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Next Formula Classic Event – Round 4

Saturday August 16th: WASCC Race Day, Barbagallo

Tuning days:

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, unfortunately again, 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

FOR SALE – 13 May 2020

The following were all purchased new in anticipation of taking up circuit racing. This did not eventuate:

OMP Helmet, OMP Racesuit, Simpson Head Restraint, OMP Boots, OMP Gloves, OMP Balaclava, OMP socks

Longacre 2.5″ (0-30psi) Tyre Gauge

All items are in as-new condition having only been worn twice at track days.
Receipts are available to confirm purchase prices quoted.
I am open to reasonable offers on all items.
For more information, contact Peter Nash on 0413 032 654 or makai@optusnet.com.au

Full item listing and pictures here

FOR SALE – 7 Jan 2020

Van Diemen Stealth, RF92
 
Australian Formula Ford
Move up to a new challenge,
Race up the front!
Original Fastlane Prototype to the winning Stealth Racing Cars
complete with
Fastlane 1600cc Ford Kent Engine
Motec: Engine and Chassis Data Logger
Ohlin/Bilstien Shock Absorbers
Spare set of Wheels and Front Nosecone
$25,000 ono
Contact: Sonny Phone: 0415 999 000 for viewing and additional detail.

FOR SALE – 6 Jan 2020

 
ELFIN 620B
 
$25,000 ono

 
1974 Ford 4 cylinder 1600 cc
Fresh engine, new seat belts
Winner of State Championship 2018
Fully covered registered trailer and lots of spare parts
Enquiries to Mike 0437 642 542 or e-mail frontin@bigpond.net.au

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

Podium

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.

 

2019 Formula Classic – Round 7

WASCC August meeting – 18th August

 

Despite the beautiful winter day only a very small field of cars were entered for the August meeting, 10 in total. The WASCC deemed it appropriate to dock 2 laps from each of the races as ‘punishment’ to the class for providing such a small field of cars. Eight, 6 and 6 being the laps allocated to Formula Classics three events. (I shall comment further on the WASCC decision below)

With the recent introduction of unleaded race fuels only it was interesting to note several competitors struggled with starting problems this cold morning, coincidence or just the cold morning air? Hendo missing the qualifying session completely due to a non-starting car. Normal service was resumed quickly however for Michael, despite a rear of the field start in race one. Craig Thompson too started the race day poorly with a spark plug lead coming off in both qualifying and race one, thankfully this was successfully rectified by one of his support team before race two.

Harvey Leys pulled the pin on the event after the first race in protest over the shortened event durations. An honourable thing to do but maybe not the best strategy for the group as it left even fewer cars in the field.

It was a case of the usual suspects for the outright positions for the race day, the result being exactly the same as the July meeting;

1st           Michael Henderson                       

2nd          Simon Alderson                                               

3rd           Dave Turner                                      

Handicap results for the event were;

1st           Murray Charnley

2nd          David Turner

3rd           Craig Thompson

The next round is a little way off at Collie on the weekend of 19th / 20th October but closely followed by the final round for the 2019 season at Barbagallo the immediate following weekend of 26th / 27th October. Not great planning, some may say, having a two month break and then two weekend meetings back to back, but it is what it is.

The 2019 season, to date (7 rounds), has not been well supported with an average field of only 11 cars per event. It would be great to see a strong Formula Classic finale to the season at the remaining two rounds. Come on Chaps, let’s put a few more cars on the grid.

 

 

Commentary

I think the ruling by WASCC to ‘punish’ Formula Classic for providing a small field by reducing the number of racing laps is unfair and wrong. Unfair, as our entry fee is the same as other class entry fees yet we get less laps and wrong, because the people that are being punished are the one that actually entered the event and yet get penalised for something outside their control.

That said, I do understand that only so many racing laps can be run in a day and that the WASCC want to get and provide ‘best bang for your buck’ and that 15 to 20 cars on the track at one time is better than only 8 or 10.

From my perspective the solution is simple, Formula Classic needs to put more cars on the grid at every race meeting. Not only will this ensure we avoid the unpleasantness of having racing laps taken away from us but ultimately it will give us a ‘loader voice’ with WASCC to get better track terms and conditions for Formula Classic.

Over the past five seasons over 50 different cars and drivers have run in Formula Classic events at the Barbagallo and Collie circuits, with most of these cars and drivers still in the State.  Surely we can put on a better show than we have for the earlier part of this season and demonstrate to the WASCC and the viewing public that Formula Classic is a great class and one that’s here to stay.

 

 

2019 Formula Classis – Round 6

WASCC July meeting – 14th July

Well it was a very different day weatherwise from the last meeting, blue skies and sunshine all day, magnificent, no wet weather tyres required for this meeting!

This was the first Formula Classic round to be held under the new CAMS fuel regulation that requires all vehicles to run on unleaded fuel. The WASCC was unable to offer any unleaded race fuel at the time of the meeting so entrants we left to make their own arrangements. Unfortunately Harvey Leys was not able to source any suitable fuel for his Chevron in time and withdrew his entry.

A small field of cars 12 cars were entered for the June meeting, it was good to see Rob Jordan and Dave Turner returning to the ranks with their Tiga Sports 2000 and Ralt RT4 respectively. Dave putting on a great showing with a consistent third place in each race.

In the dry conditions and with his engine recently set up on the dyno Michael Henderson returned to his number one spot with a magnificent 55 second lap in qualifying and maintained this dominance throughout all three races. Interesting the finishing order for the top six drivers was identical for all three events and with only a couple of minor changes in the lower finishing order too.

As with the June meeting the percentage finishing stats were high will all cars, bar one, completing all three races.

The prize giving debacle for Formula Classic’s last meeting was resolved and the points tally correctly allocated for this meeting.

Outright positions for the weekend were;

1st           Michael Henderson                       

2nd          Simon Alderson                                               

3rd           Dave Turner                                      

Handicap results for the event were;

1st           Craig Thompson

2nd          Leon Majistro

3rd           Rob Jourdan & John Hurney

The next round is at Barbagallo on 18th August.

2019 Formula Classis – Round 5

WASCC June meeting – 23rd June

A very wet Barbagallo circuit welcomed the drivers to the June meeting. Wet weather tyres were the order of the day although occasionally the sun teased us only to rain again just before the Formula Classic events.

Unfortunately, again, only a small field of cars were entered for the June meeting, 10 to be precise. It was good to see one new driver join our ranks for the event, Glen Page, driving the Sutol 23 from Neil McCrudden’s  the WARM museum.

Simon Alderson was all dominant in the very wet qualifying session posting pole position by 5 seconds from the second placed car. The three races were closely contested by Simon and Michael Henderson with Hendo taking two wins to Simon’s one. Leone Magistro, Bob Creasy and Allan Ould were scraping over the minor placing, Leone ending up with the final trophy.

It’s good to report that despite only a small field of cars for this meeting all 10 entrants finished the last race.

The prize giving was a bit of as debacle as WASCC recorded the results for Formula Classic in two sections (Historic and Libra log booked cars) and failed to combine the results for the prize giving awarding on the Historic log booked cars only. This was subsequently addressed but at the time it was a little awkward and embarrassing.

Outright positions for the weekend were;

1st           Michael Henderson                       

2nd          Simon Alderson                                               

3rd           Leone Magistro                                               

Handicap results for the event were;

1st           Murray Charnley & Leon Majistro

3rd          Simon Alderson

The next round is at Barbagallo on 14th July.

 

 

2019 Formula Classis – Round 4

Collie Ernie Hastie Memorial meeting – 18th – 19th May

Spin, spin, spin, that was the order of the day for a couple of the Formula Classic entrants on the new long track at Collie. Craig Thompson almost making an art form of it with a first lap spin in each of the first three races. Brian Searles only managing two spins, one in the free practice on Friday and the second in qualifying on Saturday.

Despite this round being the inaugural meeting on the new long circuit Formula Classic only managed to attract 7 entrants. These were the ‘usual suspects’ however a couple of the drivers entered in different cars. Lance Carwardine had borrowed the ex Roland Ratzenberger Van Diemen Formula Ford from the WARM museum as his regular car is still undergoing repairs from last season’s accident at Barbagallo. Jamie Kerkhoff’s had recently acquired a Formula Toyota TRD but due to work commitments was unable to enter the meeting himself but kindly offered the seat to Brian Searles who’s regular car is undergoing a gearbox overhaul.

All the Formula Classic drivers enjoyed the challenge of the new track.

Michael Henderson ran away with the outright round results take all four race wins. Simon Alderson tried very hard to hang on to Michael but he was unable to match the Ralts pace, his only consolation being a very consistent second throughout the weekend.  Allan Ould, Craig and Lance enjoyed a great scrap all weekend for third place honours, Craig come out on top three times out of the four, however Allan made a great start in the final race and held third all the way to the checked flag.

Outright positions for the weekend were;

1st           Michael Henderson                       

2nd          Simon Alderson                                               

3rd           Craig Thompson                                              

Handicap results for the event were;

1st           Allan Ould

2nd          Michael Henderson

3rd           Simon Alderson & Lance Carwardine

The next round is at Barbagallo on 16th June.

 

 

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