PI Classic to feature 56-car Historic Formula Ford field

A field of 56 Historic Formula Fords will race at the Phillip Island Classic

This weekend’s Phillip Island classic will see 56 Historic Formula Fords take to the track, racing for the new ‘Perkins Cup’ perpetual trophy.

The bumper field comes as Formula Ford celebrates its 50th year in Australia in 2019.

Sunday’s schedule is highlighted by a parade lap and the trophy race, which honours brothers Larry and Terry Perkins, who both won the TAA Formula Ford Driver To Europe Series in the 1970s.

John Bowe in the Allard at last year’s Winton Festival of Speed pic: John Bowe Facebook

They will present the race winner with the trophy and take part in the parade, as will the likes of John Bowe, Tim Blanchard, and David Roberts.

The latter two, both of whom have won the Australian Formula Ford Championship, will also be racing in FFord on the weekend as will Richard Davison, son of the late Lex and father of Will and Alex.

Several internationals will also make their way to the Island, namely Brits Andy Newall, Don Boyack, Mark de Rozarieux, and Oliver White; and Kiwi Henry Kircher; while Melbourne-based American George Thornton is also in the field.

Bowe, meanwhile, will be racing in the Group J/Group K/Group Lb Sports & Racing/Invited Formula Vee field in a 1952 Allard J2X.

The car was taken to nine victories in the United States by the legendary Carroll Shelby and is now owned by Melbourne-based businessman and car collector Joe Calleja.

Other categories/races at the meeting, which is run by the Victorian Historic Racing Register, are: Group M, Group O Sports, Racing, F Junior & Invited; Group S; Group C & Group A; Historic Touring Cars (Under 3L and Over 3L); Group Q & Group R Racing, F5000 & Indy Cars; Group Q & Group R Sports & Invited; Div 1 Regularity; and Div 2 Regularity.

Racing starts this Friday, March 8, and continues through to Sunday.

Schedule: Historic Formula Ford

Time Session
1105 Qualifying
1505 Race 1
1050 Race 2
1435 Race 3
0910 Race 4
1225 Perkins Cup trophy race

Entry list: Historic Formula Ford

Num Driver State/Nat Car
1 Andy Newall UK Palliser
2 Andrew McInness VIC Van Diemen RF89
3 Richard Davison VIC Van Diemen RF89
4 John Greig VIC Reynard FF82
6 Todd Willing VIC Reynard FF82
7 Jeremy Mantello VIC Van Diemen RF86
8 David Roberts QLD Swift FB89
10 Henry Thomas-Kircher NZ Ray FF87
12 Ian Edgar VIC Lola T642A
13 Paul McMahon WA Van Diemen RF88
14 Steve Willing VIC Swift FB89
17 Adam Berryman VIC Van Diemen RF86
18 Lyndon Arnel VIC Lola T440
21 Tim Blanchard VIC Van Diemen RF88
22 Norm Vesty NSW Zink Z10
22 Glen Woodforde SA Reynard FF83
23 Bo Jensen SA Van Diemen RF89
26 George Thornton USA Van Diemen RF86
30 Andrew Lamrock VIC Reynard
32 Jacob Bonisch VIC Crossle 32F
33 Claire Greig VIC Reynard FF84
35 Warwick Foletta VIC Van Diemen RF75
36 Don Boyack UK Van Diemen RF89
39 Mark Brunning VIC Elfin 620B
41 Neil Richardson SA Van Diemen RF89
42 Harrison Blanchard VIC Van Diemen RF88
46 Phil Oaks NSW Elfin 600
47 Adrian Wilkinson VIC Van Diemen RF89
48 Patrick Mullins SA Van Diemen RF86
49 Eric Bellamy VIC Wren 3
50 David Grant NSW Reynard
51 Jonathan Miles VIC Van Diemen RF89
53 Nicholas Bennett VIC Elfin 600
55 Raymond Stubber WA Royale RP31M
57 Cole Spender VIC Spender Lynx
58 Mark de Rozarieux UK Van Diemen RF88
60 John Van Leeuwen WA Van Diemen RF80
65 Robert Surman SA Van Diemen RF87
70 Phil Marrinon VIC Galloway HG5
72 Anthony Mann VIC Van Diemen RF86
73 Graeme Degotardi VIC Bowin P6F
80 Ewan Geals VIC Lola T644
81 Simon Matthews WA Royale RP29
87 Jeffrey Sorensen NSW Streaker Ford FF01
88 Andrew Nethercote VIC Reynard FF87
94 Paul Faulkner VIC Crossle 32F
95 Will Faulkner VIC Van Diemen RF86
100 Daniel Holihan NSW Swift DB1
117 Craig Degotardi VIC Elfin 600
177 Oliver White UK Reynard FF89
188 David Brennan VIC Van Diemen Piper
221 Frederick Frech NSW Crossle 32F
330 Frank Harris VIC Van Diemen RF86
342 Kevin Kosa VIC Lola 340/342
416 Andrew Barron VIC Van Diemen RF73
783 John Flint VIC Lola T440

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