|:: Victorian Formula 500 General Meeting - 19/8/2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
The next Victorian Formula 500 General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 August 2015 at the Mount Moriac Hotel, 1115 Princes Highway, Moriac commencing at 7.45 pm sharp.
Members and visitors welcome.
0419 355 733
|:: Victorian Formula 500 Muffler Requirements
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
Muffler Specification for all Victorian Formula 500 race meetings.
At the completion of racing for the 2014 season a muffler testing day was conducted at Simpson speedway. A baseline was made from the previous night’s racing with a few variations of mufflers tested over the day, it allowed the club to draw some conclusions from the data retrieved.
The figures that were recorded were all still above the 100 dB range, all in attendance agreed that the longer muffler had a reduced tone even with the high dB reading.
The mandating of a mandatory muffler brand or type still requires more testing and research. At the AGM it was decided to set the required muffler for all upcoming race meetings in Victoria to be -
a minimum of 350mm in length for a packed or 250mm for a baffled muffler.
It is the driver’s responsibility to have their muffler in a working condition that will help reduce or suppress noise. The tracks still have the right to black flag you if they believe you are above their noise levels allowed bearing in mind the rule book states 95db.
|:: Bordertown Calendar Confirmed
Monday, July 27, 2015
Tolmer / MBS Media
Formula 500’s and Street Stocks will feature prominently at Tolmer Speedway Bordertown this season, with three events planned for the bullring.
Opening night is scheduled for November 7, while December 12 and February 5 will round out the three events, this year all being planned as Saturday night events.
Tolmer committee member and spokesman Brad Tink said that experimenting with running Friday and Sunday nights hadn’t really delivered the required results, and so a return to Saturday night events was essential.
“While running on the Friday and Sunday last year helped in ensuring good car counts for some divisions, it hindered other divisions.” Commented Tink.
“While running back to back with other tracks like Murray Bridge is good for national events such as the Speedcar Pro Series, it is not so good for the budget competitor who make up the support program and can only afford to race once a week.”
Consequently the three stand-alone events are all programmed around a variety of club type events this season.
Opening Night on November 7 will feature the Formula 500 Battle of the Border with supports from Late Models, AMCA Nationals, V6 Sprints, Street Stocks, Limited Sportsman and Junior Sedans.
The SA Street Stock Title will be conducted on December 12, with strong numbers from both SA and Victoria indicating they will attend. Wingless Sprints and Super Sedans will lead the supports that will also include Junior Sedans, Formula 500’s and Limited Sportsman.
The final event will feature Formula 500’s and Street Stocks in a double billing. The MJS Street Stock Series and Victorian based Formula 500 Stampede Series will both draw good competitor numbers, while the V6 Sprints, Limited Sportsman and Junior Sedans will also run for the final time.
A notable absence are the Sprintcars and Speedcars with the track opting to plan for a bigger event for sprintcars the following season.
|:: 2016 NSW Formula 500 Title Dates
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Formula 500's NSW
2016 Australian Title
18th - 20th March 2016
2016 NSW Title
25th March 2016 ... Read
|:: Victorian Formula 500 2015 AGM Summary
Monday, July 20, 2015
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
Changing of the Guard
The Victorian Formula 500 Assn held their AGM at the Mount Moriac Hotel on July 12th.
With all positions declared vacant it was time to bring in the new executive and committee for the upcoming 2015/16 season. Nominations with acceptations and declines came thick and fast, with all positions filled as follows.
President: Mark Dalton
Vice President: Chris Olsson
Secretary and Public Officer: Lauren Bowen
Assistant Secretary: Maria Olsson
Treasurer: Maria Olsson
Membership and licensing: Kristen Turner
Machine Examiner: Steve Plotzza
Committee: Ian Aranyosi, Steve Plotzza, Rob Rankin, Ash Sinclair, Justin Bowen.
Internet & Media: Lauren Bowen
Speedweek Coordinators: Chris & Maria Olsson
Stampede Coordinator: Sharna Williams
Assistant: Lauren Bowen
Club Steward: Steven Hood (Training to be completed)
Firstly I would like to personally thank Chris and Maria for their many years of service to the club on the
executive and as race coordinators, now that they have decided to step back from such a huge work load but are still willing to be there in assistant roles shows how much this class means to them both.
Believe me when I say even with the positions filled and new blood coming on board we will still require more assistants on race nights.
Chris will need people to step up and learn the timing system, if you have a basic understanding of computers this might be the job for you. At least this job comes with a nice seat up in the
box seated out of the cold air on those bad nights and at some tracks you might even get air conditioning.
It was good to see some new people step up and take positions, I can only hope this might get some more girlfriends/ wife’s to come along to race meetings and get involved.
As we go forward I don’t see things changing too much, we already have a calendar in place with 23 race
meetings in Victoria running from 21st November to the 30th April. We still have some tracks asking for race dates at this late stage, combine these with interstate races , state and national titles there is plenty for everyone to attack and try their best at.
There will be some new ideas that I want to try out and see how drivers and car owners respond to, these will be online surveys to give myself and the club an idea on what their thoughts are on various matters to do with racing and club matters. I know that there are some members that cannot make it to meetings so this might be the best method to achieve more input.
For those that have any matters they wish to discuss with me please give a ring, text or Facebook messenger. Phone calls if they can be after 7pm week days due to work and most weekends from 9am. Phone: 0419 355 733
Facebook: DK Race Parts or Mark Dalton
|:: Victorian Formula 500 2015 AGM
Monday, July 06, 2015
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
The Annual General Meeting will be held this Sunday 12th July 2015 at the Mt Moriac Hotel and will be preceded by the General Meeting commencing at 11am. The AGM will start after lunch at approximately 1.30pm.
Will there be any Formula 500 racing in Victoria next season? Well, that depends on you. Yes YOU.
The Association is run solely by volunteers and we are critically short of volunteers to help out - a) on committee and b) on race days.
So if you are able to help out, even for 1 or 2 race meetings, we would love to see you at the meeting.
If you are unable to attend and can help out in any small way, please contact us prior to the meetings.
Maria & Chris Olsson.
|:: WA Formula 500 Season Concludes
Sunday, June 21, 2015 ... Read
Formula 500's WA
The 2014/15 WA Formula 500 season concluded last night with their traditional awards night this year being held at the Forrest Centre Reception Centre in Perth. Eighty guests were in attendance for the evening, which began by acknowledging special guests Ken Brown, Gavin Migro and Granny Higgs as well as the Formula 500 Association of WA life members Colin Schipp, Dave Hedington, Bill Richards, Rob Brown, Brian Mullings and Phil and Ellen Checkley.
The first awards presented were acknowledgment trophies of the top ten in the Perth Motorplex Track Championship, won overall by Tom Hooper, and the top four in the FAST Racing Series, won by Adrian Haywood. Gavin Migro also took the microphone and mentioned what a good year the division had and what the plans were looking like for next season, with a good number of shows expected once again.
Next up was the traditional Stan McEntee Shield presentation for the State Title winner, in this case Tom Hooper who came up and collected his first trophy of the night.
The Outstanding Achievement Award was next and was presented to Troy Johnson for his season that included five heat wins, three feature wins, 6 podium finishes, 8 top 5’s and ten top 10’s out of thirteen race meetings contested. Jeff Hedington was then asked to present his Chief Stewards Award, which went to Cameron McKenzie.
Although not one of the trophies most would like to win, Gavin Connelly was next up as he received the Hard Luck Award which he received in acknowledgment that despite finding the throttle this season, he also found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time too many times.
Ken Brown was the next man recognized and he indeed received a standing ovation as he received the Appreciation Award in recognition of fifty years in Speedway, having had his first article published in the 1965/66 season and continuing to work in the media area consistently since then.
After a short break the awards resumed with the top ten in the West Coast Series acknowledged. The Serieswas held over five rounds with thirty seven drivers competing in five rounds, six of whom competed in all the rounds. There were four different feature winners across the five rounds and ten drivers grabbed a feature podium at least once. Mark House was the overall series winner and was once again happy to be the top finisher, with planning already underway for next season.
The Most Inspiring Moment Award was next up, and with a lot of drivers having a great season it was difficult to pick a winner, but the award went to someone who had six heat wins across theseason, three feature wins, and his worst finish at the Motorplex excluding DNF’s was eighth.The moment that was acknowledged though was when he recorded his maiden feature victory, which just so happened to be the State Title event, with Tom Hooper taking out the trophy.
Adrian Haywood was next up as he received the Most Improved Trophy for a season that saw him win four heat races and also claim his first career feature win during the year. Had he been able to show up in the final event of thePerth Motorplex season he would have been at least fourth place overall in the Track Championship, but he did however take out the FAST Racing series championship.
Another young gun was recognized next, with Jeremy Saffin awarded the Encouragement Award for having yet another consistent season, driving a new car always showing up and pushing the envelope and running the high line as well as anyone. He scored two heat wins and came home fourth in the West Coast Series, which he is looking to build on next season despite running a more limited schedule.
Matt Brown made his way forward and received a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday to celebrate his special day coming up in a couple of days, before he presented the Crash of the Year Award. A picture is worth 1000 words, with Matt Higgs’ crash at Narrogin being played on the big screen before he received the perpetual wheel to acknowledge his crash of the year.
A few of the West Coast Series Awards were next, withthe Hard Charger award for the most cars passed in feature races going to Cameron McKenzie, whileMark House once again received the West Coast Bullet Award for the fastest laps.
One of the biggest awards from a driver’s point of view that can be won is that of the Drivers Driver. This means that you have gained the respect of the other drivers, both on and off the track and shows what sort of esteem you are held in. This year there was a good number of competitors who responded for this award and what is even more amazing is that the votes were actually tied! One of the winning drivers had an epic season, getting his maiden feature win, while the other also had a great time as he amassed two heat wins and five podium finishes at the Motorplex alone. One of these drivers won the Perth MotorplexTrack Championship, the other came third but both had career best seasons and it was a popular announcement when the joint winners of the award were revealed as Tom Hooper and Luke Nardini.
The Best Presented Car and Crew were then presented to Troy Johnson, while youngster Jamie Nardini was speechless as he was voted the recipient of the Rising Star Award for his improving results throughout the season and not one single DNF, showing he can finish races and stay out of trouble. He recorded best results of a fifth place finish no less than three times and finished in the top ten an excellent seven times out of ten shows.
The final two awards of theevening were next, with the Rookie of the Year trophy going to Cameron McKenzie who scored a season best finish of fourth place, not to mention eight top ten placings. He came home sixth in the Perth Motorplex track Championship, sixth in the West Coast Series and was quite humbled to be announced as the Rookie of the Year,
Matt Brown again returned to the podium and this time worked through the voting system for the Fairest and Best Award, with the winner being voted Tom Hooper, who was once again humbled to be voted the winner, but very proud of the teams efforts, saying he couldn’t wait to do it all again next season!
That bought the awards night to a fitting close, with competitors, officials and teams socializing and celebrating another successful season. Now the work begins for season 2015/16!
Release by DTN Media.
|:: Brisbane Formula 500 Club -The 2014-15 Season That Was
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Brisbane Formula 500 Club
The 2014-15 season was judged as a massive success for the Brisbane Formula 500 Club, and it included a successful running of the both Queensland Title and the season-long Tyrepower 600 Super Series.
Here’s a look back at the season highlights.
Brown Goes One Better
After running second in last season’s Tyrepower 600 Super Series behind Ryan Skennar, Kristin Brown was able to go one better this season by coming away with the point standings honours. She was a model of consistency throughout the series, which included three round wins, and was a thoroughly deserving winner.
Brooke Wanless and Scott Farmer were without a shadow of a doubt the biggest improvers of the season. Both drivers were consistent front runners, with Farmer collecting a Tyrepower 600 Super Series round win along with a number of minor podium finishes, while Wanless also managed to figure on the podium in minor positions. In the final Tyrepower 600 Super Series point standings, Wanless and Farmer finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Another highlight of the season was the growth of competitors. After attracting 12 cars on average every race meeting last season, this season saw an average of 16 competitors at every race meeting. The competitor growth is certainly a positive reflection of the ongoing hard work from the committee of the Brisbane Formula 500 Club.
None of what was achieved in the season would have been possible without the support of sponsors: major sponsor Tyrepower, the naming right’s sponsor of the Queensland Title Ian Boettcher Race Parts, KRE Race Engines, Myla Graphics, Dryden Signs, TC Racing & Mechanical Services, Lucky Promotions, and Aussie Trackwear. As they say, support those sponsors who support the sport.
Queensland Title Thriller
To say that the season Queensland Title at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway was a thriller would be a rather large understatement. In what was a frantic Queensland Title deciding feature race, defending Queensland Champion Dale Shilleto and this season’s Australian Champion Dylan Willsher had turns at the lead only to both crash out of contention. The driver who was there in the end was Townsville’s Kaydon Iverson after he stayed out of harm’s way and went on to collect the win. Iverson also contested the entire Tyrepower 600 Super Series and came away with a second-place finish behind Kristin Brown in the final point standings.
The season is to be concluded with the annual presentation night. This season, it is to be held on the Saturday night of June 20 at Brothers St Brendan’s Leagues Club in the Brisbane suburb of Rocklea.
Final Tyrepower 600 Super Series Point Standings
1: Kristin Brown - 743
2: Kaydon Iverson - 729
3: Charlie Brown - 672
4: Brooke Wanless - 595
5: Scott Farmer - 548
6: Dale Shilleto - 452
7: Cody Maroske - 447
8: Adrian Farrell - 414
9: Tristan Johnson - 403
10: Nathan Pronger - 397
11: Bryn Upshall - 373
12: Royce Harvey - 360
13: Ryan Skennar - 288
14: Nick Scholes - 207
15: Grant Harvey - 201
16: Bayden Ellston - 200
17: David Muir - 164
18: Nick Potts - 109
19: Phil Roberts - 96
20: Todd Stevens - 84
21: Chris Finglas - 80
22: Blake Hancock - 70
23: Ryan McNamara - 65
24: Anthony Schofield - 64
25: Mick Pronger - 52
26: Simon Sullivan - 50
27: Brad Metcalfe - 42
28: Dan Scougall - 38
29: Gary Edwards - 24
30: Ken Newton - 11
To find out more about the Brisbane Formula 500 Club, check them out on Facebook by searching Brisbane Formula 500 Club.
Brisbane Formula 500 Club Media Enquiries: Daniel Powell from Redline Media
M: 0432 126 210
|:: 2015 Formula 500 National Agenda Items
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
The following amendments to the current Formula 500' Australia Inc. Supplementary Racing Regulations were passed at the Annual General Meeting held at Rockhampton on 6th April 2015 -
RULE 41. Page 16
Remove points table and replace with:
Placing Points Placing Points
1st 25 8th 6
2nd 20 9th 5
3rd 17 10th 4
4th 14 11th 3
5th 12 12th 2
6th 10 13th 1
Rule 41 – (end of current page 16) – Change first sentence from “The highest point scorer in championship heats shall be allocated pole position at the grid in the final.”
To: (i) The highest point scorer in championship heats shall be allocated choice of front row positions (either position 1 or position 2) in the Final prior to entering the track.
RULE 42 Page 17 – Delete entire rule.
RULE 1 (c) Page 23
After: Wheel rims to be no greater than 10 inch (254mm) diameter. Controlled right Rear tyre compound, Hoosier D25 or American Racing SD48
Add: or harder.
RULE 1 (f) - Weight Rule 2) Page 24
Delete the number “3” from the sentence (i.e. 3 and 4 cylinders) and change wording to 4 stroke engines
Rule to read as follows;
This section applies to 4 cylinder 4 stroke engine powered cars. Minimum 340 kg weight of car and driver at any time and applies to 4 cylinder 4 stroke engine powered cars.
RULE 2 - Engine. Page 24
Remove Para - a (iii)
RULE 2 - Engine. Page 24 Delete and Replace
(e) All 600cc engines meeting these specification requirements are to be sealed. Must be sealed by the relevant state approved engine sealer/’s using approved seals and documentation.
RULE 7 - Ignition. Page 25
(c)- add to end of.....between the battery and the ignition switch, eliminating function of all ignition and starter switched when fusible link is removed.
RULE 9 (e) - Seats Page 27
After: No Fibreglass seats allowed.
Add: If no containment seat is used a head support is required on Right hand side.
RULE 15 - Aerofoils etc Page 28
Delete Rule (j).
Measurement on page 30 will also need to be removed.
RULE 15 Page 28
Insert: Para (k)
(k). All Formula 500's shall only race with a top wing. Front wing is optional.
RULE 18 (a) Page 35
Remove: 2 & 3
Remove: This also applies to cars who display their State numbers 2 and 3.
Page 37 - 38.
Remove: Pages referring to Rear Wing / Rear engine/Older stylecars in total.
NOTE: The removal of these 2 pages will require a 2 year phase in period so that if there are any older cars they can be modified/upgraded over a 2 year period.
Page 44 - The infringement section of the rule book be removed and issued separately to drivers when applying for licence.
|:: Victorian Formula 500 General Meeting - 20/5/2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
Victorian Formula 500 Assn
The next Victorian Formula 500 General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the Mount Moriac Hotel, 1115 Princes Highway, Moriac commencing at 7.45 pm sharp.
Members and visitors welcome.
0410 308 398 ... Read