Promising 2013 awaits after strong season for new Spectrum
As the 2012 Australian Formula Ford Championship (AFFC) concluded at Victoria’s Winton Motor Raceway, Spectrum Racing Cars’ teams left the rural circuit reflecting on what was a very positive debut season for the Spectrum 014.
On a weekend where very little separated the front-runners, Synergy Motorsport’s Mathew Hart rounded out his impressive runner-up season with a best finish of second and a pair of fourth places, while Borland Racing Developments’ Shae Davies posted three fifth places. To underline the competitiveness of the racing, Matt finished within two seconds of the race winner in each race; the closest was race two, which he finished in 4th place, just 0.3 of a second behind the winner!
The 2012 season showcased the competitiveness of the new chrome moly-constructed Spectrum 014 with Hart, Davies and rookie Power finishing 2nd, 4th and 6th in the championship. Spectrum’s lead drivers Hart and Davies both tasted their maiden national series victories in 2012 and each set new lap records with the 014 at Phillip Island and Queensland Raceway respectively. The Spectrum chassis holds the lap record at five of the eight circuits used in the 2012 championship; and a further five of the circuits the championship has used in previous years.
Both Hart and Davies also benefitted from Spectrum’s alliance with current US F2000 and US F1600 champions Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing (CMWTR). As part of the Spectrum Driver to USA Challenge incentive, Hart will head to the USA to test CMWTR’s championship-winning US F2000 car after finishing the AFFC as the highest-placed Spectrum driver.
Davies ventured to the USA on three occasions this year to compete in the US Formula F 1600 Championship Series with CMWTR, achieving a 50% win ratio in the same series that Spectrum team-mate Matias Köykkä secured the championship outright - the first for any Australian constructor in the USA.
With 2013 marking the 15th anniversary of Spectrum’s first ever national series title (Adam Macrow, 1998), both Borland Racing Developments and Synergy Motorsport will each be looking to record Spectrum’s fifth AFFC success, the most of any Australian constructor in the category’s 43-year history.