Australian Formula Ford Championship

Australian Formula Ford Championship
Category Open Wheel Racing
Formula Ford
Country or region Australia
Inaugural season 1970
Drivers 37
Teams 16
Constructors Mygale
Spectrum
Engine suppliers 1.6 litre Ford Duratec
Tyre suppliers Avon Tyres
Drivers' champion Australia Cameron Waters
Official website formulaford.com.au
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The Australian Formula Ford Championship is a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of Formula Ford racing cars. It has been held annually since 1970, originally as a national series, and later as the 'Driver-to-Europe' series. The series was upgraded to Australian Championship status in 1993 and has been known officially as the Australian Formula Ford Championship since that year.

Contents

History

The Formula Ford category was established in Great Britain in 1967 and two years later Australia’s first Formula Ford race was staged at the Sandown circuit in Victoria.[1] A national series was contested in Australia for the first time in 1970 and then annually through to 1992. In the following year the series was granted national title status by CAMS and officially became the Australian Formula Ford Championship.[2] After having powered Australian Formula Fords since the introduction of the category, the 1600cc Ford “Kent” engine was replaced by the Ford Fiesta unit for the 2006 Championship.[3] The “Kent” powered cars continue to be raced in various State championships under the “Formula Ford 1600” category name.[4]

The series has served as a stepping stone for many Australian racing drivers who have gone on to greater things in motor racing both in Australia and overseas. Notably, 1971 winner Larry Perkins went on to race in the Formula One World Championship and other winners Russell Ingall, Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander and Jamie Whincup have each gone on to claim V8 Supercar titles.

Formula Ford has also proven a popular proving ground for Australian racing car manufacturers. In its early years the series was dominated by Australian designs from Elfin Sports Cars, Bowin Cars, Mawer and Birrana. 1987 to 1997 was dominated by the British marque Van Diemen, winning eleven straight title. The streak was broken in 1998 by Australian marque Spectrum, built by Borland Racing Developments. Van Diemen faded in the mid-2000s and Australian grids are now almost exclusively filled with Spectrums and French made Mygales.

Once almost exclusively the domain of competitor self-run teams, the modern Australian Formula Ford Championship is dominated by professional racing teams. Sonic Motor Racing Services, Brad Jones Racing, Team BRM as well as specialist Formula Ford outfits Synergy Motorsport, Minda Motorsport and Borland Racing Developments all field multi-car teams.

State Championships

Formula Ford has also proved to be a very popular category for state level series and state championships have been contested regularly, these include championships held in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. State level series have served as a stepping stone for kart racers looking for a cheap entry level into circuit racing before moving into the national series.

Champions

National Series

The Reynard FF83 with which Tomas Mezera won the 1985 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series

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Season Series Name Series Winner [5] Car
1970 Formula Ford National Series Richard Knight Elfin 600 FF
1971 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Larry Perkins Elfin 600 FF
1972 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Bob Skelton Bowin P4A
1973 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series John Leffler Bowin P6F
1974 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Terry Perkins Elfin 620B
1975 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Paul Bernasconi Mawer
1976 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Richard Carter Birrana F73
1977 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series John Smith Bowin P4A
1978 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series John Wright Bowin P4A
1979 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Russell Norden Mawer
1980 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Stephen Brook Lola T440
1981 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Phillip Revell Lola T440
1982 TAA Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Jeff Summers Elfin 620B
1983 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Bruce Connolly Galloway
1984 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Ron Barnacle Royale RP31
1985 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Tomas Mezera Reynard FF83 [6]
1986 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Warwick Rooklyn Elwyn 003
1987 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Peter Verheyen Van Diemen RF86
1988 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series David Roberts Van Diemen RF87
1989 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Mark Larkham Van Diemen RF89
1990 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Russell Ingall Van Diemen RF90
1991 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Troy Dunstan Van Diemen RF91
1992 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series Cameron McConville Van Diemen RF92

Australian Formula Ford Championship

Garry Jacobson (Mygale SJ08a) at the opening round of the 2011 Championship

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Season Champion[5] Car
1993 Craig Lowndes Van Diemen RF93
1994 Steven Richards Van Diemen RF94
1995 Jason Bright Van Diemen RF95
1996 David Besnard Van Diemen RF96
1997 Garth Tander Van Diemen RF95
1998 Adam Macrow Spectrum 06
1999 Greg Ritter Mygale SJ98
2000 Luke Youlden Mygale SJ2000
2001 Will Davison Van Diemen RF01
2002 Jamie Whincup Van Diemen RF01
2003 Neil McFadyen Van Diemen RF94
2004 David Reynolds Van Diemen RF04
2005 Daniel Elliott Van Diemen RF05
2006 John Martin Spectrum 011
2007 Tim Blanchard Mygale SJ07A
2008 Paul Laskazeski Spectrum 011b
2009 Nick Percat Mygale SJ07A
2010 Chaz Mostert Spectrum 012
2011 Cameron Waters Mygale SJ10A

References

  1. ^ History Retrieved from www.formulaford.com.au on 25 September 2009
  2. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport > About CAMS > Australian Titles Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 25 September 2009
  3. ^ What is Formula Ford Retrieved from www.formulaford.com.au on 25 September 2009
  4. ^ A quick Overview of Kent Formula Ford Retrieved from www.formulaford1600.com.au on 25 September 2009
  5. ^ a b Records & Stats Retrieved from www.formulaford.com.au on 26 September 2009
  6. ^ Reynard Owners Listings Retrieved on 24 August 2011

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