Icebreaker 2014

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Well, the weather was supposed to be pretty marginal all weekend, and so it turned out – on the day that was supposed to be fine (ish).

Eight likely lads and their cars entered the Icebreaker to kick the 2014/15 season off, and with the weatherman getting the Saturday forecast almost 100% face about arse, practise/qually and the afternoons races went off without a hitch.  Most of the field also did the double in qually, and tagged along with the Formula Libre class for an additional seven laps or so.

The first race saw Tony Cross in pole, closely followed by Peter Boel in his Lotus 51B, and Martin Lucas in his new (old?) Van Diemen taking third.  During the race, Tony managed to pull away from Peter to finish 2.3secs up, with Don Hopkins rounding out the podium a close 0.6secs behind Peter.

Overnight the weather worsened with a swing to a front coming up from the South West.  This meant some heavy rain, and continual showers for the first half of the day, resulting in many of the Historic Muscle Cars packing it in for the day and heading home.  Formula Libre also threw in the towel (something about them only having slicks…when will they learn??) so it was down to the Formula Fords to fly the open wheeler flag.

“A river runs through it” would have been an apt description of the course when race two rolled around.  Coupled with a strong headwind along the pit straight, the race was going to be a challenge from the outset.  After a two lap warmup, the race got underway with all cars safely off the grid.  However it was not to remain as Craig Munro aqua-planed into the Armco barrier 350m from the sweeper resulting in a three legged Lola.  This brought out the red flag, and the race was restarted, albeit missing half the grid as several then took the safe option and headed for the pits to retire.  Tony Cross, Peter Boel, Martin Lucas and Dave Silverton took the restart, but Dave decided discretion was the better part of valour and soon called it quits on the race.

This left Tony, Peter and Martin to safely circulate and make it to the chequered flag.

The final race was run in better conditions, but with one car out with damage, and two off home for a pre-planned beer or three, only five cars took starters orders.  Tony Cross made it a brace of victories, and Peter Boel a brace of seconds.  Don Hopkins registered another third for the weekend.

The racing now moves on to the first TACCOC race meeting at Pukekohe on October 4th.

Pukekohe Controlled Testing

With the end of the motorsport season now upon us, Pukekohe has now reverted to the more work friendly weekend Controlled Testing Days.

May 19 & 26 1030-1630 $90

June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 1030-1630 $90

July 14, 21 & 28 1030-1630 $90

August 3 or 4 (TBC), & 17 (Fri) 1030-1630 $90

September 1, 7 (Fri), 15, 22, & 29 1030-1630 $90

All dates are Saturday’s (unless stated).  Ring Pukekohe to confirm anything with them.

(Remember our season opener is on September 15 at Hampton Downs, so if people are keen, perhaps an informal “Group” test could be arranged on the 1st September (weather permitting))

Icebreaker 2011

The 2011 season got underway on a weekend of changeable weather conditions.  Saturday saw sunshine and a bit of wind, with Sunday really living up to the Icebreaker name with a cold Southerly and rain – so much so, that Race 3 was reduced to 6-laps, and only 5 cars took the starters orders.

Mike Creswell (Lola T342, #7) opened the weekend setting fastest lap in qualifying with a 1:14.643.  Taking P2 was Dave Silverton (PRS, #43) on a 1:15.338, with the ever present Tony Cross (Lola T340, #340) setting P3 at 1:15.358.

Race 1 saw Creswell drop back in the first lap, with Silverton driving into the lead for the first three laps.  However, Class II driver, Grant Campbell (Swift FB4, #46)  soon took over on the 4th lap and wasn’t headed for the rest of the race.  Behind Campbell, Silverton and Cross filled out the top three at the line, with Cross only slipping back to third on the last lap.

Race 2, run under wet conditions on the Sunday morning saw lap times drop by around 10-seconds on average.  Creswell made for a better start to the race, maintaining the lead through to lap 6 where he dropped four places, falling behind the trio of Campbell, Cross and Silverton, as well as Mike Lee in his Class II Mondiale M86S (#55).

Race 3 turned into a wet weather practice session after a group consensus regarding the heavily deteriorated weather.

Fastest lap for the weekend went to Dave Silverton, outclassing the Class II cars, and taking all four bonus points on offer for the weekend.

The second round of the series now moves to the bumps and divits of Pukekohe Park Raceway on October 8th for a one-day, quick-fire event.

Click here for the Championship Standings

Six Weeks ’till Season Start

This weekend marks six weeks until the seasoning opening Icebreaker event to be held at Hampton Downs on 24 and 25 September.   Entries can be lodged at Motorsport Entry.

There’s only some silly games of rugby on that weekend…the Whinging Poms vs. the Revolutionist Romanians, an all Island affair between the Fijians and the Samoans, the Guinness Swilling Irish vs. the Vodka Toting Russians, the Haggis Eaters vs. Los Pumas, and the ever wily Frenchies vs. Us.

So really…not a single reason not to go racing……

The Historic Formula Ford Racing Blog

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The race season is fast approaching with the season opener Icebreaker event on September 24 and 25 at Hampton Downs.  Hopefully cars have been stripped down and put back together over the winter months, and everyone will be firing on four-cylinders come the Icebreaker.

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Happy tinkering for now, and see you at the racetrack soon!

Craig Munro

HFFR Co-Ordinator