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Asher Johnston Formula VEE Racing - Sponsorship by Exhaust Technology

Asher Johnston
Driver Profile:
Asher began racing Go-Karts at age 12 in South Australia. Running in the Junior National class, he quickly asserted himself as a front runner, finishing on the podium in only his second race.

2001 saw Asher win his first SA State championship. This was followed by the graduation to Seniors in 2002 to run in the Ford Racing Australia Road King Karting Series, where he finished 2nd overall. Also that year, Asher took out another SA State Title, and was Club Champion.

In 2003 Asher won the City of Adelaide Titles before moving to Superkarts, where he claimed 3rd on his first outing. He then won 6 out of 7 races at the "Power Tour" support races held at Mallala. This attracted the interest of "ELF Car Club". (Entry Level Formula) Asher tested a Formula Vee 1600 car before moving into the class in late 2003, where again he achieved a podium finish on his first outing, and claimed pole position and 2nd overall at his second meeting.

In 2004 Asher was a member of the CAMS Driver Development Program. This included 2 camps at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, and a test drive with a leading Formula Ford Team at Sandown International Raceway.

At the 2005 Clipsal 500 Asher made his Formula Ford debut as a part of the G-Force Mygale Australia Team. In an ageing car, and with limited testing time, he finished 16th in the 32 car field. Asher's Formula Vee results in 05 included winning the Victorian State Titles, the Multi-State Challenge, ORCC Driver of the Year, FVASA Club Championship, and runner up in the South Australian State Titles, 40th Anniversary Title. This list of achievements was acknowledged by CAMS, presenting Asher with an "Outstanding Achievement Award".

These performances resulted in Asher being offered a full time seat in a Formula Ford with the G-Force team, as their Victorian State Series driver for 2006.

After finishing 3rd in the Victorian Formula Ford state series, a brief appearance at National Formula Ford occurred in 2007, before a 12 month break due to lack of funding. In 2009 Asher will compete again in Formula Vee in a family run and self funded team, with the support of English based chassis manufacturer, GAC.

Personal Facts:

DOB: 3rd February 1986
Height: 192cm
Weight: 65kg
Place of Birth: Adelaide, SA
Marital Status: Single

On Track Facts:

First Ever Race: Go-Kart Race, Bolivar South Australia, 1999
First Race Car: Formula Vee 1600, Scorpion Mk2
First Racing Number: 18
First Win: Go-Kart Race, Whyalla South Australia, 2000
Racing Goals: To race at my best every time I go out onto the track.
Racing Heros: Nigel Mansell, Craig Lowndes, and Gil deFerran all for the same reasons; they all are/were smooth, aggressive, smart, fair drivers.

Significance of helmet design: It's gone through a few developments over the years, but I wanted something that was easily recognisable and would stand out. The blue, red and yellow in it are the South Australian colours, and the 3 bars signify rising or moving up.

Favourite Track: I love street circuits, so the Clipsal track is one of my favourites. It's a great layout, bumpy, tight, and no room for error. I also enjoy Sandown. It's a track you can really attack, and the run over the top of the hill and down into Dandynong Road Corner is fantastic!

High Point in Career to date: Making my Formula Ford debut in front of a hometown crowd at Clipsal 2005, Winning the 2005 Victorian State Titles and being apart of the CAMS DDP in 2004

Low Point in Career to date: Hitting oil and ending up in the wall at Mallala. (Formula Vee, 2005)

Best Advice Received: "Make sure you are always looking to improve yourself" Ross Bentley

 

 
More photos check out Asher's Website: www.asherjohnston.com.au



 

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