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! S N O I CHAMP

1 1 0 2 in w le a g y Waters & M d r o F la u m r o F n a Australi Championship December 2011

The Arrow/Mygale ‘Search for a Motorsport Star’ is on again. Page 1 See inside for details


Waters wraps up 2011 Formula Ford Cha

Waters heads the field at the Gold Coast round, as he did for much of the 2011 season

After a dominant year, Sonic Motor Racing Services have taken the Australian Formula Ford Championship ( AFFC ) crown yet again, this year with talented youngster Cameron Waters at the wheel of the SJ11a Mygale chassis. It has become a familiar sight to see all three, and sometimes four, of the Sonic Mygale cars locking out the top spots in qualifying and racing over the last few years. His 2011 AFFC win makes Cameron the youngest ever Australian Formula Ford Champion, a feat that is difficult to comprehend when you consider that Formula Ford has raced continually in Australia for over 40 years.  Some of Cameron’s peers that have won the championship are, Greg Ritter (Mygale 1999) , Luke Youlden (Mygale 2000), Jamie Whincup (Mygale 2001 / VD 2002), Tim Blanchard (Mygale 2007), and Nick Percat (Mygale 2009). Each of these

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drivers are real proof that Formula Ford is without doubt the place to build your motorsport career. Cameron Waters has shown the way in 2011 holding the AFFC championship lead from round two, and has never looked back.  The Mildura teenager even managed to star in, and win, the Shannons Supercar Challenge television series that was run by V8 Supercar team Kelly Racing.  After making it all the way through, while other contestants fell around him, Cameron was rewarded with the drive in the Kelly Racing V8 Supercar at Bathurst, teaming up with well known driver and media personality, Grant Denyer.   The Sonic Motor Racing Services team continue to impress, “I have been to many countries and dealt with many teams, and the professional approach of Michael Ritter and the Sonic Motor Racing Services team places them as one of the best teams I have seen in the world today,

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ampionship in 2009 Sonic won every championship that they competed in!” said Mygale’s Greg Woodrow. “The competition needs to continually lift their game if they want to compete against a team like this, and this is making Australian Formula Ford the worlds best”   Cameron’s rise to fame has been impressive, with the Mildura teenager competing in karts, then a quick stint in Formula Vee, where he made contact with Greg Woodrow on a test day, and moved straight into state level Duratec Formula Ford.  Cameron won the CAMS Victorian Formula Ford championship in a family prepared SJ06a Mygale and moved to Sonic at the end of the 2010 AFFC season.  The rest is now history, and Cameron can place his name firmly beside some of Australia’s greatest drivers on the Australian Formula Ford Championship list.  

Nick Foster did a solid job to finish the season in a fine third place

Tom Goess of Team BRM

Championship runner-up Jack le Brocq pounds across the kerbs at the Gold Coast

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Jack le Brocq leads the battling pack during the 2011 FF Festival at Brands Hatch

UK’s Formula Ford Festival – Alive and Kicking....

Considered the world championship of Formula Ford, the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival is very much the springboard for young drivers into the European motor racing scene. The 2011 event saw three young Australian drivers pushing the Europeans to their limits throughout the Festival week.   Before I went to the Festival I discussed it’s merits with a number of people here in Australia, and the general view was that it is no longer considered to be the event it once was.  And although the numbers are down from the heyday of the 1990’s and early 2000’s there is no doubt that the talent and support is well and truly alive for the Festival, which this year celebrated it’s 40th year.   UK driver Scott Malvern eventually took the top podium spot in his Jamun Mygale, but three Aussies were a chance throughout the event, with all of them making it to the final.  Geoff Uhrhane, Nick McBride and Jack LeBrocq all contested the event and flew the Aussie flag.  Uhrhane has looked strong throughout the British Formula Ford Championship, but struggled for

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the last bit of pace from his JTR Mygale, contact with another car, resulting in a heavy impact with the Brands Hatch wall also made life difficult for the likable Aussie. Nick McBride continued his consistent form which saw him take third in the 2011 British Formula Ford Championship and broke through for third in the Festival in his Jamun Mygale.  Nick was understandably excited to be on the podium of what is the premier Formula Ford event in the world today.  Nick’s form has gone from good to great over the last year and is yet another Aussie Mygale driver to watch.   But it was Jack LeBrocq who was the talk of the town taking pole position and winning his first heat.  Jack has competed at the front of the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2011, and attended the event as a rookie in the European Formula Fords, which are more powerful, and run both slick and wet compound tyres, something that requires a different driving style to the Australian cars.    Jack’s luck deserted him while leading

the quarter finals by more than half the length of the straight, when the Hewland gearbox’s crown wheel and pinion parted company with the car. This has been a problem for the more powerful European Formula Fords, one which is set to be rectified in the UK next year.  This of course was no help for Jack who now started the semi final from the back of the grid.   A sterling drive took Jack to fifth place in the semi final, but this was only enough to start him from ninth in the final.  With the longest race of the event well underway, Jack found himself stuck behind another car who just didn’t have the required pace.  With wholesale blocking tactics employed, and after multiple attempts, Jack made the required pass, only to be unceremoniously fired into the unforgiving Brands Hatch wall, and out of the race.   This said, there is no doubt that Geoff Uhrane, Nick McBride and Jack LeBrocq are some of Australia’s most talented young drivers on the world scene today. – Greg Woodrow

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What is the Formula Ford Festival? Often attracting several hundred entries from all over the world, the Formula Ford Festival, held at the iconic Brands Hatch circuit in Southern England is the unofficial ‘World Championships’ of Formula Ford. Over a single weekend drivers compete in a series of heats aiming to progress through a knockout phase to the Grand Final. Considered a great stepping stone to the higher formulas many Formula One drivers have been victorious, including Australia’s Mark Webber, who took the victory in the 1996 event.

Jack le Brocq heads out of Paddock Hill bend during the 2011 FF Festival

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Fouracre claims Victorian Title Jake Fouracre has been officially named as the 2011 Victorian Formula Ford Champion following a weekend of treacherous conditions that also saw Jake claim his first ever race win at the final round of the State Championship at Phillip Island. The meeting was also a chance for Fouracre to drive a current model Mygale SJ11A prepared by Minda Motorsport which was a superb chance to gain knowledge into a National spec car. Jake states, “it was a brilliant opportunity to drive the latest model Mygale and our times reflected our strong the car was.” Fouracre stormed to the top 3 in opening practice, establishing himself well for the Championship chase. With qualifying occurring throughout a downpour of rain, Fouracre struggled to gain some track space early on, before a red flag was drawn on the session when Jake was just getting into a clear chance to set the pace. A decision post session would unfortunately see Jake excluded from qualifying due to passing under red flag, however his best time proved quickest overall. Race 1 was not only delayed by 2 hours due to the terrible conditions, it was also shortened to 3 laps however the pace of Fouracre saw him power from 14th to 6th

in that time, thus pleasing the 19 year old. “We were confident of the car pace and it was a matter of using our time to the best of our ability to make up race positions,” Fouracre added. Sunny conditions returned on Sunday with race 2 being one that created some confusion, Jake started from 6th before making it through to 3rd when a Safety Car was called, at the same time, fellow competitor Garry Jacobson was called for a drive through penalty due to a false start which was taken at the completion of the caution period, Sam Power (2nd) then inadvertently followed Jacobson into pit lane in a lapse of judgement that would then see Fouracre go through to claim the race win, and his maiden one in Formula Ford.

Jake was starting from pole for the final race of the season, and he would then lead the field for the opening laps of the race before a fast paced Garry Jacobson managed to get past the Melbourne teenager after a superb dice throughout the course of the event. Fouracre would hold on to claim 2nd for the race and the round, and the overall results from the year would see him claim the Victorian Formula Ford Championship based on the 6 contested rounds. “It’s been a superb season and to come out with a win is just brilliant, I would like to thank my sponsors and supporters because without them it would not have been possible. I’m now preparing myself towards a National Formula Ford season in 2012,” Fouracre concluded.

Searching for a Motorsport Star The 2011 Arrow/Mygale Rewards day is scheduled for Tuesday the 13th of December at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria. Leading Mygale Formula Ford teams Sonic Motor Racing Services, Minda Motorsport, Team BRM, Anglo Australian Motorsport and Evans Motorsport Group and their engineering staff will all be on hand to ensure the young karters attending get the best out of the day.

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Mygale have arranged a pre-track introduction session for all attendees, with a media specialist, personal trainer, former Formula Mygale Ford Champion and last year’s Arrow Mygale winner on hand to guide you towards becoming the best in motorsport.

Last year’s winner Todd Hazlewood recently completed his successful test day. Todd continues to race karts in 2011 and will begin racing in the Victorian State Series in 2012.

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Dominant year for Mygale An unprecedented year of domination has concluded in 2011 with Mygale taking the first six places in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.

Ford, Porches and V8 Supercars and lead the way in Australian Motorsport.

The year was dominated by talented young Victorian driver, Cameron Waters, who not only claimed the title with one race meeting in hand, but also won the Shannons Supercar Showdown reality show that played out on 7Mate.

Hot on Cameron’s heels was a fellow Victorian in a Mygale chassis with another Mygale team, Jack LeBrocq.

Cameron has been supported by Sonic Motor Racing Services, who, with the 2011 championship win, have now collected their sixth AFFC title. Sonic Motor Racing Services, headed up by experienced campaigner, Michael Ritter, have won championships in Formula

Sonic book-ended the championship with Nick Foster placing third for the 2011 year.

Jack, a CAMS Rising Star, completed an incredibly successful year supported by the Minda Motorsport CRS team with a well deserved second place in the AFFC. Jack’s outright speed has been evident to all and he is a deserving runner up in what is Australia’s toughest class of motor racing. Since Minda made the decision to change

chassis at the beginning of the 2011 year, they have seen an amazing turn of speed. With very little time to adapt to the French machines, Minda have surged to the front of the pack, taking Jack to second place, but also placing CRS drivers, Tom Williamson, and Trent Harrison into fourth and fifth in the title. It was also Tom Williamson’s mid year move from the factory Spectrum team to the Minda Mygale outfit that saw him find true speed. Sixth and ninth place were taken, again in Sonic Mygales, by rookie drivers Gary Jacobson and Matthew Brabham respectively. Either of these two drivers would certainly be seen as potential championship winners for 2012.

2011 Australian Formula Ford Championship - Final Pointscore DRIVER

TEAM

CHASSIS

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Cameron Waters Linde Material Handling Mygale SJ011a 331 Jack LeBrocq CAMS Rising Star Mygale SJ011a 257 Nick Foster Steeline/Sonic Mygale SJ011a 251 Tom Williamson Minda Motorsport Spectrum 012/Mygale SJ011a 201 Trent Harrison CAMS Rising Star Mygale SJ011a 156 Garry Jacobson Sonic Motorsport/Jacobsons Transport Mygale SJ08a 137 Liam Sager Xceed/Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 012 130 Daniel Erickson Bosch Batteries Spectrum 012 104 Matthew Brabham Sonic Motor Racing Mygale SJ10a 95 Shae Davies Davbridge Constructions/Borland Racing Spectrum 011c 93 Mathew Hart * Seears Workwear/Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 012 70 Jesse Fenech * Evans Motorsport Spectrum 012/Mygale SJ10a 64 Tom Goess Team BRM/RTS Refrigeration Mygale SJ09a 23 Nick Cassidy * Evans Motorsport Group Mygale SJ011a 22 Andre Borell Master Electricians/simPRO Mygale SJ10a 17 Adam Graham Evans Motorsport Mygale SJ10a 13 Josh Hunter * Pick ‘N Payless Mygale SJ07 12 Sam Power * Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 011c 11 Peter Major * Tandersport/Pro Race Products Stealth S3 10 Simon Hodge * Team BRM/simonhodgeracing.com Mygale SJ11a 9 * denotes Rookie

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Mygale take Top 11 Spots in 2011 Victorian Fiesta Formula Ford Series

Jake Fouracre took the Silverware in the Victorian series in his rookie year

In an unbelievable result, and backing up Mygale’s Australian Formula Ford championship domination, Mygale drivers have taken positions one through to 11 in the Victorian Fiesta Formula Ford series.

Starting from the rear in terrible conditions and a shortened 3 lap race 1, Jake went on to take a race win and second to Sonic Mygale driver Gary Jacobson for the weekend. This was enough for Jake to take the 2011 series.

With the finals being run at a wet and windy Phillip Island, it was Jake Fouracre, (Minda) the Formula Ford rookie who took the honours from fellow Mygale driver Jon Venter. (Anglo), with Jordan Lloyd (Evans) taking third in the championship, even though he did not attend the last round.

Even more incredible is the total dominance of the Mygale chassis with 5 separate Mygale teams taking 11 drivers into the top 11 positions for the series. The beautifully engineered Mygale chassis has shown it’s strength, durability and consistent performance on any track world wide. The chassis adapted seamlessly to the new Avon tyre compound that were rolled out in Australian Formula Ford at the beginning of 2011. So much so, that the Mygale teams have left the competition reeling.

Fouracre, a Formula Ford rookie this year, was in fine form over the weekend, overcoming a difficult qualifying where a car slowed dramatically on the red flag. Jake was penalised for passing this car, with the end result that Jake was demoted from the front to the rear of the grid.

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The top 11 drivers in the Victorian series

have shown yet again why the French chassis is without doubt the best in the world today.

Victorian Formula Ford Fiesta Series 2011 1: Jake Fouracre

Minda Mygale

2: Jon Venter

Anglo Mygale

3 : Jordan Lloyd

Evans Mygale

4 : Matthew Brabham

Sonic Mygale

5 : Callum Mitchell

Minda Mygale

6: Josh Hunter 7: Tom Grech 8: Elliot Barbour

Sonic Mygale Minda VD/Mygale Evans/Minda Mygale

9: Greg Holloway

Evans Mygale

10: John Collins

Minda Mygale

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Mygale Australia News December 2011  

Official Newsletter of Mygale Australia