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A local Penrith father and son team have taken out first and second place in the Motorsport Australia Formula Vee NSW State Championship that concluded over the weekend.

Castlereagh resident Aaron Pace became the NSW Formula Vee Outright Champion taking out the Frank Kleinig Cup after beating his father to the title by just 11 points. Contested over five rounds held between Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek and Wakefield Park located near Goulburn, Aaron beat 25 competitors after a consistent performance throughout the season finishing every race in the top five including many first and second place finishes.

The 24-year-old has been racing the popular single seat open wheel race cars for the last five years and is delighted at securing his first state title.

“Coming into the last round I knew that the title was within reach and all I had to do was finish every race. After five years I am over the moon to win my first title but what made the victory even sweeter was that I beat my dad who is the current National Champion.

“I started racing Formula Vees at the age of 19 and before that I had no racing experience at all so this result shows that anyone can get involved in this competitive race category and secure a title if they put their mind to it.” said Aaron.

Aaron’s father and current Australian Champion, Simon Pace, said that his son put up a good fight and deserved to take the title home.

“This year has been challenging for many people and to see Aaron put in such a solid effort and secure the Championship after racing was suspended between March and July is a wonderful result.

“I’m not one for giving up and I was determined to fight for the Championship until the end, but Aaron was just too far in front on points for me and the other competitors to catch him.” said Simon

Coming in third was Carlingford local, Craig Sparke, who was also in contention for the Championship coming into the final three races. Despite a strong performance over the weekend Craig finished third with a comfortable lead over Corey Ogden in fourth place. 

Formula Vee is a popular entry level open wheel race category with competitions in every state plus a national series held across the country. The category is the most affordable form of circuit motor racing and provides close competition due to category rules. Anyone interested in getting involved in Formula Vee can check out for more information.

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