Three wins in South Island F1600 at Highlands for Billy Frazer

| Photographer Credit: Terry Marshall/Euan Cameron Photography

Making a one-off appearance in the 2019/20 South Island Formula 1600 Championship, Pukekohe’s Billy Frazer made it look straight forward setting pole position and winning all three races at the fifth round at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell. Currently competing in the national championship, Frazer (Spectrum 015) took the opportunity to compete in the South Island round heading to the next Speed Works NZ Formula Ford event in Invercargill next weekend.

“Very happy, the confidence levels are really up heading into next weekend,” commented Frazer. “This weekend we went over all the race routine, safety car restart, formation laps, getting tyres up to temperature and so on, which you just can’t replicate in testing. It wasn’t easy at all as it is quite a technical track and the competition was great.”

Billy Frazer Spectrum 015

It was the battle between the next five cars that was crucial to the overall series points leading to the penultimate round in Invercargill in a week’s time. Heading into the round Dunedin’s Cameron Freeman (Van Diemen RF92) held a 25-point lead over Christchurch’s Bailey Paterson (Van Diemen Stealth) with rookie Zac Christensen (Van Diemen RF92) third followed by Jack Noble-Adams (Van Diemen Stealth) and Anna Collins (VD RF94).

Paterson has now been able to reduce this lead to just 19-points with Noble-Adams moving into third place, 26-points further back. Christensen slips down to fourth while Anna Collins holds on to fifth ahead of Dyson Freeman who has moved up from ninth.

“Jack’s taken some points out of me, so from now on it is a matter of covering both him and Bailey (Paterson),” commented Freeman. “The car just wasn’t right during the last race. I think it just got too hot, particularly the tyres.”

Temperature was the hot topic of the weekend with typical Central Otago summer temperatures hovering around 30 degrees. Being the first time a sanctioned Formula 1600 series has competed at Highlands, all 32 entries were new to the circuit.

#19 Cameron Freeman ahead of #75 Jack Noble-Adams

In the first two races Frazer got a poor start from pole position but took the lead within the first two laps. Paterson came home second ahead of Cameron Freeman, Noble-Adams and Dyson Freeman in race one while Noble Adams took second in race two ahead of Cameron Freeman, Paterson and Dyson Freeman.

A better start from Frazer in the third seven lap race saw him lead until the end but this time with Noble-Adams right on his tail. A safety car came out on the second lap after rookie Ryan Low (Van Diemen RF88) slid off through the Bus-Stop corner into the wall. A restart at the start of the fourth lap saw the Frazer hold the lead from Noble-Adams, Paterson, Dyson Freeman and Cameron Freeman, through to the checkered flag.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” commented Paterson. “The car was over heating at the end of the last race like everyone. The car wasn’t great over the weekend but manageable. It is a matter of collecting points which we did.”

Making his second appearance in the series was 1990/91 NZ Formula Ford champion Andy McElrea, competing in his original title winning Van Diemen RF88. Despite several off-track occurrences in qualifying and in the first two races, McElrea recovered well to win the round for Historic Class 3 cars.

Andy McElrea tried to stay out of trouble but still won Class 3 for the round, Highlands 2020

“I’ve had a huge amount of fun, it is good to get back in a car,” McElrea said. “You forget how hard it is to drive these things so it’s a bit humbling. The weekend underlines the popularity of the category and the job the South Island Formula Ford Club are doing.”

McElrea also underlined the importance of the Formula 1600 category saying, “In my opinion it is absolutely critical for a young driver coming from karts into the higher levels to feel the mechanical grip, have mechanical sympathy, understand how dog-rings work, how the suspension works and feel the car drive on the ‘slip’. Once a driver can do this and relate this to their engineer, then they are ready to move forward.”

As well as overall points, the category has three separate Class titles. In Class 1 (post 2000) Steve Edwards (Mygale SJ08) continues to lead from Grant Campbell (VD RF03) and Kim Crocker (Ray GR14). As well as holding the overall lead Cameron Freeman leads Class 2 (1990-1999) from Paterson, Noble-Adams and Christensen. In the Historic Class 3 (pre 1990) Ryan Low leads from Noel Atley (Crossle 55F) and Andy Downs (Lola 642E).

Following the Highlands round teams and drivers now head to Invercargill for the sixth and penultimate round of the series next weekend.

Overall Points after 5/7 rounds (Top 15)
1 Cameron Freeman 443
2 Bailey Paterson 424
3 Jack Noble-Adams 398
4 Zac Christensen 393
5 Anna Collins 284
6 Dyson Freeman 239
7 Ryan Low 226
8 James Penrose 207
9 Simon Spencer-Bower 202
10 Steve Donaldson 179
11 Noel Atley 173
12 Tony Graham 167
13 Grant Campbell 163
14 Kim Crocker 159
15 Matt Butchart 154

Race results (Position, #, Name, Chassis)
Race 1 (7 laps)

1 114 Billy Frazer Spectrum 015
2 86 Bailey Paterson Van Diemen Stealth
3 19 Cameron Freeman Van Diemen RF 92
4 75 Jack Noble-Adams Van Diemen Stealth
5 26 Dyson Freeman Van Diemen RF92
6 21 Zac Christensen Van Diemen RF 92
7 79 Tim Miles Van Diemen RF 92
8 47 Ryan Low Van Diemen RF88
9 48 Simon Spencer-Bower Van Diemen Stealth RF93
10 96 Anna Collins Van Diemen VD 94
11 6 Tony Graham Van Diemen Stealth
12 87 Dominic Robertson Swift SC94
13 45 Gerald Duncan Cheetah
14 71 Phil Foulkes Trident-Palliser
15 53 Robert Toshach SwiftFB89
16 97 Andy McElrea Van Diemen RF88
17 14 Noel Atley Crossle 55 F
18 76 Oscar Noble-Adams Van Diemen RF90
19 44 James Dicey Spectrum 07b
20 43 Dave Silverton PRS PH02
21 77 Steve Edwards Mygale SJ 08a
22 8 Steve Heffernan Van Diemen Stealth
23 56 Andy Downs Lola 642e
24 74 Paul Dold GLH FF1600
25 42 Keith Miller Van Diemen RF01
26 27 Dave McKenzie Begg FM3 FF1600
27 95 Greg Inward Van Diemen RF90/91
DNF 9 Ken Smith Merlin
DNF 46 Grant Campbell Van Diemen RF03
DNF 5 Kim Crocker Ray GR14
DNF 85 Marc Doran Ray 86F

Race 2 (7 Laps)
1 114 Billy Frazer Spectrum 015
2 75 Jack Noble-Adams Van Diemen Stealth
3 19 Cameron Freeman Van Diemen RF 92
4 86 Bailey Paterson Van Diemen Stealth
5 26 Dyson Freeman Van Diemen RF92
6 21 Zac Christensen Van Diemen RF 92
7 47 Ryan Low Van Diemen RF88
8 6 Tony Graham Van Diemen Stealth
9 96 Anna Collins Van Diemen VD 94
10 85 Marc Doran Ray 86F
11 5 Kim Crocker Ray GR14
12 87 Dominic Robertson Swift SC94
13 48 Simon Spencer-Bower Van Diemen Stealth RF93
14 71 Phil Foulkes Trident-Palliser
15 97 Andy McElrea Van Diemen RF88
16 45 Gerald Duncan Cheetah
17 76 Oscar Noble-Adams Van Diemen RF90
18 77 Steve Edwards Mygale SJ 08a
19 14 Noel Atley Crossle 55 F
20 43 Dave Silverton PRS PH02
21 44 James Dicey Spectrum 07b
22 56 Andy Downs Lola 642e
23 46 Grant Campbell Van Diemen RF03
24 8 Steve Heffernan Van Diemen Stealth
25 42 Keith Miller Van Diemen RF01
26 95 Greg Inward Van Diemen RF90/91
27 27 Dave McKenzie Begg FM3 FF1600
DNF 79 Tim Miles Van Diemen RF 92
DNF 53 Robert Toshach SwiftFB89
DNF 74 Paul Dold GLH FF1600
DNS 9 Ken Smith Merlin

Race 3, (7 laps)

1 114 Billy Frazer Spectrum 015
2 75 Jack Noble-Adams Van Diemen Stealth
3 86 Bailey Paterson Van Diemen Stealth
4 26 Dyson Freeman Van Diemen RF92
5 19 Cameron Freeman Van Diemen RF 92
6 6 Tony Graham Van Diemen Stealth
7 5 Kim Crocker Ray GR14
8 21 Zac Christensen Van Diemen RF 92
9 96 Anna Collins Van Diemen VD 94
10 97 Andy McElrea Van Diemen RF88
11 87 Dominic Robertson Swift SC94
12 85 Marc Doran Ray 86F
13 48 Simon Spencer-Bower Van Diemen Stealth RF93
14 71 Phil Foulkes Trident-Palliser
15 14 Noel Atley Crossle 55 F
16 45 Gerald Duncan Cheetah
17 76 Oscar Noble-Adams Van Diemen RF90
18 77 Steve Edwards Mygale SJ 08a
19 53 Robert Toshach SwiftFB89
20 44 James Dicey Spectrum 07b
21 46 Grant Campbell Van Diemen RF03
22 43 Dave Silverton PRS PH02
23 74 Paul Dold GLH FF1600
24 8 Steve Heffernan Van Diemen Stealth
25 56 Andy Downs Lola 642e
26 42 Keith Miller Van Diemen RF01
27 95 Greg Inward Van Diemen RF90/91
28 27 Dave McKenzie Begg FM3 FF1600
DNF 47 Ryan Low Van Diemen RF88
DNF 79 Tim Miles Van Diemen RF 92
DNS 9 Ken Smith Merlin

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. 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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