Sunday’s feature race at the second round of the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship will have the added incentive of the Wigram Cup up for grabs. Twenty-six drivers will take to the grid at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna just outside of Christchurch, with qualifying and race one on Saturday afternoon followed by two races on Sunday.
It is a cup that the Canterbury Car Club first put up for single seaters back in 1998 with Leroy Stevenson (Formula Ford) the first winner.
Not to be confused with the Lady Wigram Trophy which was decreed only ever be run for a top stream single seater category.
Hence for a number of years it has been competed for by the Formula Ford/1600 category.
2018 winner Josh Bethune (#32 pictured) will be looking for his second cup victory this weekend. He currently leads both the 2018/19 New Zealand and South Island F1600 championships.
Other winners of the Wigram Cup include
– Jonny Reid, Formula Ford, 2002
– Andy Knight, Formula Ford, 2003
– Phil Hellebrekers, Formula Ford, 2004
– Chris Hyde, Formula 5000, 2008
– Matt Penrose, Formula Ford, 2010
– Mark Munro, Formula Renault, 2010
– Jamie McNee, Formula Ford, 2011
– Ken Smith, Formula Atlantic, 2012
– James Munro, Formula Libre, 2013
– Damon Leitch, Formula Atlantic, 2014,2015
With the 50th celebrations of the Formula Ford category occurring throughout the world this year, it has this week been reported that ten World F1 Champions also raced Formula Fords.
The list includes: Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Jody Scheckter, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button.
Current World Champion Lewis Hamilton went straight from karts to Formula Renault. Sebastien Vettel and Nico Rosberg both went from karts to Formula BMW.