ALBURY’S Jordan Boys has defied the odds to finish second in the Victorian State Formula Ford Championship in his rookie year.
In a roller-coaster final round at Phillip Circuit, the young gun underlined his potential by standing firm under pressure.
“My family and I are really proud,” Boys said.
“We are a family run team and only just got beaten by one of the bigger teams so it’s pretty special.”
Boys was fast from the outset and quickest for most of Friday’s practice sessions.
After qualifying second to championship leader, Max Vidau, for race one on Saturday, Boys missed the start and fell back to fourth.
He made his way back to second before the end of lap one only to be hit from behind and spin off the track.
Boys showed his class by fighting his way through to fifth in the second race.
“It was really about trying to get a good starting position for the last race,” he said.
“I was rapt to get up that high.
“It was good damage control from what happened in race one.”
The third and final race turned into an epic with Boys and Vidau clearing out from the pack in a race of their own.
“The last six laps we were towing past each other down the straight,” he said.
“I thought I’d be able to get enough of a gap on the last lap to hold him of but he just got me – by less than 200th of a second.
“We both had pretty big grins afterwards.”
Boys is also sitting third in the national championship which has its last round in late November.