2014-2015 Season Wrap

Better late than never, as they say!!

This wrap-up has been sitting in the draft pile on the website for a week or ten too long, so apologies to everyone for not getting my A into G and hitting the “publish” button.

So without any further delay…drum roll please….

This seasons victors and recipients of a F1 test with Manor F1 (OK, maybe that last bit is a little bit untrue), are Ron Wilkin and Gavin Aleksich in Class 1 and 2 respectively.

Whilst not taking away a victory this season, Ron has plugged away at the top, or near the top from start to finish this past season and was able to amass a decent haul of points to see him better long time racer Phil Foulkes by 14 points, even with Phil phoning a friend in the last race to try and overcome the points gap.  A happy third was first season veteran Keith Mainland.

Class 2 was headed this season by first season veteran Gavin Aleksich taking his Mondiale into the top weekend points on several occasions.  The ever fast Tony Graham was second, and Lindsay Porter took home third place laurels.

Congrats to everyone that raced this season!!

Avon Race Tyres

There was a recent thread on Apexspeed.com regarding Avon ACB9 tyres being available in three compounds.

The NZ distributor of Avon tyres in New Zealand, Paul Dold of Dold Industries has recently returned from Avon HQ and confirms that the reports out of the US were misleading and perhaps inaccurate.

Avon ACB9 in A25 compound  is the official FIA approved tyre for all European Classic Formula Ford events and in fact is used in most countries throughout the world. I believe also in Australia. – Paul Dold

Avon tyres have only been, and will continue to only be available in one compound, to generate a level playing field, so far as tyres go.  The only compound that will be available in New Zealand for Historic Formula Ford Racing is the A25 compound, and is the more durable of the two compounds available for the ACB9.

The thread on Apexspeed.com mentioned an A29 compound, that rumour had it, was manufactured to be identical to the Dunlop CR82.  However, this is not the case.

A29 compound is very hard and was originally designed for school cars in Italy. It is recommended for saloon car circuit slick applications. Its intended use was never for Classic Formula Ford racing. Of course you could use this compound and it would last a very long time. Problem being you will not have a lot of grip. The apparent savings could be false economy as the possibility of hanging the car on the fence could prove to be a lot more expensive. – Paul Dold

Historic Formula Ford Racing will continue to accept the use of the Dunlop CR82, the Avon ACB9 (preferred Class 1) and the Avon ACB10 (preferred Class 2).

Avon ACB 9