Believe it or not, but the first race of the new season is only four months away this weekend. And everyone knows that the older one gets, the quicker the year flies by, so before you know it, that time that you thought you had to fix this or that on the car will all be gone.
The latest DRAFT issue of the race calendar can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post. Please note that Formula Fords WILL be on the race programme for BOTH weekends of the NZ Festival of Motorsport celebrating Denny Hulme.
As part of the Denny Hulme festival it is hoped that there will be an overseas contingent coming to race in the Historic Formula Ford class with the “Internationals” getting their first taste of NZ motor racing at the Taupo event on the weekend prior – so three weekends to mark down as ones to compete in.
As per previous years, the HRSCC Picnic at the Taupo Club Track is a non-championship, non-stress, non-gridded, non-timed event just for a bit of fun and, well, time for a picnic.
A FINAL issue of the race calendar will be issued on 1st September. Any events added after this date will be non-championship, just-for-fun events.
Good news on the race front. Hot from the mail-inbox, is confirmation that the organisers of the NZ Festival of Motor Racing will accept Historic Formula Ford race entries for both weekends of the NZFMR 2012.
This follows confirmation that the Formula Juniors and Invited Formula 3 cars will now race on the first weekend, and not the second as previously advertised.
A quick look at the registrations of interest thus far show a grid of at least 24 cars on the first weekend, and upto 20 cars on the second. This does not include some regular entrants whom have not yet registered interest to attend – personal emails have been sent to these drivers to nudge them along. If these drivers reply in the affirmative, the grids may swell to 30-cars.
Jim Barclay of NZFMR also states that they are arranging quotes on marquees for pits. Who would be interested in the use of a communal pit-tent similar to the one used in 2010? For those of us that used the pit-tent in 2010, we stayed relatively dry when it bucketed down, and being able to keep the cars there for the weekdays between the race weekends made things just that little bit easier. And it certainly made things look a little more professional too, even if spanners and wrenches were still laying about everywhere. Don’t forget you can make comments below, so speak up!!
2nd Weekend Poll
Following our highly scientific polling system, that would make politicians green with envy, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to running both weekends at the NZFMR BMW Festival. The results have been emailed through to the organisers so now it is a case of wait and see what happens.
Registration of Interest
There has been a strong response thus far for registrations of interest to run at the first weekend of the NZFMR BMW Festival, with almost 20 registrations to date. There are still about ten or so regular drivers to register interest, so please don’t forget to email Jim Barclay to pre-register. If you haven’t got Jim’s email address, you can find it on the NZFMR website (linked above)