Welcome this is the website for The Formula Ford North Island Championship
NZRDL is excited to bring you this new Formula Ford Series. The series will be promoted by the NZRDL, a division of HRC that promotes non classic race meetings and classes.
The NZRDL Formula Ford Championship will combine modern and historic Formula Fords, but the Historic Racing Club Inc. will continue to support and provide race meetings for the Avon Tyres Historic Formula Ford Championship.
For a number of years HRC has been concerned about the decline of Formula Ford racing at a National level, but with this new initiative of combining the historic and modern, it means that the class has larger fields which should lead to a resurgence in Formula Ford Racing. The bonus for Historic Formula Ford is that they get the opportunity to play in both classes and get more racing.
The first meeting for the NZRDL North Island FF Championship is a non-championship round for competitors at the high profile V8 SuperTourers meetin g at Hampton Downs on the 28th /29th September.
Entry fees will be at the normal NZRDL/HRC rate.
This coming season will see a number of positive changes introduced to the class in a major attempt to reduce costs, create certainty for competitors/sponsors and build up grids to over twenty cars.
With Motorsport NZ approval the series will now be run by the successful South Island Formula Ford Club which will take over the running from the New Zealand Formula Ford Association (NZFFA). Both organisations have been working together for this outcome and to promote more FF racing.
Key to its future success is giving certainty to drivers and teams, particularly with regard to rules, tyres and engines, but also ongoing events and promotion.
Included in this ‘certainty’ are the following:
- There will be a five year moratorium for the current Ford 1600 Kent engine with a review to take place in 2016.
- Current championship rules will remain the same with minor exceptions to facilitate the necessary changes for the revamped series to take place.
- Three classes will compete
- A national championship will take place in both the North and South Islands
- The Ace Hire South Island Formula Ford Championship will run independently but within the national championship South Island rounds.
-The NZRDL North Island Championship will run independently but within the national championship North Island rounds.
- A new national championship for Historic Formula Ford will be included for cars that comply with the regulations. This will be known as Class 3 in the articles.
- ACB 9 and Dunlop’s for Historic and ACB 10 tyre for National cars
Series coordinator Steve Edwards from Rangiora is very enthusiastic about the initiative and what it means for single seater racing in NZ. “We are absolutely committed to increasing grid sizes with lots of cars, great racing and a spectacle for fans.”
“The regulations are already written along with the articles and that is it. Now drivers and teams can make plans for several seasons.”
National championship weekends will now involve only two days – Saturday and Sunday. No testing will take place at circuits during the week preceding the championship meeting except where a driver has not driven at this track before. This decision is designed to reduce costs for competitors. Practice, qualifying and race 1 will take place on the Saturday of a race weekend with two more races on the Sunday.
Edwards says that so far this new initiative has been positively received and now it is important to get the message out to drivers and teams.
He also says that a significant number of high profile sponsors now wish to be involved and these will be announced shortly.
Those wanting to find out more information for the National or South Island championship can contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the NZRDL North Island Formula Ford Championship contact Chris Watson email@example.com 0274 827542