31-car field for Historic Formula Ford at Winton Festival of Speed


\This weekend 31 pre-1990 Formula Fords will hit the track at Winton Motor Raceway for the annual Winton Festival of Speed promoted by the VHRR. This weekend the category's historic division will warmly welcome some new local and international drivers. New Zealander Wayne Colville will be crossing the Tasman, steering a newly acquired Van Diemen RF88. Colville is planning on doing more racing in Australia and has recently purchased the RF88 from former FF competitor Andrew Robson. Richard Tarling is the second overseas addition to the Formula Ford field. The British driver will bring plenty of Formula Ford experience to Winton for his debut race Down Under. Tarling will be joining the Ecurie Australie team, aboard Chris Davison's Quest FF86. The Quest returns to Winton where it was driven in 2017 with Indycar and F1 designer Malcolm Oastler. This car is a one-of-a-kind and Tarling will definitely be one to watch across the weekend. Another driver to keep an eye on this weekend is young Simon Fallon. Fallon won the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia, after starting his career in the Victorian Formula Ford Series in 2016. Fallon will be joining fellow family members John and Harri Blanchard, aboard John's freshly restored Van Diemen RF86. Blanchard acquired the car from the Clem Smith car collection after Clem's passing in February 2017. This highly valuable RF86 was then restored by John Dean and brought back to life to race again in the Historic Formula Ford field. The Blanchard family won't be the only family team racing this weekend, with Paul and Will Faulkner and Graeme and Craig Degotardi continuing the family tradition of father and son racing together. Claire Greig will be the sole female entry, fighting hard against the boys as always. Racing is a family hobby for the Greig family, with Claire usually accompanied on track by husband Johnny, who will be instead taking on the crew chief role this weekend. Claire follows in her grandmother's footsteps with her race endeavours, Diana Davison Gaze being one of the first female racing drivers in Australian Motorsport history. Sean Whelan will be back at Winton once again to try and clinch the Cooldrive Cup for the third year running. This trophy is a awarded to the overall winner for the weekend, considering points in the individual clas