Billy Frazer: A young man on a mission

| Photographer Credit: Terry Marshall/Euan Cameron Photography

He’s a determined young driver with a specific goal in mind. Seventeen-year-old Billy Frazer from Pukekohe is currently competing in the 2019/20 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship but is already looking for the jump up to the next level.

“My goal has always been to run in the Toyota Racing Series and I am really excited about the options ahead for me. In saying that, I am really focused on the national Formula Ford championship.”

Prior to this season the high school student started his motorsport career in karting. After four years he moved to Formula First.

“That was really enjoyable for me. I did two full championships in that, finishing third in the second one. Now we have moved into Formula Ford.”

Frazer competed over the weekend in the fifth round of the South Island Formula 1600 Championship at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell as a lead up to this weekend’s national round in Invercargill. He proved unbeatable setting fastest lap in qualifying and winning all three races.

“It’s my first time racing in the South Island. We are here for the next round of the nationals at Teretonga (Invercargill) and also decided to compete at the South Island Formula 1600 Championship round at Highlands (Motorsport Park).

“We had a couple of days testing at Teretonga, my first time there. A very, very exciting track. Even though you only have four braking zones, I think to find those extra tenths it is quite a difficult track to get to that knife edge and get that competitive lap time.”

So what is the difference stepping up from kartsport to Formula Ford?

“The speed is the first thing. Coming out of karting into Formula racing you learn to use three pedals (gears) with an H- pattern (gearbox). The race craft is different to karting particularly with the speed.

“I’ve definitely learned heaps competing in Formula Ford. There are some great competitors so it is pretty full on. At Pukekohe (first round of NZFF) I got two wins while at the second round (Manfeild) I didn’t really show my full potential.

And the thought of being on the TRS grid in 2021?

“It is going to be a step up to TRS but I will be ready for it. I’m making the most of Formula ford at the moment and getting a good base for the future.”

Billy Frazer

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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