Formula 4 confirmed in Australia for 2015

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A new development category will join the Australian motorsport world in 2015.                   

Australian Joseph Mawson testing Formula 4 in England. Photo: Joseph Mawson

Australian Joseph Mawson testing Formula 4 in England. Photo: Joseph Mawson

The Confederation of Australian Motorsport today confirmed that the FIA category Formula 4 will begin racing in Australia in the 2015 season.

Formula 4 will join popular open-wheeler developer categories Australian Formula 3 Drivers Championship, Australian Formula Ford and Formula Vee to help springboard young drivers into overseas categories, making an easier pathway to Formula 1.

The FIA Formula 4 concept currently sees a control 1600cc engine, with a carbon-monocoque chassis to add to the wings-and-slicks, which will be a control item for the category.

CAMS chief Eugene Arocca believes this is a step-forward for young drivers, essentially making their first step from karting to Formula 1.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways for our great sport to grow and Formula 4 is certainly that,” said Arocca.

“We have already had conversations with a number of parties who are interested in being involved, so an open tender process provides everyone with a chance to take on this exciting opportunity in partnership with CAMS and we plan to announce the successful party in due course.

“I strongly believe that the example of Australia will be followed very soon by many other countries.”

Confirmation of Formula 4 leaves a slim future for Australian Formula 3, with two wings-and-slicks open-wheeler categories coming across as unsustainable in Australia.

Formula 4 is part of an international open-wheel pathway devised by FIA Single Seater Commission chairman Gerhard Berger, already popular in the United Kingdom.

The category’s main mission is to make open-wheel racing more affordable, teaching young drivers how to work with an engineer and understand the dynamics behind aerospace.

Expect more news in the coming weeks with CAMS’ announcement of the governing parties involved in the up-coming category.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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75 Years Of The Bathurst Motor Festival

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Bathurst Motor Festival, Photo by Dirk Klynsmith

Over the Easter long weekend, Bathurst celebrated it’s 75th year celebration of the Bathurst Motor Festival, held at the historic Mount Panorama raceway.The circuit was first opened in 1938 in conjunction with the Australian Grand Prix. Since that date, the festival has been in operation throughout the Easter long weekend, making Mount Panorama the oldest motor racing circuit in Australia, also amongst one of the oldest tracks in the world.

But history aside, everyone knows how iconic this Bathurst circuit is. This year the turnout for the event was huge, with categories including Formula 3, Formula Vee, Group N Historic Touring Cars, NSW Production Touring Cars, Production Sports Cars, Porsche Club of NSW and NSW Road Racing Club

Of course, the racing for the weekend was the highlight, with all types of weather coming to and from the circuit and drivers turning on the racing for all the fans.

The Mount Panorama circuit opened on Friday, with practice scheduled for all the teams and drivers entered in the event.

Saturday saw the first of qualifying and racing, with the Formula 3 cars breaking the qualifying lap record, a lap time of 2:03:239 set by Nathan Morcom. To put things into perspective, the fastest V8 Supercar lap around Bathurst was set by Craig Lowndes in 2010, with a lap time of 2:06.801!

With lap record pace being set around the circuit, every driver and team in the paddock thought it was their turn to break the race records on Sunday.

The Bathurst weather thought otherwise, as the track was declared wet on Sunday.

This meant trouble, with some fields reaching more than 55 drivers and on a circuit so steep and twisty, some drivers unfortunately found the wall. Luckily enough, everyone who did crash in the racing was a-okay.

Over 10,000 attended the event; with the festival being a huge success with fantastic racing put on by all the drivers.

Full race results can be found at Natsoft.com.