2021 Formula Classic – Round 8

2021 Formula Classis – Round 8

Night Masters Race Meeting, Wanneroo – 13th November

A good field of 16 cars entered the Night Masters race meeting, the final event of the 2021 season. Sadly the field was reduced by a couple of cars after qualifying notably Ricky Virago pulling out with engine issues in his newly rebuilt Ralt RT5.

It was a case of the usual suspects battling it out at the front of the field however ‘new kid on the block’ Allan Jones was keeping them honest in his newly acquired ex Ricky Virago Ralt RT5.

Race 1 was red flagged on the first lap after Bob Creasy’s Ralt RT4 stalled on the starting grid. The re start saw Marty Bullock take the win from Simon Alderson with Bill Norman coming third.

Race 2 saw Marty and Bill swap places at the front of the field will Allan Jones picking up third spot. Simon Alderson picked up a 30 second time penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag. This dropped him to ninth place in the results for race 2.

Race 3 was very good to watch with a huge battle between Andrew Nielson in his Ralt RT4 and Simon Alderson. Andrew keeping ahead of Simon to the chequered flag only to lose the place after receiving a 5 second time penalty for a jump start. Leone Magistro who’d been running reliably all day got a puncture in his rear tyre on the last lap and ended up in the sand trap. Fortunately no serious damage was done to his car although it was completely covered with sand and dust.  Bill continued his winning way with Marty second and Allan third.

Historic results for the meeting were;

1st           Bill Norman                                         70 pts

2nd          Marty Bullock                                    65 pts

3rd           Andrew Nielson                                  52 pts

Libre results for the meeting were;

1st           Simon Alderson                                  68 pts

2nd          Allan Jones                                         65 pts

3rd           Harvey Leys                                        56 pts

Handicap results for this round;

1st           Glenn Swarbrick                                     17 pts

2nd          Andrew Nielson & Harvey Leys             14 pts

This was the final race of the 2021 season. The 2022 season will start around the end of February / early March.

We look forward to an exciting year of racing in 2022.

Full handicap results can be found here

MA State Title, WASCC & MSW results here

2021 Formula Classic – Round 7

2021 Formula Classic – Round 7

Rob Janney Memorial Race Meeting, Wanneroo – 17th October

A good field of 16 cars entered the Rob Janney Memorial race meeting. Seven of the 16 entries were from the Ralt marque. The weather was dry and overcast in the morning but the sun broke through later in the day leading to a warm afternoon. The local flies were out in force, lovely!

Ralts on parade

The field was reduced to 14 cars before the first race began with John Hurney withdrawing with gearbox issues and Harvey Leys pulling out after qualifying with fuel system problems.

Race 1 started with Marty Bullock in the lead and Bill Norman snapping away at his heels. On lap 6 Marty, unfortunately had an ignition wire come off whilst heading down into Kolb corner, effectively killing his engine. Bill following so closely was forced to take avoiding action and took to the grass sadly breaking the front left wishbone in the process. Both cars being towed back to the paddock at the conclusion of the race. Simon Alderson taking the chequered flag from Andrew Nielson and Stuart Kostera.

Race 2 saw Marty up and running again but starting from the rear of the grid prevented him from challenging for a win however he did manage to get up to 3rd spot at the drop of the chequered flag. Simon winning the race from Stuart in second place.

Race 3 saw the return of Ricky having fixed his fuel line issue. Simon continued his winning way in the third race making it a clean sweep for the day.

Allan Ould’s normally very reliable Aztec let him down this weekend with 3 DNF’s. The problem appears to be with the fuel pump.

Historic results for the meeting were:

1st           Andrew Nielson                                               70 pts

2nd          Leone Magistro                                58 pts

3rd           Lance Carwardine                            53 pts

Libre results for the meeting were:

1st           Simon Alderson                                                75 pts

2nd          David Turner                                      56 pts

3rd           Allan Jones                                         51 pts

Handicap results for this round:

Libre results for the meeting were:

1st           David Turner                                                  23 pts

2nd          Leon Majistro & Allan Jones                            17 pts

Full handicap results can be found here

MA State Title, WASCC & MSW results here

2021 Formula Classic – Round 6

2021 Formula Classic – Round 6

Race Report Collie Coalfields 500

After a rain interrupted practice session on Friday Afternoon qualifying on Saturday morning was a moist but drying track.

Bill took pole in his RT4 with Simon just behind, Marty came in third with Ricky completing the first 2 rows. Unfortunately Andrew had a misfire that would eventually ruin his weekend’s racing. Lance continued a good run in the Brabham and the Formula Ford contingent was reduced temporarily to 2 cars as John Rowe’s car decided that full throttle should be a permanent fixture.

Race 1 started with a wet track which dried throughout the race. Bill had only slick tyres so this worked well for him, although Simon was flying on his wets, challenging on the first laps before the drying track saw Bill pull clear. The qualifying order was the race order in the end with Andrew just managing to keep in front of Lance with his continuing misfire.

Race 2 was dry, allowing Marty to get some use out of some new slicks to at least challenge Bill for some of the time. Ricky was the big improver, putting in some very fast laps in his beautiful RT5. Andrew’s misfire allowed Lance to take 5th with Craig being the best of the FF’s.

Saturday Night was a cracking event in the Federal Hotel, we had managed to exceed a table for 12 on the Friday but Saturday Night saw a table of 20 requiring at least 4 extra spots. Amazing that we can only manage to field 9 cars but can field at least 24 for dinner at the pub. The RSA v NZ Rugby Union on the pub TV made a fantastic backdrop as we have a good contingent of both RSA and NZ countrymen and women amongst us and the good natured rivalry was great to witness during a high class and very close match.

Sunday produced some fantastic weather, Andrew withdrew the his RT4 as the misfire was diagnosed as a crank angle sensor failure and no replacement part was available. Glenn had an unfortunate incident during his Regularity run late on Saturday when an absolute deluge of rain caused his car to aquaplane off the circuit into a conveniently place concrete barrier. Glenn was fine and his car not too bad.

Race 3 Saw Bill get another great start with Marty in hot but hopeless pursuit. The real action was behind this pair with Ricky and Simon going at it for 3rd place. Unfortunately Ricky spun exiting the back straight chicane and backed his car into the bank. Minimal damage to car and driver but a missed result after a great drive.

Race 4 and this time Bill did not make such a good start allowing Marty through and a race long 3 way battle with all 3 cars within 1 second of each other throughout most of the race. It was frantic stuff with Simon getting in front of Bill after his attempt to overtake Marty. In the end Marty prevailed (just) for the win. Unfortunately Lance struck a problem and had to pull in. Craig completed a very good weekend in the lovely Lola and John also ran solidly all weekend after fixing the throttle on the Valour.

It was a great weekend with some great racing and some very  good company.

Historic results for the meeting were;

1st           William (Bill) Norman                      95 pts

2nd          Martin Bullock                            85 pts

3rd           Craig Thompson                              67 pts

Libre results for the meeting were;

1st           Simon Alderson                                100 pts

2nd          Ricky Virago                            40 pts

Handicap Results:

1st          William (Bill) Norman         26 pts

2nd           Marty Bullock & Simon Alderson    24 pts

Full handicap results can be found here

MA State Title, WASCC & MSW results here

2021 Formula Classic – Round 5

2021 Formula Classic – Round 5
August Race Meeting, Collie – 21st/22nd August

A good field of 10 cars entered the Collie August race meeting. Of the ten entries 9 were historic log booked vehicles, Ricky Virago being the sole libre log booked car entrant. The weekend weather was changeable with a mixture of rain and sunshine which made the tyre choice interesting for most of the entrants.

Sadly, Bill Norman broke a driveshaft at the start of the first race, resulting in a restart for the group and ending Bill’s racing weekend before it really began.

Marty Bullock dominated three of the four races, however Ricky Virago recorded his first win on the Sunday morning whilst the track was still damp, electing to run on wet weather tyres. Ricky had run second to Marty on both races the day before and it was great to see him take the chequered flag for the first time.

Lance Carwardine ran a consistent third throughout the weekend, this was equally great to see as he had been struggling with various issues with the Jane Brabham that now have all, finally, been resolved.

There was also an interesting battle running in the mid pack too, between Glenn Swarbrick and Craig Thompson in their historic Formula Fords with both taking honours twice each over the course of the meeting.

Historic results for the meeting were;

1st           Marty Bullock                                    100 pts

2nd          Lance Carwardine                            80 pts

3rd           Leon Magistro                                   72 pts

Libre results for the meeting were;

1st           Ricky Virago                                        100 pts

Handicap Results:

1st           John Rowe & Glenn Swarbrick        29 pts

3rd           Marty Bullock                                    20 pts

2021 Formula Classic – Round 4

2021 Formula Classic – Round 4
June Race Meeting, Wanneroo – 13th June

Despite the gloomy weather forecast in the week leading up to Round 4 of the 2021 FCR Championship, the weather was kind with sunshine and blue skies for most of the day.

There was a good list of entrants for this event but sadly the numbers were depleted before the racing got underway. Lance Carwardine was the first not to run pulling his entry due to uncertainties with the engine cooling system on the Jane Brabham. Harvey Leys experienced fuel pressure issues and only managed a few laps in qualifying before withdrawing and both of Rob Jordan’s entries didn’t make it beyond the qualifying session either.

Simon Alderson maintained his winning form with outright wins in all three races and also taking the Libre class honours. Marty Bullock race consistently second on the track keeping Simon honest and collecting the Historic class honours.

Towards the end of race 3 Bob Creasy’s Ralt engine breather line parted from the motor liberally spraying oil around large sections of the track. Bob finished the race but unwittingly created a bit of chaos for his fellow competitors and causing a significant delay for the remaining events whilst the marshals cleaned up the track. Allan Ould sadly was an innocent casualty of this oil spill retiring his Aztec thinking he had a punctured tyre that was causing the unstable handling.

It was good to see John Hurney make his first appearance this year in a Durotec powered Formula Ford borrowed from the Fastlane stable.

At the conclusion of the racing FCR put on a barbeque that was well attended by their members, guests and friends.

Historic results for the meeting were;

1st           Marty Bullock                                    75 pts

2nd          Andrew Nielson                                58 pts

3rd           Leon Magistro                                   53 pts

Libre results for the meeting were;

1st           Simon Alderson                                75 pts

2nd          Ricky Virago                                        40 pts

3rd           John Hurney                                       36 pts

Handicap Results:

1st           Leon Magistro                                 23 pts

2nd          Andrew Nielson                               22 pts

3rd          Simon Alderson                               17 pts

2021 Formula Classic – Round 3

2021 Formula Classic – Round 3
Ernie Hastie Memorial, Collie – 15th/16th May

There’s New Kid on the block!

Bill Norman made a great debut run at his first event since moving to WA winning 3 out of the four Ernie Hastie Memorial races in his 1982 Ralt RT4.

Bill moved to WA earlier this year from Queensland to be with his family in WA and he towed the Ralt and his motorcycle engine powered hill climb with him when he drove across.

It’s great to see another competitive car and drive join the ranks of FCR.

Both Marty Bullock in his Chevron and Simon Alderson in his Van Diemen kept Bill honest at the front of the field, Marty beating Bill to race honour in the final race of the weekend.

John Rowe ran his recently acquired Valor FF1600 for the first at the event, John spending most of the weekend acclimatising himself with the car.

It is good report all the entrants ran reliably with only one DNS for Lance Carwardine in the Jane Brabham with a boil over on the dummy grid on the last race.

Historic results for the meeting were;

1st           Bill Norman                                        95 pts

2nd          Marty Bullock                                    85 pts

3rd           Allan Ould                                           69 pts

Libre results for the meeting were;

1st           Simon Alderson                                100 pts

2nd          Ricky Virago                                        80 pts

Handicap results:

1st           Lance Carwardine                              20 pts

2nd           Ricky Virago                                  18 pts

3rd           Bill Norman                                         17 pts

2021 Formula Classic Round 2

2021 Formula Classic – Round 2
Wanneroo Night Masters – 27th March

The second round of the 2021 Formula Classic season was held at Wanneroo Raceway. The grid consisted of 16 cars, with three Formula Ford cars joining the FCR field. FCR also had a guest entrant, James Hogan, from Northern Ireland, who is on vacation in Australia for several months. 

The qualifying session unfortunately saw Stuart Kostera in the Ralt RT4 drop out and not return to the track.

The competition at the front of the field was fierce with Marty Bullock and Simon Alderson going toe to toe. Simon taking out top honours in each round and Marty dropping away from the challenge with an overheating BDA engine in his Chevron.

Andrew Nielsen ran consistently in third place until the final race when Harvey Leys got ahead of him at the start in his Chevron sports car and never looked like losing that spot.

Ricky Virago’s beautifully prepared and presented Supervee Ralt finished 5th overall.

Lance Carwardine’s woes continued with the rebuilt Jane Brabham, having qualified and running well in the first race a mechanical gremlin forced the car to stop in the second race and not to return to the track.

Outright results for the meeting were;

1st           Simon Alderson                                 75 pts

2nd          Marty Bullock                                    60 pts

3rd           Andrew Nielsen                                 53 pts

Handicap Results:

1st           Harvey Leys                                 26 pts

2nd           Leon Majestro                                19 pts

3rd           James Hagan                                 16 pts

Pictured from left: Martin Bullock, Simon Alderson, and Andrew Nielsen

2021 Formula Classic Round 1

2021 Formula Classic – Round 1
Collie Ice Breaker– 13th March

The first round of the 2021 Formula Classic season kicked off at Collie with the traditional Ice Breaker meeting.

It was a full day’s programme with a qualifying session and three races.

Race one saw Marty Bullock and Simon Alderson take up their usual spot at the front of the field battling hard with each other for race honours, with Lance Carwardine in the recently rebuilt Jane Brabham and Ricky Virago doing battle for third position. Sadly for Lance his engine expired towards the end of the race with a blown head gasket and that put him out for the rest of the meeting.

Alllan Ould was next across the line followed by Glenn Swarbrick and John Rowe. John was running his newly acquired 1972 Valor Formula Ford for the first time and he was adjusting to his new steed.

Races 2 and 3 yielded the exact same result as Race 1, very consistent running by all competitors.

Outright results for the meeting were;

1st           Marty Bullock                                    75 pts

2nd          Simon Alderson                                60 pts

3rd           Ricky Virago                                        54 pts

Handicap Results:

1st          Simon Alderson                               23 pts

2nd          Ricky Virago                                 22 pts

3rd           Alan Ould                                       21 pts

2021 Formula Classic Calendar

The Formula Classic – calendar for 2021 is:
  • Round 1+ Regularity – Weekend Mar 13-14  MSW  Ice Breaker   Collie
  • Round 2 – Saturday Mar 27   WASCC Night Masters Meeting  Barbagallo
  • Round 3 + Regularity – Weekend May 15-163  MSW Ernie Hasstle  Collie
  • Regularity – Sunday Apr 4 VSCC Northam Flying 50 Regularity
  • Regularity – Sunday Jun 6  VSCC Albany Classic Regularity
  • Round 4 – Sunday Jun 13   WASCC June Race Meeting  Barbagallo
  • Round 5 – Sunday Aug 1   WASCC  August Race Meeting  Barbagallo
  • Round 6 + Regularity – Weekend Aug 21-22  MSW Race meeting   Collie
  • Round 7 + Regularity – Weekend Oct 2-3  VSCC Coalfields 500   Collie
  • Round 8 – Sunday Oct 17  WASCC T.R.Y. Race Meeting Barbagallo
  • Round 8 – Saturday Nov 13  WASCC Night Masters Barbagallo
  • Regularity – Sunday Dec 5  WASCC Vintage Stampede Regularity  Barbagallo