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Next Formula Classic Event – Round 1 2021

Saturday 14th November: Wanneroo

Tuning days: Friday 30th October – Wanneroo

The end of season prize giving dinner was a huge success with nearly 40 members and their guests attending. The Melville Glades Golf Club gave us a great room for the function as well as preparing a beautiful meal for us too. On behalf of FCR I’m going to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to my wife, Anne, for organising the event at her golf club.

First place in the 2020 FCR Handicap Championship went to Glenn Swarbrick.
Glenn drove the WARM Macon FF1600 all season and accumulated 115 points.

Second place went to Craig Thompson driving his FF2000 Van Diemen with 93 championship points.

Simon Alderson finished third in the championship  

The Formula Classic ‘Spirit’ trophy was awarded to Allan Ould this year in recognition of all his work with Motorsport Australia in developing the Sporting Regulations for FCR.

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2020 Formula Classic – Round 7
WASCC Night Masters Meeting – 14th November

Unseasonal wet weather greeted the Formula Classic competitors for their final round of the 2020 championship. Sadly there was only a very small entry of 6 cars for the event and consequently the grid was amalgamated with the Formula 1000 cars.

The dry qualifying session saw Stuart Kostera take pole position in his Ralt RT4 from Harvey Leys’ Chevron and Craig Thompson claiming third quickest time in his Van Diemen.

The rain came on just in time for Race 1 and this saw Harvey Leys park up his Chevron as he has no wet weather tyres. Race 1 also claimed Stuart Kostera who pulled off after only 3 laps and he did not reappear for the remainder of the meeting. With the top two runners out and Craig Thompson struggling on old wet weather tyres Dave Turner in his Sports 2000 Tiga took the win, followed by Craig Thompson and Neil Woodward in the WARM owned Befa Ford taking third spot.

Race 2 saw the exact same finishing order.

Race 3 was looking like a repeat of races 1 and 2 however the race was marred by an incident between a Formula 1000 car and Craig Thompson resulting in his retirement from the race. Neil Woodward subsequently claimed second place and Glenn Swarbrick third spot.

Outright results for the weekend were;
1st David Turner           75 pts
2nd Neil Woodward         56 pts
3rd Glenn Swarbrick       52 pts

Handicap results for the weekend;
Equal 1st David Turner & Neil Woodward    26 pts
3rd Glenn Swarbrick                     20 pts

See you all next season!

Full handicap results can be found here

MA State Title, WASCC & MSW results here

2020 Formula Classis – Round 6
WASCC October Race Meeting – 1st November

A good grid of 14 cars was entered for round 6 of the 2020 Formula Classic season. Unfortunately the weather was wet, wet, wet and this didn’t change all day.
Stuart Kostera Jnr made a guest appearance driving Rob Jordan’s Ralt RT4, hopefully he’ll be a regular driver in the future with Formula Classic.

With the event declared a ‘wet’ meeting and treaded tyres only permitted on the track this precluded several competitors from venturing out of their garage, namely Marty Bullock, Allan Ould and Harvey Leys.

Qualifying took it’s tole on Dave Turner on lap one with a spin into the wall at the Esses. Dave was driving Rob Jordan’s Lola Sports 2000 rather than his usual Ralt RT4.

Race 1 saw Andrew Nielson, in his newly acquired Loynings powered Ralt RT4, take the win from Simon Alderson with Stuart Kostera running third.

Race 2 yielded the same result as Race 1 but in Race 3 Andrew Neilson unfortunately broke a drive shaft at the start of the event that side lined him from the race.
Ricky Virago in his beautifully prepared Ralt RT5 was rewarded for his consistency with an overall 3rd place for the meeting.

Outright results for the weekend were;
1st Simon Alderson      65 pts
2nd Stuart Kostera Jnr   56 pts
3rd Ricky Virago      52 pts

Handicap results for the weekend;
1st Ricky Virago     22 pts
2nd Neil Woodward   20 pts
3rd Robert Creasy   8 pts

The final round is at Barbagallo on Saturday 14th November.

Full handicap results can be found here

MA State Title, WASCC & MSW results here

2020 Formula Classis – Round 5
Coalfields 500 – 3rd / 4th October
The Collie track welcomed Formula Classic to the Coalfields 500 event for Round 5 of our championship. The weather stayed dry for the majority of the weekend albeit there was a bitter wind blowing most of the time.

A good entry of 12 cars turned up on the grid for practice, 10 regular Formula Classic entrants and two guest Formula Ford drivers from the Fastlane stables.

The qualifying pace was set by Marty Bullock in his Chevron and Simon Alderson in his Van Diemen with Craig Thompson, Ricky Virago, Jamie Kerkhoff and the two guest Formula Fords all snapping at their heels.

John Rowe made his first appearance of the year with his beautiful Lotus 18 Formula Junior. The car sounding very sweet but unfortunately a gearbox issue put him out after the first race.

Ricky Virago’s Collie misfortunes continued, having practiced and qualified well an electrical gremlin shut his engine down on the first lap of the first race and the problem could not be fixed track.

Marty Bullock won all three events but was given a 5 second time penalty in Race one for movement on the start grid that handed the win to Simon Alderson. Craig Thompson finishing third overall for the weekend, struggling with a clutch issue in the last run,

Outright results for the weekend were;

1st           Marty Bullock                                    70 pts
2nd          Simon Alderson                                65 pts
3rd           Craig Thompson                               52 pts

Handicap results for the weekend;

1st           Glenn Swarbrick                                 22 pts
2nd          Leon Majestro                                     21 pts
3rd           Martin Bullock                                    20 pts

Full handicap results can be found here

MA State Title, WASCC & MSW results here

The next round is at Barbagallo over the 31st October / 1st November weekend.

2020 Formula Classic – Round 4
Torque Trophy & Kostera Cup Meeting – 16th August

Well a worse day you could not imagine for Round 4 of the 2020 Formula Classic Championship. The weather was wet, windy and cold.
At the previous round there were 17 entrants in Formula Classic, this signalled a strong return to racing following the temporary suspension of racing due to the Covid virus. Round 4 unfortunately didn’t deliver a big field of cars with only 7 cars entered.

Sadly these 7 entrants were quickly reduced to only four with both Marty Bullock and Harvey Leys electing not to venture out due to their lack of wet weather tyres.

Glenn Swarbrick was also excluded from racing as his qualifying time was outside the 130% rule. This seemed to be a particularly harsh punishment as the Formula Classic group had been amalgamated with the F1000 group and the qualifying time was based upon their fastest time.

Race 1 saw Simon Barrett drop out after only a handful of laps with a major engine issue.

Simon Alderson won all three races, with Craig Thompson and Bob Creasy trading the minor places.

Outright results for the weekend were:
1st           Simon Alderson               75 pts
2nd          Craig Thompson             60 pts

Handicap results for the weekend: UPDATED
1st           Glenn Swarbrick               23 pts
2nd         Simon Alderson  & Bob Creasy               22 pts

Note: half points only have been awarded for the handicap championship due to the very low level of entries for this round.
Note: These handicap results have been updated to full points after consideration and Glenn Swarbrick has been calculated into the result set.

The next round is at Collie over the 3rd – 4th October weekend.

Full handicap results can be found here

2020 Formula Classic – Round 3
WASCC Tander Cup Race Meeting – 11th July

Note: original rounds 3,4 & 5 cancelled due to COVID

After an extended delay in 2020 season due to the Covid 19 virus Formula Classic returned to racing at the Tander Cup meeting.

A good field of cars were entered for the event, 17 but only 16 took to the track on Saturday morning for qualifying as Lance Carwardine had a major engine failure in his OMS in Friday’s practice session.

Qualifying was very close with less than 1.5 seconds separating the top four cars. Simon Alderson taking pole position with a 59.2 second lap, followed by Marty Bullock in his Chevron, Shane Gifford in his March and Dave Turner (Ralt RT4). Qualifying however also took it’s tole on a few other cars, Brian Searles Ralt RT1 had an engine failure, Harvey Leys Chevron had an excursion into the sand trap and severely damaged the front bodywork and Rob Jordan’s Lola dropped out too with problems.

Race 1 saw Marty get ahead of Simon and lead until the chequered flag, although Simon was glued to his gearbox throughout the event. Dave Turner finish 3rd ahead of Craig Thompson in his Van Diemen FF2000 . After a poor qualifying time, Jamie Kerkhoff got his TRD Toyota going well and recording a 60.7 second lap until rear suspension failure forced his retirement from the race and the rest of the meeting.

Races 2 and 3 saw Marty reinforce is position at the front of the field with Dave Turner running second, Simon Alderson third and Shane Gifford forth.

It was great to see Joe Ricciardo join the event driving his beautifully presented Brabham BT6 Formula Junior.

Outright results for the weekend were;

1st           Marty Bullock               75 pts

2nd         David Turner           58 pts

3rd          Simon Alderson          56 pts

Handicap results for the weekend;

1st           Ricky Virago          20 pts

2nd          Shane Gifford            17 pts

3rd          Neil Woodward          15 pts

The next round is at Barbagallo on Sunday 16th August.
Let’s see if we can put out a large group of cars to support this event and the WASCC club.

Full  handicap results can be found here

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2020 Formula Classic – Round 2
Collie Icebreaker Meeting – 14th / 15th March

For the second round of the 2020 Formula Classic season the cars headed south to the Collie circuit for their Icebreaker meeting.

A small number of cars were entered, only 9, and that number diminished with Bob Creasy withdrawing his Ralt RT4 late in the day and Lance Carwardine’s OMS only lasting a few laps in Fridays practice session before detonating its engine. The good news was that despite a grim weather forecast for the weekend clear dry weather was enjoyed throughout the event.

There was an interesting battle at the front of the field all weekend with Marty Bullock and Simon Alderson battling it out for top honours. In just about every race it was the first car into the first corner that picked up the win.

Craig Thompson ran consistently all weekend in third spot until the last race when he picked up a second place finish after Simon Alderson ran out of brakes.

Outright results for the weekend were;

1st           Marty Bullock               140 pts

2nd         Simon Alderson           128 pts

3rd          Craig Thompson          109 pts

Handicap results for the weekend;

1st           Glenn Swarbrick          39 pts

2nd          Martin Bullock            38 pts

3rd          Craig Thompson          34 pts

The next round is the Night Master event at Barbagallo on Saturday 28th March.
Let’s see if we can put out a large group of cars to support this event and the WASCC club.

Full  handicap results can be found here

2020 Formula Classis – Round 1

WASCC Birthday Meeting – 29th  Feb/ 1st March

The first round of the 2020 Formula Classic season kicked off with a 16-car entry list.  It was encouraging to see a few new cars on the grid along with the usual mainstay of the group and few contemporary Formula Fords joining us as there was no class for them at this meeting.

Sadly, we lost Lance Carwardine’s OMS SF/2A on the first lap of the first race with suspension failure. There were also one or two other cars that missed out on a couple of the races due to minor technical issues.

With the absence of last season’s dominant Ralt RT4 driven by Michael Henderson, the 51st Birthday Meeting’s four race Formula Classic programme took on a different complexion with David Turner, Marty Bullock and Simon Alderson all fighting closely for the top honours.

Harvey Leys, in his beautifully prepared Chevron sports car, was a consistent 4th place runner as was Craig Thompson’s 5th place in his Van Diemen FF2000.

Outright results for the weekend were;

1st           David Turner                                      100 pts

2nd          Marty Bullock                                    78 pts

3rd           Simon Alderson                                74 pts


During the off-season Kevin Taylor undertook a further revision of the handicapping system to allow the results to be processed quickly on the day, below are the handicap results for this round;

1st           David Watkins                                   24 pts

2nd          Marty Bullock                                    23 pts

3rd           Paul Barron                                         18 pts

The next round is the Collie Icebreaker over the weekend of 14th / 15th March. Let’s see if we can put out a large group of cars to support this event and the Collie club.

Full  handicap results can be found here

Formula Classic Racing Inc. has recently been created to provide a formal body to enhance and promote historic open wheel racing and sports car participation in motor sport events and to represent Formula Classic with the controlling body Motorsport Australia (CAMS) and with event promoters WASCC, MSW, VSCC and other interstate and international bodies.

The Formula Classic – DRAFT – calendar for 2020 is:

  • Round 1  – Weekend  Feb 29 – Mar 1 WASCC Birthday  Barbagallo
  • Round 2 + Regularity – Weekend Mar 14-15  MSW  Ice Breaker   Collie
  • Round 3 – Saturday Mar 28   WASCC Night Masters Meeting  Barbagallo
  • Regularity – Sunday Apr 5 VSCC Northam Flying 50 Regularity
  • Round 4 – Sunday Apr 19   WASCC Night Masters Meeting  Barbagallo
  • Round 5 + Regularity – Weekend May 2-3  MSW Ernie Hasstle  Collie
  • Regularity – Sunday May 31  VSCC Albany Classic Regularity
  • Round 6 – Saturday Jul 11   WASCC  Race Day  Barbagallo
  • Round 7 – Sunday Aug 16  WASCC Race Day Barbagallo
  • Round 8 + Regularity – Weekend Oct 3-4  VSCC Coalfields 500   Collie
  • Round 9 – Sunday Oct 18  WASCC TRY Barbagallo
  • Regularity – Sunday Dec 6  WASCC Vintage Stampede Regularity  Barbagallo


The end of season dinner and prize giving was held on Wednesday 4th December at the Mount Henry Tavern in Como. There was an exceptionally good turn out of 39 guests at the function, the largest group seen for many years.

Congratulations to the 2019 Formula Classic Handicap Championship podium finishers.

2019 Formula Classic Handicap Champion – Simon Alderson – Van Diemen RF 88

2nd place – Craig Thompson – Van Dieman RF 82
3rd place – Murray Charnley – Lotus 23B

“Spirit of Formula Classic”  winner was deservedly – Murray Charnley

This year’s trophies were made and donated by Jamie Kerkhoff and Brian Searles.

Full results for 2019 season can be found here and the FCR Newsletter here

2019 Formula Classic – Round 9

Barbagallo Rob Janney Tribute Meeting – 26th / 27th October


The final round of the 2019 Formula classic season was held at Barbagallo, the meeting being dedicated to Rob Janney a life member of the WASCC and substantial contributor to the Wanneroo race circuit and West Australian motorsport. The weekend meeting put a bit of pressure on some of the regular Formula Classic entrants following so closely the previous round at Collie with a few of the usual runners unable to prepare / repair their cars in time. That said, 13 cars entered the event and it was good to see a few new cars and drivers in the field.

Russell Sewell, the WASCC President, brought out his big Lola T800 Indy car for the second time this year, Jamie Kirkhoff made his season debut in his Formula Toyota TRD, Bob Creasy ran his newly acquired Ralt RT4 and there were a couple of historic Van Diemen Formula Fords with John Hurney and Ray Stubber and Leone Magistro in his beautifully presented 84 Reynard.

Five races over the course of the weekend took its toll on a few of the entrants with some DNS or DNF’s.

 The outright positions for the race weekend were;

1st           Michael Henderson                       

2nd          Simon Alderson                                               

3rd           David Turner                                     

Handicap results for the event were;

1st           David Turner

2nd          Russell Sewell

3rd           Craig Thompson

With this being the last round for the 2019 season there is a rest period over the summer before the 2020 season kicks off around late February.

The end of season awards night will be held towards the end of this year. An invitation to the event will be sent to all members once the venue and date has been arranged.


2019 Formula Classic – Round 8

VSCCWA Collie Coalfields 500 – 19th / 20th October


After a long break of over two months since the last event round 8 of the 2019 Formula classic season was held at Collie. It was great to see a much larger field of entries at the Collie circuit, than normal, and to see some ‘old’ faces making their first appearance for the year as well as a new face too. The weather was kind for the weekend being warm and bright with a light breeze.

John Rowe was one of the ‘old’ faces making his first appearance this year running his Lotus 18 Formula junior, Dick Ward also made his first appearance at collie in his rotary powered Fiat. Brian Searles brought out his Ralt RT1 for the event having spent most of the year rebuilding the car but unfortunately it was quickly put back on the trailer after qualifying following a clutch failure.

A first time entrant in Formula Classic was Paul Barron in his bright green 2001 Van Diemen Formula Ford. Paul ran consistently in all 4 races with a best lap time of 1 minute 24 seconds.

Michael Henderson and Simon Alderson continued to set the pace for the class with Craig Thompson and Harvey Leys trading outright third place honours.

With Hendo being disqualified in race 3 for a red flag incident the outright positions for the race weekend were;

1st           Simon Alderson                               

2nd          Michael Henderson                                       

3rd           Craig Thompson                                              

Handicap results for the event were;

1st           John Rowe

2nd          Glenn Swarbrick

3rd           Simon Alderson

The next round is only a few days away and is the season finale at Barbagallo, another two day meeting over the weekend of 26th / 27th October. Let’s see if we can make a strong showing for the final Formula Classic event of 2019.


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