car for fans and sponsors who had braved the Scottish weather to attend. A Buffet lunch was also enjoyed by all.
"we're not there to make up numbers"
After unveiling the car, Jordan said:
"So here we are, this is our car for the 2019 formula ford season, the car that we hope will take us to the top of the championship. Yeh, we're not there to make up numbers, we're there to fight for victory and this is the car we hope to do it in."
Touching on the off-season preparation work, Jordan explained;
"There's a lot of work goes on behind the scenes (to get the car ready for a new season), mostly by my father, Harry who is the mechanic... When you're a small team like us you tend to look at season on season where you can improve and it has to be kind of like baby steps. So we look at areas where we were weaker last year and areas where we can improve this year."
Jordan explained that the team has focused on specific areas on the performance side, highlighting work the team had done on the:
General Setup Philosophy
He also explained that the main target for pre-season testing was to focus on data gathering to allow comparison and validation work to take place on these various improvements.
Pictures: Jordan Gronkowski Racing Team
Pre-Season Testing followed the next day at Knockhill and the team were initially greeted with a delayed start time due to snow and icy conditions. However, thanks to the team at Knockhill, the snow and ice was soon dispersed and testing took place over the afternoon, with a compressed number of sessions.
Conditions proved challenging but eventually dried and the team were in a positive mood after a trouble-free day on-track for the first time since October 2018.
"I felt very comfortable in the car from the start"
"Today has been a complete success from our perspective, which is massively satisfying considering we had to squeeze everything into the limited track-time available. We managed to work through our programme and have all of the data we were looking for coming into today. The fact that the weather stayed clear and we got a pretty much fully dry final session really helped as well. Overall, I felt very comfortable in the car from the start and in all conditions and every lap was a great learning experience and very useful to understand how the work we've done over the winte has affected things. Now we have a lot of data to pour over before the first race in a few weeks as we aim to maximise our potential for then."
Pictures: Alex Ireland
The next outing for the team is the first race meeting of the season at Knockhill - Rounds 1 and 2 of the Scottish Formula Ford Championship on the 7th of April 2019.