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December 17, 2013 News
The Formula F Report v1.1
 

The Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the Formula 1600 Super Series will both be part of the 2014 Victoria Day Speedfest event at CMTP (Photo: Richard Coburn)
The Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the Formula 1600 Super Series will both be part of the 2014 Victoria Day Speedfest event at CMTP
(Photo: Richard Coburn)

When the Formula Ford program was first launched into the motorsports world back in the late 60s, it took off with great momentum, filling a vital role in the development of young drivers. There was a need for a low-cost formula that produced competitive racing, and Formula Ford was the ideal equation to slide in under the fragile F3 specs of the day. The result was an explosion in excitement and participation, coupled with the debut of countless car builders and hungry young drivers. It’s been over 45 years since the introduction of this category, and while it has undergone a serious evolution of late with the injection of the Honda Fit powerplant, it remains a premium training ground for young racers, and a platform for car design ingenuity.

In the 70s, as the category flourished in the United States, a newsletter was started to spread the word. ‘The Formula Ford Report’ helped bring both coasts together, promoting and providing exposure for the FF races that were being held all over the United States and Canada. We’re huge FF fans here at eFormulaCarNews.com and as the formula is enjoying a resurgence, it is our goal to help fuel this ‘revival’, if you will. We’re bringing back the ‘Formula Ford Report’ with this online version, but evolving the title a little to address the current landscape. ‘The Formula F Report’ will be an editorial feature that will assemble current FF news items in one place, and will also feature new information and commentary in regards to the category. We’d obviously love to hear your feedback, or obtain any insider tips, so feel free to contact us via news@eformulacarnews.com

To get things kicked off, Formula F racing in Canada took a tremendous turn for good recently, a stellar result of people actually working TOGETHER in motorsports. What a concept! The Ontario-based Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the Quebec-run Formula Tour F1600 Series will be part of a new Canadian F1600 series that has been announced for 2014 - 'The Formula 1600 Super Series'. The schedule will be comprised of two events in Ontario and two in Quebec. The new program is being organized and run by Jason Sharpe of Move Motorsports and Marcel Lafontaine of Formula Tour. The events that are being added to the schedule are incredible, including confirmed stops at the big Victoria Day Speedfest event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka Mosport) and the Honda Indy on the streets of Toronto. The F1600 category enjoyed some epic battles in Toronto in the past, and this return is huge in terms of exposure and sponsorship potential. The potential for the Quebec events to include the F1 race in Montreal and the Grand Prix of Trois-Riveries, where the locals are mad about open-wheel racing, is tremendous. This would be an incredible program for Formula 1600 racing, likely the most exciting development in 10+ years.
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Formula Race Promotions has announced the 2014 schedule for the F1600 Formula F Championship Series. The title fight will be made up of seven doubleheader weekends (14 races), with stops at Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen International (twice), VIRginia International Raceway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the recently renovated Pittsburgh International Race Complex (formerly BeaveRun), and the brand new Thompson Speedway road course. The series held a meeting this past weekend at the PRI Show and EFCN will have notes from that gathering in the new Formula F Report.
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Joey Bickers, the 2013 Pacific F1600 Championship runner-up with PR1 Motorsports, has won the prestigious Mazda Club Racer Shootout. The Californian wins a $75,000 scholarship from Mazda to race in the Mazda MX-5 Cup.
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Former F2000 Championship Series title winners HP-Tech Motorsport have announced they are expanding their race operations in 2014. The Florida-based team will join the F1600 Formula F Championship Series, fielding two cars.
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The Mygale chassis will again be well represented in the 2014 edition of the F1600 Formula F Championship Series, as Team Pelfrey will now run the factory effort in place of Bryan Herta Autosport. The former Pro Mazda championship-winning squad will also support all the drivers and teams running a Mygale.
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Karter Christophe Paquet was one of multiple young racers who impressed in a year-end test (Photo: Brian graham Racing)
Karter Christophe Paquet was one of multiple young racers who impressed in a year-end test
(Photo: Brian graham Racing)

Multi-time Toyo Tires F1600 Championship series champion and reigning Rookie of the Year winners BGR Team Grote recently tested a pair of up-and-coming Canadian karters. As an award for their performances at the ASN Canadian National Karting Championships, Gianfranco Mazzaferro and Christophe Paquet piloted a Piper DF5/Honda F1600 at Shannonville Motorsports Park.
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Aaron Telitz, who finished third in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series title fight, has won the 2013 Skip Barber Race Series Championship Shootout. The Wisconsin native has been awarded a $200,000 driver development scholarship from Mazda for use in the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. At the recent Chris Griffith Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test at Barber Motorsports Park, Telitz actually topped the charts running an Afterburner Autosports Van Diemen, which again shows the training benefits of the FF program.
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The Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain has announced an increased prize fund for 2014. As part of an enhanced package, a £30,000 cash prize fund will be awarded. Series organizers have also stated that the coming season will feature a reversed grid for the second race of each race weekend.
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In early November, Kevin Mills Racing’s Scott Malvern took home top honors in the 13th edition of the Walter Hayes Trophy. The race was massively attended once again, as over 115 drivers attempted to qualify for the main event. The WHT draws a wide variety of FFs, from all over the spectrum in terms of ages and designs. Team USA's Jake Eidson led a North American contingent that also included Team USA's Joey Bickers and Canadian Scott Hargrove, with a sixth place finish at the Silverstone Circuit in England. All three drivers drove for Cliff Dempsey Racing. Cliff is the father of Indy Lights veteran Peter Dempsey, who is one of only two three-time winners of the event, and he suited up for the event again in 2013.
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The duo of Zach Robichon and Scott Hargrove showcased their talents during the renowned Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch (Photo: Team Canada Scholarship)
The duo of Zach Robichon and Scott Hargrove showcased their talents during the renowned Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch
(Photo: Team Canada Scholarship)

Irish racer Niall Murray won the 42nd Formula Ford Festival at the Brands Hatch Circuit, besting both a talented field and tricky conditions. Team Canada's Scott Hargrove and Team USA's Jake Eidson finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The level of talent in the Grand Finals was extremely high, and many veterans in the sport rank it as one of the stoutest fields in recent memory.
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Harrison Scott, the 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford runner-up, was named the Mazda Road to Indy Formula Ford Driver of the Year. The English racer was awarded a test in both a USF2000 Championship and Pro Mazda Championship car at the 2013 Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park on December 9-10. Scott ran with Afterburner Autosport in the USF2000 portion of the test, and ended up 13th out of the 19 drivers in the Pro Mazda sessions, driving a JDC MotorSports entry.
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We’ll cap off this debut issue of the ‘EFCN Formula F Report’ by heading to the lower hemisphere of the world. Kiwi Jamie Conroy made a stunning debut in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship in mid-November, powering his Evolution Motorsport Mygale to a clean sweep in the opening three races at Timaru International Motor Raceway. The next series race is set for January 11-12 at the 2.62-mile Teretonga Park circuit.
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