Mar 20, 2015
PREVIEW: AUSTRALIAN FORMULA FORD SERIES
AFTER a challenging time behind the scenes prior, the FFord series found new stability and growth in 2014 - but most of all offered breathtaking racing all season long. Consolidation is the key this year and a chance for new drivers to take their moment in the sun in a series that delivered us names like Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander. And Whincup. And Davison.. and, and..
The series continues to operate two classes: the outright Formula Ford category for the Duratec-powered cars and FF1600 for those with the venerable Kent powerplant. The series continues to offer a place on the Mazda Road to Indy, with the first-place driver in Formula Ford off to the states in 2016. First place in FF1600 will get a US FF2000 test thanks to Mike Borland’s spectrum outfit.
ROUNDS + FORMAT:
6 rounds this year, kicking off at Sandown and continuing through Phillip Island, Winton, Sydney Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway and ending at Wakefield Park. 3 sprint races per round.
New faces are the dominant story this season with the likes of 2014 Victorian champion Adrian Lazzaro joining the battle this season in his 011 Spectrum. Mitch Martin, Jake Spencer, Sonic’s Christian Morina and Nick Ellen have all proven their pace in the cars before. Caitlin Wood impressed in her debut national season last year and a second go should see her further up the grid. In FF1600, Jimmy Bailey will face a mighty challenge in the form of Leanne Tander, who will undoubtedly be looking further up the grid than merely victory in the Kent class..
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Last year began at circuits where passing was (more) difficult and therefore the racing was clean but hard. This year it beings with two circuits known for being a slipstreaming paradise – the long straights of Sandown and Phillip Island will offer thrilling battles that will undoubtedly go down to the line. Getting through the first two rounds with a good haul of points will be key to getting your tickets booked to the ‘states at the end of the season.
All of last year’s top order have moved onwards this year; Jordan Lloyd has gone to the US, Tom Randle to Sports Sedans, TRS and F4, and James Golding into the Development Series – so it’s clear that the progression from FFord is as strong as ever. It just means there’s more to play for!