North Island Formula Ford Series
Newsletter, April ‘18
Good Morning All,
After a great summer the racing season is now over for Formula Fords. The Historic group had their last event at the Legends of Speed in late March and the last round of the North Island FF Series was held at Hampton Downs last weekend.
So as we head into winter it’s time to think about what our plans are for next season. I personally (health permitting) hope to compete in the South Island next season. In 20 plus years of racing I have never competed seriously in a National Championship or ‘down south’, so before I hang up my helmet for the last time (hopefully many years away) I want to tick those two boxes. I think you’d call them ‘Bucket List’ items.
To achieve the above, I’ll need to give my car a thorough going over, so a winter rebuild is in order. This will take some commitment as going down into the garage on a cold winters night is not my first choice in how I while away an evening. But a line has been drawn in the sand and the goal has been set. If you want to join me in spending some of your summer in the South Island, make a plan and get stuck in.
The last round of the NIFF was held last Saturday at Hampton Downs. Unfortunately only 5 cars turned up (we lost two due to engines issues and driver health in the previous week), 2 x Class 1, 1 x Class 2 and 2 x Class 3. One of the Class 3 competitors was having his first run in the NIFF. Mike Davidson had bought an ‘84 Reynard from the South Island which he originally raced ‘back in the day’ and given it a full rebuild. It now looks beautiful and goes just as well. Great to see a driver and car reunited after 20+ years.
Once again we shared the grid with the Formula Junior group who unfortunately also had a small grid. Luckily the combined grids made for reasonable racing.
Kim Crocker won all 3 races with Tony Graham chasing him all day. 3rd in all races was Mike Davidson going very well in the Reynard. Jordan Mountfort and Dave Silverton completed the placings.
Another great event enjoyed by all and run in great weather.
North Island Formula Ford Final Points
The 2017/18 NIFF Series winner is Dave Silverton. He also cleaned up Class 3. Dave was the only competitor who competed in each and every round including the two National rounds that are included in the series. What a great supporter of the NIFF he is. See points table below
Unfortunately no one else competed in more than two rounds so most of the minor placings went to the young hot shots that competed in the National championship. Second and third Overall went to Callum Hedge and Josh Bethune respectively. The fact the Taupo round had 4 races meant that anyone competing there would have a points advantage over those who skipped this event.
Class One was won by Callum Hedge from Josh Bethune and Kim Crocker. Class Two was won by Robert Toshach from Christchurch, with Tony Graham 2nd and Noel Atley from Riverton in the Deep South, 3rd. Class Three, as said previously, was won convincingly by Dave Silverton with Matt Buchart of Nelson 2nd and Joseph Olliver (Noel’s grandson) of Riverton 3rd.
Obviously for some and/or many reasons, the local participation in this season’s series has been very sporadic and somewhat disappointing. Although there were 26 different competitors who scored points during the season, only 3 entered more than 2 events!!
No doubt you will all appreciate that organising the NIFF Series takes more than 5 minutes of my time and that without the NIFF there would be NO racing in the North Island for Class 1 and 2 cars.
On a positive note, I know there will be at least six Class 1 & 2 cars racing next season.
Historic Formula Ford
Last Sunday I was invited to the Historic FF group’s AGM which was followed by a grand lunch provided by Ron Wilkin and his dearly beloved.
There were two main topics up for discussion;
1 Organising a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Formula Ford. FYI, this is starting to look like a 3 weekend ‘series’ to be held on the last 3 weekends of January next year. There is already interest from overseas for these events. Logically much more information will be coming forth over winter. Contacts for this are Codie Banks, Gavin Aleksich and Michael Clarke.
2, The very busy calendar, which includes 11 Historic events and the 6 or 7 NIFF events, plus events that are not part of any series. After some discussion it was decided that the Historic group would run a 6 round points series and NIFF will run a 6 or 7 round points series. This will give the Historic lads at least 12 events in the North Island to choose from. Additional to these events are those events that are not be part of any series but are great events to participate in. The Historic Racing and Sports Car Club’s event at Hampton Downs comes to mind.
The above will provide more than enough racing for all.
As a heads up, you may or may not be aware that the requirements for Safety clothing have been upgraded and came into effect on April 1st. Some competitors need to have a little chat with the scrutineers at our last event due being unaware of the change. I have copied the relevant parts below FYI, but please have a read of Schedule A, Article 4.3.1 so you have all the information.
Note that the safety clothing requirements pertain to the type of event you are entering, but as almost all Race meetings are of National Status or above (see chart 2), you will need to ensure you have safety clothing that complies with either line A or B (see chart 1) below.
The main changes are that you now mandatory to wear underwear (irrespective of how many layers your race suit have) and a balaclava, both of which have to comply with the standards stipulated in Chart 1 below.
That’s all from me for this month,