2016 Borland Racing Developments Season Review
The Borland Racing Developments squad enjoyed a busy but successful year in 2016. Once again, we facilitated the circuit racing debuts of a number of young drivers, and achieved strong results in both state and national Formula Ford competition in Australia, while also showcasing our race cars on the international stage.
We were also involved in one of the most exciting projects in the local open-wheel scene, the development of the Formula Thunder 5000 race car. We hope you enjoy our 2016 season review!
Nicholas Carroll was a consistent performer in the
Victorian Formula Ford Championship, notching up a
number of top-three race results.
Brendan Jones scored six race wins in the
Victorian Formula Ford Kent Class en route to
winning the title in his Spectrum 011.
State Formula Ford Review
The Borland operation ran two cars in the Victorian Formula Ford Championship, for rookies Aaron Cameron and Nicholas Carroll. Both drivers strung together consistent seasons, each achieving best race results of second place. They ultimately finished the season third (Cameron) and fifth (Carroll), and team owner Mike Borland was pleased with their progress.
“Nic started the season conservatively but he learned very quickly, and by the end of the year he was consistently in the top three and led one of the races at Sandown,” Borland said.
“Aaron was very consistent and unlucky to miss out on a couple of race wins during the season; he did a great job considering he was also racing in go-karts at the same time.”
Ben Reichstein stepped into a Borland-built Spectrum for the final three rounds of the season and displayed an impressive level of improvement.
The Kent Class is always fiercely contested in the Victorian State Championship as well, and Brendan Jones won the title with six race wins in his Spectrum 011. It was a well-deserved result for Jones, whose business, Speco Automotive Products, also supports national series competitor Jayden Ojeda.
Meanwhile, Spectrum enjoyed success in other states as well; Jett Bennett won the NSW State Championship in the Synergy Motorsport Spectrum and James Corbett was competitive in the Queensland Championship.
|Jayden Ojeda finished fourth in the 2016 Australian Formula Series with a pair of race wins|
National Formula Ford Review
Jayden Ojeda flew the flag for the Borland Racing Developments team in the Australian Formula Ford Series, achieving some top-notch results highlighted by five front-row starting positions, including two pole positions, from the six rounds of the series.
Ojeda won a race in the opening round of the series at Sandown, and blitzed the field in tricky conditions at Wakefield Park to score another victory.
Another highlight of Ojeda’s season was breaking the lap record at Winton Raceway, and he ultimately finished fourth in the standings.
Adrian Lazzaro finished the season fifth in his privately-run Spectrum 011, the car that won the 2006 title in the hands of John Martin. It was a fine effort from Lazzaro in one of the older Duratec cars in the field.
Driving for Synergy Motorsport, Andrew Kahl chalked up four second-place race finishes in his Spectrum, while long-time Spectrum supporter Paul Zsidy also drove in all six rounds of the series.
“For Paul, Formula Ford is a good, cheap, fun way to go motor-racing,” Mike Borland said.
“It also gives him valuable knowledge on car setup and it shows that Formula Ford doesn’t always just have to be about the young drivers – anyone can get in and have a go.
“Paul’s driving improved throughout the season and he recorded some personal-best lap times, which he was very happy about!”
Driving a Spectrum for Exclusive Autosport Trenton Estep was a dominant Formula Tour 1600 Champion.
Borland Racing Developments has earned a reputation for being not only one of Australia’s largest exporters of racing cars, but also one of the most successful. This reputation was strengthened throughout 2016.
The Exclusive Autosport team runs Spectrum vehicles in the USF1600 and Canadian Formula Tour 1600 championships, and driver Trenton Estep was victorious in the 2016 Formula Tour 1600 series. His season consisted of victories in 12 of the 17 races, including the two support races at the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The spectacular Formula Thunder 5000 project was overseen by Borland Racing Developments.
One of the most spectacular race cars to break cover in 2016 was the Formula Thunder 5000.
The brainchild of motorsport identity Chris Lambden, the car has been designed to recreate the same philosophy as the Formula 5000 race cars that graced Australian race tracks in the 1970s and 80s: high-downforce, wide tyres, a large-capacity engine and physical driving characteristics.
Mike Borland was heavily involved in the development and build of the prototype, and explained the process.
“The car started life as an American-designed Formula Nippon car,” Borland said.
“Chris wanted to turn it into something that sounds good, is cheap to run, that fans will want to watch, and that drivers will want to drive.
“It has a Coyote Ford Mustang engine driven through a Hollinger gearbox which has been adapted specifically for the car, and the Giti tyres are also specific to the car.
Apart from overseeing the project, we completed all the plumbing, exhaust system, and assembly.
The car has already been shaken down and completed demo laps at a number of circuits, attracting a lot of attention, and several cars have already been purchased.
The Borland outfit is also in the final stages of development for the next generation Spectrum chassis – the 015 – which will be raced by Jayden Ojeda and Nic Carroll in the 2017 Formula Ford Series.
“We’ve worked on making the car more aero-efficient and reducing the effect of the slipstream for the cars behind,” Borland said.
“We’ve also been doing a lot of work with the Penske shocks to fine-tune the handling.”
The Borland outfit has also been involved in building the Sabre Formula Vee chassis for a number of years and it dominated the Victorian Formula Vee Championship in 2016, occupying the top seven positions in the standings. James Dean won the series ahead of Matt Holmes and Blaine Grills.
Along with the continued national and international racing programs, Borland will again foster some of the brightest young talents from the karting scene, with Liam McLellan and Ben D’Alia set to compete in state and national-level events in 2017, enhancing Borland’s reputation as a pathway for Australian racing pedigree.
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Borland Racing Developments
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