Representatives of the South Island Formula Ford Club and the new Career Racing concept have recently met and agreed on a way forward with regard to future national Formula 1600 Championships.
Career Racing has the concept of providing lease Formula 16000 Spectrum’s to young drivers, not to dissimilar to the Toyota Racing ‘arrive and drive’ concept. They currently have a Spectrum 015 in the country which is entered in this weekend’s opening round of the 2018/19 NZ F1600 Championship at Timaru International Raceway, with Tom Alexander as the driver.
Originally there appeared to be discussion of a large number of new Spectrums being being brought into the country and raced at the Speedworks meetings. It had been suggested that the group would take on the responsibility of organising the national series, within the Speedworks summer series.
However, there has been much debate and discussion and the following points were agreed on by both parties that sees a positive way forward, particularly for Career Racing to develop their concept within the current framework.
1/ The South Island Formula Ford Club will continue to organise the national series
2/ All cars entered for a national round will be entitled to score championship points
3/ For any particular season Schedule F will apply to all cars.
With these three objectives, it brings continuity to the current organising of the national series (through the South Island Formula Ford Club, without being disruptive. While the Career Racing Spectrums will compete within the current regulations, there are many downstream benefits to the F1600 community including more new cars coming into the country.
This weekend the opening round of the NZ F1600 Championship gets underway with 24 cars lining up on the grid at Timaru International Raceway. (See preview here)