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Brody McConkey - 3rd in Formula First

posted 6 Apr 2016, 20:07 by OC Web   [ updated 11 Apr 2016, 15:27 ]
Year 13 Ōtaki College student Brody McConkey has finished third in New Zealand after the final round of the 2015/2016 HiQ Formula First Championship in Taupo at the weekend.

It was an exciting day’s racing, with the battle for second and third one of the highlights. Brody had won the first race the weekend before, thereby reducing the points difference between him and 2nd place holder, Bramwell King, to only 53. The crowd was not disappointed, with the final day seeing some of the best racing of the season. It was incredibly close with Brody taking second place in two races and third place in the other. While this reduced the points difference to only 20, it was not quite enough to secure 2nd place. Brody, however, was “stoked” to come third in what is only his third season of Formula First racing. This is his first time on the podium as a place getter in the overall championship.

Brody put commitment and courage at the top of the list of what it takes to become a successful racing car driver, but gave full credit to his pit crew - particularly his father, racing car driver Bryan McConkey - who are a vital part of his success.

The future looks bright for Brody, who, once he has a little more experience, is hoping to step up to the Toyota Racing Series or possibly Formula Four. He said that he is currently seeking the necessary sponsorship to make this happen. He has already had sponsorship offers but nothing that quite fits with his preferred next steps. Long term his ideal would be Formula One but realistically, given the money involved, IndyCar Racing is more accessible. Looking to the future Brody said “any form of professional racing car driver would be good”.