Callum Crawley has taken back to back titles in the 2019/20 North Island Formula Ford Series after organisers made the decision to cancel the final two rounds and call the series. Despite leading most of the season, Crawley narrowly edged out runner up Billy Frazer by four-points, with Ronan Murphy in third place.
The unfortunate decision to call the series was made in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding when racing will resume in New Zealand. Unfortunately, this means that both fifth and sixth rounds scheduled for Taupo and Pukekohe respectively, have been cancelled.
Runner up Billy Frazer had taken the points lead following the opening round at Pukekohe Park Raceway, yet a superb second round for Crawley resulted in the Manawatu teen leap-frogging his fellow Spectrum driver. A string of consistent results at the top in round 3 and 4 ensured Crawley would maintain the lead and fend off Frazer’s strong challenge by a mere four- points. Ronan Murphy had a strong opening trio of rounds to hold third in the standings, despite missing the last round.
Manawatu’s rookie Thomas Boniface had an impressive debut in the second and third rounds, capturing numerous race wins and podiums to sit fourth in the standings. Cameron Tanner completed the top five after a difficult campaign for the Class 2 driver. The top 10 were rounded out by Kim Crocker, Martin Lucas, Jordan Mountfort, Tony Graham and Alex Hawley.
NIFF organisers now turn their attention to the future and the 2020/2021 season. Building on some key strengths of the class, the coming season is set to be NIFF’s biggest yet.
With an official test day planned for August and the series likely to start in September, the committee is dedicated to boosting the exposure of Formula Ford in New Zealand as a whole by injecting new drivers and partners into the club.
Numerous opportunities are being worked on that will assist new drivers into the class. Formula Ford may have been out of reach to some in the past, but the series will aim to provide cost-effective and competitive racing for Formula Ford’s of all ages and skill-sets. This ensures that any type of car, built either in 1969 or 2020 will be welcome, and all ranges of driver skill sets, from the next Brendon Hartley or Shane Van Gisbergan, to the friendly neighbour next door looking for a great day’s motoring. Head to the North Island Formula Ford Facebook page for more details