Pukekohe Off-Season Testing Dates

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Whilst the season might be winding down, here’s some dates to circle in the diary for an escape to Pukekohe for some controlled testing.  There are usually very few single seaters at these sessions, so you can sometimes have the track to yourself!

April

  • Saturday 5th
  • Saturday 12th

May

  • Saturday 3rd
  • Friday 9th
  • Friday 16th
  • Saturday 31st

June

  • Friday 6th
  • Saturday 14th
  • Saturday 21st

July

  • Friday 4th
  • Saturday 12th
  • Saturday 26th

August

  • Saturday 2nd
  • Friday 15th
  • Saturday 23rd

September

  • Saturday 6th

2015 NZFMR celebrating Howden Ganley Dates Announced

The 2015 New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Howden Ganley dates have been announced.  Historic Formula Fords are being invited to form a grid for the first weekend, being 16-18 January 2015.

Howden Ganley participated in 41 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 6 March 1971 following a successful F5000 European season in 1970 where he finished runner up to Peter Gethin.  Howden scored a total of 10 championship points throughout his time in Formula One.

Howden also went on to form Tiga Race Cars with Australian Tim Schenken, started in 1974 and based in the UK, and included the manufacture of Formula Fords.

 

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Icebreaker Results

Note: Clicking on driver names / position / car number will shoot you off to Mylaps.com

 

Qualifying:

pos

start no.

competitor

laps

total time

diff

best time

best lap

1 85 Mike Hunter 6 01:14.936 2
2 91 Martin Lucas 7 00.733 01:15.669 5
3 113 Gerald Duncan 7 01.108 01:16.044 7
4 223 Bernie Hines 7 02.626 01:17.562 7
5 34 Brent Main 6 02.792 01:17.728 5
6 7 Michael Creswell 4 02.820 01:17.756 4
7 911 Vic Clarke 7 03.329 01:18.265 7
8 72 Ron Wilkin 7 03.425 01:18.361 7
9 440 Ian Staples 7 04.130 01:19.066 3
10 48 Keith Jones 5 07.147 01:22.083 5
11 147 Richard Wright 5 09.811 01:24.747 5
12 43 Dave Silverton 1 10.887 01:25.823 1

 

Race One:

pos

start no.

competitor

laps

total time

diff

best time

best lap

1 85 Mike Hunter 8 11:54.103 01:27.530 7
2 34 Brent Main 8 12:07.135 13.032 01:28.441 4
3 91 Martin Lucas 8 12:11.557 17.454 01:29.111 7
4 7 Michael Creswell 8 12:13.731 19.628 01:27.849 7
5 72 Ron Wilkin 8 12:15.732 21.629 01:28.101 8
6 911 Vic Clarke 8 12:27.807 33.704 01:29.974 7
7 440 Ian Staples 8 12:46.120 52.017 01:31.859 3
8 48 Keith Jones 8 12:56.210 01:02.107 01:31.103 7
9 223 Bernie Hines 8 13:06.468 01:12.365 01:33.802 8
10 113 Gerald Duncan 7 12:16.969 1 lap 01:29.215 2
43 Dave Silverton dnf 3 04:43.783 01:30.453 2
147 Richard Wright dnf 2 03:25.602 01:36.022 2

 

Race Two:

pos

start no.

competitor

laps

total time

diff

best time

best lap

1 85 Mike Hunter 8 11:11.660 01:19.289 2
2 113 Gerald Duncan 8 11:14.806 03.146 01:19.760 2
3 91 Martin Lucas 8 11:15.383 03.723 01:20.067 2
4 43 Dave Silverton 8 11:17.278 05.618 01:19.854 8
5 34 Brent Main 8 11:20.187 08.527 01:20.606 3
6 72 Ron Wilkin 8 11:35.121 23.461 01:22.117 2
7 911 Vic Clarke 8 11:37.592 25.932 01:22.448 2
8 223 Bernie Hines 8 11:37.721 26.061 01:24.505 2
9 440 Ian Staples 8 11:49.937 38.277 01:22.251 2
10 48 Keith Jones 8 11:51.436 39.776 01:24.783 2
7 Michael Creswell dnf 4 05:49.931 01:20.341 2
147 Richard Wright dnf

 

Race Three:

pos

start no.

competitor

laps

total time

diff

best time

best lap

1 85 Mike Hunter 8 10:06.107 01:14.774 5
2 91 Martin Lucas 8 10:06.580 00.473 01:14.699 7
3 43 Dave Silverton 8 10:11.254 05.147 01:14.160 5
4 113 Gerald Duncan 8 10:11.349 05.242 01:14.323 8
5 911 Vic Clarke 8 10:15.317 09.210 01:15.170 7
6 223 Bernie Hines 8 10:20.522 14.415 01:16.269 6
7 34 Brent Main 8 10:32.317 26.210 01:16.833 6
8 72 Ron Wilkin 8 10:39.525 33.418 01:18.505 6
9 440 Ian Staples 8 10:39.613 33.506 01:17.833 2
48 Keith Jones dnf 2 02:55.348 01:22.996 2
7 Michael Creswell dnf
147 Richard Wright dnf

New National / North Island / South Island Formula Ford Series

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North Island and South Island Formula Ford Series Announced

All series’ working together for bigger grids next season

Formula Ford racing could receive a major boost to grids with the announcement of North and South island local series, both of which will share some dates with the national Formula Ford championship.

Both the North Island and South Island series will be open to any Formula Ford racing cars, but a variety of classes incorporating modern and less contemporary machinery will operate to encourage more drivers to bring out the legendary single seater racing cars. Classes will cater for all later eras of the popular racing category.

Each of the North Island and South Island series will run over six rounds, with each sharing three rounds with the premier six round National Formula Ford Championship – a title which boasts some of the country’s finest racing names as winners.

North Island-based Formula Ford drivers and teams can double up by competing for both the National title and the North Island title. The national championship rounds at Hampton Downs (February 1 and 2), Manfeild (February 8 and 9) and Taupo (March 8 and 9) will also form three rounds of the new North Island series, with the three New Zealand Racing Drivers League meetings at Manfeild (March 1 and 2), Taupo (April 5 and 6) and Hampton Downs (May 3 and 4) completing the North Island series dates.

There will be a similar opportunity on the South Island for teams and drivers there, with the championship rounds at Ruapuna on November 2 and 3, Teretonga on January 11 and 12 and Levels on January 18 and 19 qualifying for both National Championship points and South Island Formula Ford series points, with further meetings at Levels on November 17th, Teretonga on December 7 and 8 and Ruapuna on March 23 providing the remaining three rounds for the South Island Formula Ford series.

“It is very positive to see a high level of co-operation within the Formula Ford classes with the aim to secure a future for the NZ Formula Ford Championship,” explained MotorSport New Zealand’s General Manager,  Brian Budd. “Formula Ford is still accepted internationally as the ideal formula in which young race car drivers can develop race craft that positions them to go on and succeed in wings and slicks formulas. For that reason MotorSport New Zealand continues to support Formula Ford.”

NZRDL co-organiser and HRC boss Chris Watson was also delighted with the news of a coordinated Formula Ford approach in NZ. “We’re very pleased to be involved in this very exciting resurgence in Formula Ford racing. The category has always been an important step in the career of young drivers and by including Historic Formula Ford it gives younger drivers less of a financial hurdle to enter the class.”

South Island series organiser Steve Edwards too, says the coordinated approach is great news for Formula Ford in New Zealand.

“New Zealand is a small country so one set of regulations for all FF championships is sensible simply so cars can enter a range of events. Currently all four series have their own rules which divides the racing potential of the 150 odd cars in the country. One core set of regulations have been achieved and that is great news. We want maximum sized grids this season. By improving the ‘class’ structure of the national series this has been achieved. We all very much hope the outcome will be substantial grid sizes with purposeful, close racing throughout.”

A Busy 2013/2014 Schedule Ahead

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The 2013/2014 race season is fast approaching.  Much has been happening behind the scenes in Formula Ford on a national level with the aim of reinvigorating the Formula Ford scene in both the North and South Islands.  As Historic classed Formula Fords, we are eligible to race in any of the below listed events; the only thing holding you back will be the bank manager *cough* wife *cough*.

We’d also like to thank Avon Tyres who have come on board again for this season to support the Historic Formula Ford race series.  Cheers to Avon (and Paul).

Avon Tyres Historic Formula Ford Series:

  1. 14/15 September – Icebreaker @ Hampton Downs
  2. 5 October – Spring Classic @ Pukekohe
  3. 3 November – Summer Classic @ Hampton Downs
  4. 11/12 January – Tasman Revival @ Taupo
  5. 18/19 January – NZFMR 1 @ Hampton Downs (and/or)
  6. 25/26 January – NZFMR 2 @ Hampton Downs (and/or)
  7. 22/23 February – Tasman Revival @ Pukekohe
  8. 29/30 March – Legends of Speed @ Hampton Downs

Note that the (and/or) for NZFMR is listed as the programme has yet to be announced

Historic Formula Ford Minor Series Events:

  1. 9/10 November – MG Classic @ Manfeild
  2. 30 Nov / 1 Dec – HRSCC Picnic @ Taupo Club Circuit

South Island Historic Events (weekend of):

  1. 31 January – Skope Classic @ Ruapuna
  2. 7 February – Enzed @ Levels, Timaru
  3. 14 Feb – Southern Fest @ Teretonga
  4. 19 April – Classic Event @ Highlands Park  (to be confirmed)

North Island Formula Ford Championship (to be run alongside the NZ Racing Drivers League):

  1. 1/2 February – Round 1 @ Hampton Downs
  2. 8/9 February – Round 2 @ Manfeild
  3. 1/2 March – Round 3 @ Manfeild
  4. 8/9 March – Round 4 @ Taupo
  5. 5/6 April – Round 5 @ Taupo
  6. 3/4 May – Round 6 (Final) @ Hampton Downs

 

South Island Formula Ford Championship:

  1. 2/3 November – Round 1 @ Ruapuna
  2. 17 November – Round 2 @ Timaru (short circuit)
  3. 7/8 December – Round 3 @ Teretonga
  4. 11/12 January – Round 4 @ Teretonga
  5. 18/19 January – Round 5 @ Timaru (long circuit)
  6. 23 March – Round 6 (Final) @ Ruapuna

 

National Formula Ford 1600 Championship (Motorsport NZ):

  1. 2/3 November – Round 1 @ Ruapuna
  2. 11/12 January – Round 2 @ Teretonga
  3. 18/19 January – Round 3 @ Timaru
  4. 1/2 February – Round 4 @ Hampton Downs
  5. 8/9 February – Round 5 @ Manfeild
  6. 8/9 March – Round 6 (Final) @ Taupo

That’s a lot of racing, I hear you say…which is correct – if you were to attend all North Island Events, then that is 16 weekends of racing!!!

Entry fees into the North Island Formula Ford races are yet to be ratified, but there will be a class solely for Historic Formula Fords (i.e. cars complying with our Technical Regulations and with a COD).  There will also be a prize fund set up, of which all drivers are eligible, so you never know…you might make enough winnings to afford some of those fancy coffees you get nowadays.  Please consider supporting this new series, even if it is just to race one or two rounds.  In this inaugural season, grid numbers are likely to need our support.