Spectrum and Sabre take Victorian titles
With the final Victorian race meeting for 2011 concluded at Phillip Island last weekend, the Spectrum Formula Ford and Sabre Formula Vee chassis have again proved to be the benchmark in their respective competitions. The meeting was the setting for the final rounds of the CAMS Victorian Formula Ford series, the Formula Vee Association of Victoria club championship, as well as the traditional Island Magic trophies for Formula Ford, Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Vee.
In the Formula Ford category, it was Adelaide’s own Sam Power who took the title as the 2011 CAMS Victorian Formula Ford series winner. Driving a Spectrum 011c for Synergy Motorsport, Sam has driven superbly in his debut Formula Ford season. Sam was also the highest points scorer across the six rounds of competition that comprised the FFA club series, but was not eligible for that award, as he is not a club member.
For the Formula Ford 1600 category, this event was all about the Island Magic, with the CAMS and Club Championships having been decided in October. Spectrum 010b chassis simply dominated these Championships; and that tone continued at Island Magic, with the Spectrum chassis untouchable. Driving for Project Motorsport, Scott Andrews showed the FF1600 field (and many of the Formula Fords!) a clean pair of heels in the ELF/Race Fuels Spectrum 010b. He set pole position and drove to a clean sweep of race wins, leading home Lachlan Marshall and Brendan Jones for a Spectrum 1-2-3.
Mitch Martin had already secured the CAMS Victorian Formula Vee Championship, but was gunning for the FVAV club championship as well. With Australian and NSW Formula Vee Champion Daniel Reynolds making an appearance at the meeting, the racing was going to be as strong as ever. From the outset, it was apparent that the dominance of the Sabre 02 chassis was not about to be challenged. Daniel, Mitch and JRD’s Ash Quiddington raced wheel to wheel, with Reynolds emerging the victor in all three races by the narrowest of margins. This let Daniel add the Speco/VHT Mauri Fordham Formula Vee trophy to his impressive list of achievements for 2011. Meanwhile, a pair of 2nd places and a 3rd secured the FVAV title for Martin. After finishing 8th in the opening race, Ash recovered with a 3rd and a 2nd, elevating him to 2nd in the FVAV Championship. A superb drive in the final race saw Heath Collinson come from the back of the field to finish 4th; a 1-2-3-4 result for the Sabre 02 chassis and a fantastic way to end the season!