FORMULA M RACING
What is Formula M?
Formula M racing cars are open wheel, single seater, rear wheel driven cars, powered by high performance motorcycle engines! This dynamic formula provides pure fun at affordable costs while giving you every experience you could dream of on your way to Formula 1! Based on the ultimate formula, these smaller scaled cars have an excellent power-to-weight ratio that will keep you re-performing your moves for hours after reaching the checkered flag. All the action happens once a month on the famous Killarney Race Track in the Western Cape. Its FAST, exhilarating and sure to get your adrenalin pumping... Do you think you can handle it?
Race Report - 26 May 2012
Here is a nice race report by Craig seing that he had a lot of time to view the circus on Saturday...
Although the numbers where low, saturdays racing was once again top class.
With Arno and Ryno taking it to the limit in every single corner. Followed by the ever improving Johann doing whats needed, and thats being consistent and fast. Towards the rear we had Stiaan still improving his times with every lap as well as JP who was having to get accustomed to the new car and motor mix he has.
To say it was wet and slippery would be o total understatement. But that never stopped the guys from trying and having some good ol fun. Stand out in practise has to go to Ryno's drifting out of Engen. Although, Arno did try better that by crossing the line in reverse.
By now the track was still a bit wet, but at least in much better condition. The drivers where by now slightly more in tune with the wet circuit and started to push harder. Which lead to the usual few spins when one tries racing in the rain with slicks.
First one to go was Craig who lasted around 2 laps before parking the car backwards on the circuit and had to spectate the rest of the session. Johann put his new tyres to very good use and grabbed his first Race 1 front row start, right next to Ryno who took pole. They where followd by Arno, Craig, JP and Stiaan. Both rookies still having to get used to their first outing in the wet.
Problems with Craig's battery meant he was a non starter for race 1. But with a dry racing line appearing it was definately still going to be a excellent race with the usual suspects all eager to grab the points available from the drivers who where out for the day.
A slight starting issue for Johann, JP and Stiaan, meant Arno and Ryno took off from the start and continued there year long battle for overall points. With the car being covered by mere milliseconds for most of the race, it finally came down to Arno grabbing a slight bit to much water and spinning the car around numerous times. There was almost a surprise at the end when Ryno got slightly held up in traffic. But he was able to keep his nerve and still crossed the line for a fine victory, closely followed by Arno. That left the final podium position to Johann. However, the COC was to play a role in the results and demoted Arno a further position for over adjusting the parametres of the circuit (he knocked a tyre away)
With Craig back on trck the grid size was slgihtly increased for the race. Once again there seemed to be some starting issues for some cars and that split the group up from the start. Going into turn 1 it was Arno and Ryno, followed by Craig, Johann and JP in close proximity. Some entertaining racing between the 2 Speedworx races continued with them fighting hard for the podium position. JP was waiting just behind them for any gaps or errors to occur. Eventually though Craig ran into car issues which put him out of the race and gave Johann a comfortable run to the flag. Meanwhile, on the other end of the racing we had Arno and Ryno still going at it. Arno however, was not done with his spinning and that eventually gave Ryno the gap to take his second win of the day.
The trend of the day ws once again the monumental battle between the cars of Ryno and Arno. With the pair often swapping position and on the odd occasion possibly a bit of paint. This time though the traffic played into Ryno's hands when Arno got held up in the bustop area and lost the tow. As hard as he tried it was just a little to much to make up towards the end. That gave Ryno the perfect day results, with Pole and 3 wins. Johann once again finished in 3rd position which handed him a well deserved 3rd overall for the day. Arno took the 2nd place overall, but must surely be kicking himself for the odd mistakes that cost him a possible victory. Once again, the drivers proved that consistency rules the points table, as the overall positions for the day are also the overall positions for the championship.
Even though the numbers were low on Saturday we have much to look forward to for our next meeting on 23 June! The likes of Mr Hume should have his electronics and carbs sorted, JP should be on all 4 wheels with the 2stroke powervalves working, DJ should flash his much anticipated machine to see if he could better Ryno with drifting or perfect my 720s, Jaco should see just how high the FZR can rev and Dr Phil (the rain master) is bringing the first SUZU to CT to show us how it is done and the Noble man will be doing some rubbing after kicking it out in bed this weekend.
Thanx to all and see you soon!
Race Report - 21 April 2012
Well, once again it was a brilliant race weekend (for most). Formula M confirmed for the 1000th time that we are a family and that no ones racing can compare to ours. the numbers might still be a bit low, but numbers dont make for great racing.
Saturday morning started out a bit misty eyed (same as a few drivers who all seem to have had a major lack of sleep).
Being the premiere group we where moved up in order to go survey the track. This all started with our newest rookie Noble, showing that his heart is really in rallying when he ended up on the grass within the first few seconds. He obviously is not a fan of the black tar or car, and decided to play in the dirt with a car now covered in dirt. Not to self, dont try donughts on cold tyres in the mist.
Overall the practise did not go to bad, except for most drivers complaining about the visors fogging up.
Qualifying came and went without the usual loose wheels rolling down the road for a change. Arno's Pandora deciding that it was time to show some of its potential on track. The ever improving Jaco taking another step up and ended up putting his car on the second row for the Race 1 start. Johann showed that he is a force to reconned with, with his new tyres making him alot quicker.
Jp was low flying in the green monster, with just the "odd" spin in the bustop. But definately showed he can mix it with the bigger boys. Noble and Stiaan must be commended for great driving. From experience i know its not always easy trying to qualify with other drivers trying to get past you in every corner. Just remember that you guys are improving alot and soon you will be fighting up front with the rest.
For race 1 Craig's motor decided it liked the Misty effect on track and let go in a massive way. Spitting oil, water and smoke all over the track and ended up sitting in the grass less than 100 metres away from the start line. Thus ending the day and leaving him trying to figure out which organs he could sell to get a replacement motor. Meanwhile the action was all happening on track with Arno leading Ryno and Jaco. Johann and JP where once again enthralled in a big battle for 4th place. With Noble and Stiaan also having a rookie battle for 6th and 7th. Pandora finally took the win after the race long battle with Ryno.
This was pretty much the pattern for the rest of the day. Except for those 3 guys in the middle. Brilliant racing and you could easily see from the stands that they where all driving their hearts out. But it ended up that consistency and the bustop would be the big decider with them. Both Jaco and JP seemed to be attempting to see who could do the best donughts in the bustop, and in turn making their opponents go off roading to miss them. This competition however went to Jaco, who span and blew his motor (fortunately no smoke and oil on track) on one of his attmepts. But the ever improving and consistent Johann took the overall battle and also his first 400 podium finish (well done teamie). By the end of the day we had Arno close to his old school form, Ryno ended up breaking into the 42's. JP, Jaco and Johan all had a good battle and showed determination. Noble and Stiaan stuck to a game plan of keeping the car on track and to keep improving. So a massive well done to you all.
The Formula M driver of the day: Stiaan
The commentator FM driver of the day: Johann (cough, both drivers of the day, Team Speedworx, cough)
Cog up of the day: Craig (i have another word i would use there, but this is a family friendly e-mail)
Big thanks once again to our title sponsor, Dico. As well as to Phillip for his time and effort in the scrutineering side. Then to Dirk, Wayne and Danny for all their assistance and motivation throughtout the day. Formula M would not be the same without you all.
For the next race we will be going reverse layout with both bustops. Or at least that the current idea layout.
By then we should also have DJ, Phillip and Craig back on track.
Keep well and chat soon
Your local motor blower