Formula Ford to join the Shannons Nationals in a new look national series
Following the Formula Ford Associations (FFA) announcement that we are committed to continuing with a national racing presence for Formula Ford, The FFA has today committed to joining the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals Series in 2014. This commitment will see a minimum of 4 rounds run as part of the Shannon Nationals series. FFA Chairman, John Van Leeuwen says, “The Shannons Nationals events provide the perfect place and progression path for Formula Ford competitors at a national level. Not only will it dramatically reduce the costs for competitors but provide them with a stable event platform that is run to the highest racing standards”. The new look series will see a minimum of five rounds but no more than six, reducing the numbers from the existing championship by two rounds. The reduction in rounds is part of the cost containment measures that the FFA is seeking to adopt in order to give competitors a cost effective way to build their skills before moving onto more senior categories. A confirmed calendar of races will be determined in the near future but it is likely to see a good spread of races across a number of states. “We hope that the confusion the recent CAMS announcement has given the FFA members can now be put to rest with this news. Formula Ford has been a strong supporter of Australian motor racing for over forty years and covers every level of racing from historic, state and national level. It has too much momentum to let it fade away and we encourage all Formula Ford parties to unite to build one strong racing series”, said John Van Leeuwen. “We are happy to offer the Formula Ford Association a place on the 2014 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals program and share their commitment to sustainable, cost-effective motor sport for as many people as possible,” said series director, Rob Curkpatrick. “Formula Ford racing is exciting, competitive and helps develop the next generation of racing talent. We have followed the recent news surrounding the category closely and we were pleased to receive the call from the association about joining the series next year. “We are looking forward to Formula Ford joining our existing, extremely diverse, competitor group next year and adding to the show at Shannons Nationals rounds.” The FFA will be announcing further information regarding the series in the coming months with the main focus in ensuring the competitors have a valuable national series to participate in 2014 and beyond.