2023 Formula Classic – Round 4

Ernie Hastie Memorial – Collie Motorplex 14th May

There were a small field of entrants for the fourth round of the 2023 Formula Classic season. Sadly, many of our usual Formula Atlantic entrants were out still waiting on engine parts / repairs for their BDA’s.  

Qualifying was a very sad affair for Andrew Gifford and his March finding the wall in the “bowling alley” on the very first lap. Lance Carwardine only managed a few laps in qualifying too with a right rear puncture and Ricky Virago also only managed a few laps as well with a blocked air filter.

It was good to see Bruce Mitchell out in his Reynard FF2000, his first outing in the car for some time.

Race one saw Bill Norman on pole, the only BDA powered car running at the event, with Jamie Kerkhoff alongside him. Third was Brian Searles in his Ralt RT1. The race finishing in the same order but with Ricky Virago getting past Brian’s Ralt to claim third spot.

Race two saw Lance back on the grid with his rear tyre repaired. Despite him starting rear of the grid it didn’t take him too long to get up to third spot. The three Formula Ford drivers in our group all were having a great battle mid pack trading places along the way.

Race 3 saw Bill out front with Jamie and Lance in hot pursuit and the rest of the group following in their wake.

Outright results for the meeting were;

1st           Bill Norman                                                         75 pts

2nd          Jamie Kerkhoff                                                 60 pts

3rd           Ricky Virago                                                        52 pts

Handicap results for this round;

1st           Glenn Swarbrick                           28 pts

2nd          Ricky Virago                           27 pts

3rd           Bruce Mitchell                                                     21 pts

The next round is at Wanneroo Park on Saturday 10th June.

Full handicap results can be found here

MA State Title, WASCC & MSW results here