Another bumper grid set for Phillip Island
This weekend Australian Formula Ford will be back at Phillip Island for the penultimate round of the 2018 Australian championship. Another solid grid of 28 cars have entered for this weekend, which will be held in conjunction with the last round of the 2018 Victorian Formula Ford Series. Mygale driver Hunter McElrea is currently leading the championship, 38 points clear of Sonic Motor Racing Services team-mate Hamish Ribarits, while Mygale privateer Zac Soutar is sitting in third, 49 points behind the Sonicduo. So far this year, McElrea has won 11 out of 15 races and heads to Phillip Island loaded with confidence to extend his title buffer. McElrea is returning to Australia this week after a positive test in a USF2000 car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend. BF Racing driver Nathan Herne is fourth in the National championship and currently leading the Victorian Formula Ford Series in the Fiesta class. Herne is currently 26 points clear of Spectrum driver Liam McLellan in the Victorian Series and five points ahead of the Melbourne-based driver in the National standings. In the FF1600 class, reigning Victorian champion Brendan Jones is currently leading by 78 points, keeping well clear of Peter Fitzgerald's Spectrum and John Connelly's American-built Citation. 2016 Australian Formula Ford champion, Leanne Tander, will be making a come-back to the field in her beautifully prepared FF1600 Stealth. Last year, Tander made a one-off appearance at Phillip Island, but was forced to retire on the Sunday due to an engine failure. In 2016 Tander was the first woman to win the Australian Formula Ford title, in the same car that Hunter McElrea is now driving. The on-track action will kick off on Friday with an open practice day, followed by qualifying and race one on Saturday and a pair of races on Sunday.
2018 AFFC Round 6 - Schedule Saturday Qualifying - 11:05AM Race one - 2:45PM
Sunday Race two - 10:45 AM Race three - 2:30 PM
2018 AFFC Round 6 - Entry List Formula Ford class #2 Hunter McElrea - Sonic Motor Racing Services #3 Courtney Prince - Sonic Motor Racing Services #4 Angelo Mouzouris - Sonic Motor Racing Services #5 Hamish Ribarits - Sonic Motor Racing Services #6 Paul Zsidy - Borland Racing Developments #8 James Dean - Junior Racing Development #10 Zac Soutar #12 Bart Horsten - Fastlane Racing #14 Lachlan Mineeff - CHE Racing Team #16 Thomas Smith -SCT/Kinetic Motorsport #29 Nathan Herne - BF Racing #36 Cody Burcher - Borland Racing Developments #47 Thomas Sargent - CHE Racing Team #57 Jackson Burton - Borland Racing Developments #60 Cody Donald #66 Benjamin D'Alia - Borland Racing Developments #68 Blaine Grills - Borland Racing Developments #73 Cameron Shields - BF Racing #88 Harrison Goodman - BF Racing #97 Liam McLellan - Synergy Motorsport #98 Conor Nicholson FF1600 class #1 Brendan Jones - Borland Racing Developments #17 Peter Fitzgerald #26 George Thornton #41 Andrew Barron #42 Leanne Tander - Tander Sport #70 Phil Marrinon #99 John Connelly
2018 AFFC Points (top 10) Hunter McElrea - 252 pts Hamish Ribarits - 214 pts Zac Soutar - 165 pts Nathan Herne - 140 pts Liam McLellan - 135 pts Lachlan Mineeff - 116 pts Angelo Mouzouris - 109 pts Cameron Shields - 108 pts Bart Horsten - 101 pts Cody Donald - 87 pts
2018 AFFC Calendar Rd 1 - Winton Motor Raceway - March 9-11 Rd 2 - Queensland Raceway - April 20-22* Rd 3 - Wakefield Park - May 25-27 Rd 4 - Sandown Raceway - July 20-22* Rd 5 - The Bend Motorsport Park - August 24-26 Rd 6 - Phillip Island GP - September 28-30 Rd 7 - Sydney Motorsport Park - October 26-28* *rounds of the 2018 Australian FF1600 Championship