Formula Ford 1600 champion to be crowned at SMP

pic: Matthew Paul Photography

At least one Australian Formula Ford Series Champion will be crowned at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, with the event marking the third and final round of the Formula Ford 1600 competition for vehicles powered by Ford Kent motors.

The Kent series is set for a blockbuster finish with just four points separating Tim Hamilton and Mitch Maddren at the top of the standings.

Maddren won the opening round at Winton after a remarkable recovery from a crash early in the weekend, and was in fine form in Round 2 at Queensland Raceway, winning the first two races. However, a DNF in the final due to mechanical problems cost him severely, and handed the championship ascendancy to Hamilton.

The outright (Duratec Class) title could be decided as well, with Max Vidau enjoying a healthy 52 point advantage over his nearest rival, Borland Racing Developments driver Jayden Ojeda. If the 16-year-old South Australian can extend his lead to 62 points by the end of the weekend, he will wrap up the championship with a round to spare.

As well as Round 5 of the Australian Formula Ford Series and Round 3 of the Australian Formula Ford 1600 Series, this weekend’s race meeting also incorporates Round 5 of the NSW Formula Ford Championship. A massive field of 31 Formula Fords will participate in the weekend’s three races, equalling the largest field for the category this year.

Did You Know?

Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek) has hosted 17 previous rounds of the Australian Formula Ford Championship, with 17 different round winners.

In 2005, the western Sydney circuit hosted two rounds of the series, just a few weeks apart.

So far in 2017, the Australian Formula Ford Series has had race winners from four different Australian states (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia), as well as New Zealand.

Australian Formula Ford Series

Top 10 Points (after Round 4 of 6)

1. Max Vidau – 177
2. Jayden Ojeda – 125
3. Hunter McElrea – 119
4. Cameron Shields – 111
5. Cooper Murray – 108
6. Liam McLellan – 83
7. Nathan Herne – 72.5
8. Harrison Jones – 61
9. Jordan Boys – 55.5
10. Zac Soutar – 55.5

Australian Formula Ford 1600 Series

Top 5 Points (after Round 2 of 3)

1. Tim Hamilton – 82
2. Mitch Maddren – 78
3. Karla Curtis – 44
4. Kane Coleman – 30
=5. James Corbett – 24
=5. Jimmy Bailey – 24

Australian Formula Ford Series – Sydney Motorsport Park Round Winners

1993 – Steven Ellery
1995 – Jason Bright
1996 – Rich Fowler
1997 – Marcos Ambrose
1999 – Stuart McColl
2000 – Nick Agland
2001 – Will Power
2003 – Tony Pugliese
2004 – James Small
2005 (1) – David Sieders
2005 (2) – Shane Price
2007 – Ashley Walsh
2008 – Brad Lowe
2011 – Cameron Waters
2014 – Thomas Randle
2015 – Cameron Hill
2016 – Will Brown