Frustration as Mills misses out

PUBLISHED: 11:56 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:56 07 August 2013

Connor Mills had a frustrating time at Snetterton (Pic:

Connor Mills had a frustrating time at Snetterton (Pic:

Technical issues hamper Upminster youngster

It was a frustrating weekend for Upminster’s Connor Mills as technical issues with his car hampered his performance at the Formula Ford Championship event in Norfolk.

Mills turned up to the Snetterton circuit full of hope but that was soon tested as he endured a tough qualifying session with his engine struggling.

He missed the first race of the weekend while his team fitted his car with a new engine.

After thinking his troubles may be behind him, the Upminster lad was then beset by electrical difficulties forcing him to start from the pit lane in the second race.

Just when he thought things could not get any worse he suffered an oil leak from the new engine and in the final race of the meet.

Despite the horrendous luck he suffered Mills remained upbeat after the event and was happy with his performance.

“I showed good pace in the (second) race and my lap times kept improving which was pleasing,” he said.

“In the last race we had a bad start but I managed to gain a position on the second corner but then unfortunately I suffered an oil leak which led to an early retirement.”

Mills began the season racing saloon cars in the Ginetta Junior Championship but moved to Formula ford as he felt the single-seaters suited his karting background.

“I feel more comfortable in the Ford and I would like a podium by the end of the year.”

If his luck returns Mills may well achieve his wish before the season is out.

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