COMMAND IN FORMULA FORD TITLE CHASE
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Jacobson’s Round as LeBrocq takes contro
Mygale drivers have dominated the major placings in Round Six of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Sandown Motor Raceway in Melbourne.
his fellow competitors in race One to run out a convincing leader while behind him, LeBrocq, Anton DePasquale and series returnee Trent Harrison all showed good speed to finish inside the top six.
Sonic Motor racing Services driver Garry Jacobson took two victories and a second to complete his second round victory of 2012 while Championship leader Jack LeBrocq took victory in Race Two and a second and third place finish to extend his lead at the top of the championship standings.
Race Two saw a race-long, five car battle for the lead which ended in favour of the Minda Motorsport/CAMS Rising Star Mygale driver. LeBrocq and Jacobson swapping places at the head of the field multiple times throughout the race while Harrison improved one position to fifth and Macauley Jones came home in sixth place.
Jacobson showed a clean pair of heels to
Race Three was another classic, with
Jacobson diving down the inside of LeBrocq to take the race win and secure the round victory. The large crowd in attendance roared their approval as the race came down to the wire. LeBrocq’s anguish at losing the race would have been tempered by the fact that his main title challenger Mathew Hart failed to finish the third race. “I’m so proud of the whole Sonic team, they made the car so good this weekend,” Jacobson said. “The handling of the car was spot on, and I could drive it one hundred per cent.
ol of title chase at Sandown
“Everyone is absolutely buzzing with the result, it couldn’t have come at a better time, especially with the next round coming up at Bathurst.” With six races and a maximum of 122 points still available, Le Brocq now holds down a 50 point advantage over Hart, with Jacobson a further 14 points back in third. The Rookie of the Year title is likely to go down the wire, with Jones edging ahead of Sam Power by just two points. The penultimate round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship is scheduled for October 4-7, at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Jacobson and LeBrocq show off their Sandown silverware
Major prize announced for leading Mygale F Mygale drivers competing in the Australian and Victorian Formula Ford Championships have even more reason to smile after a major prize announced today.
Mygale made it’s Formula 3 debut in Australia earlier this year, with reigning Formula Ford champion Cameron Waters driving the M-07 chassis to its first podium position in Darwin.
The top Mygale driver in each of the championships will receive a test in a Mygale Formula 3 car courtesy of the French manufacturer’s Australian factory in an effort to provide a clear career path to Australian drivers looking to go to either V8 Supercars, Indy cars, or Formula 1.
“We’ve got a new car due in the next few days that will be the basis of our 2013 Formula 3 program,” said Woodrow.
Mygale’s Greg Woodrow announced the prize and was excited to provide the opportunity to some of Australia’s best up -and-coming talent. “We’ve always been very proactive when it comes to promoting local talent,”said Woodrow. “We’ve run the Arrow Rewards program for a few years now and that has grown into the biggest and best talent identification program that helps kids get out of karting and into Formula Ford.
“It will be the same spec car that’s taken four wins in the F3 Euro Series so far this season so we’ll be aiming to make a big impression in F3 next year. “In the meantime we look forward to giving the leading Mygale drivers in Formula Ford the chance to get some experience in a wings and slicks car. This is a chance of a lifetime for these guys! “It’s also a great opportunity for us to evaluate some drivers and for them to gain experience in another category of car.”
“Anton DePasquale won that program last year and he’s been doing great things in state level and national Formula Ford this year, so that program is working well. “Now with our Formula 3 chassis proving to be very competitive in Australia and in Europe we’ve developed this program to give our drivers another step up the ladder when the time is right. “We’ve been very successful with seating our drivers into competitve drives in the UK Formula Ford Championship, Formula Ford Festival and other major events overseas so this will give them a little bit of a leg up if they want to get into a wings and slicks category either here or overseas.”
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Fouracre impresses in F3 debut Reigning Victorian Formula Ford Champion Jake Fouracre has made a stunning debut into the F3 ranks with a second place finish in Race Two and a third in class for the weekend at Phillip Island.
Victorian then hunted down and passed outgoing series Champion Chris Gilmour and held off the advances of this year’s series winner James Winslow to secure second place, Mygale’s best ever result in it’s limited time in the F3 series.
The final round of the F3 Australian Drivers Championship threw up a challenging set of conditions at the F3 rookie, but he handled all with a confidence that belied his inexperience in the ‘wings and slicks’ category.
“To be honest I could have pushed harder but by the time I got into second Hayden was a long way up the road and I couldn’t have caught him,” Fouracre said.
After a sixth place finish in Race One on Saturday the heavens opened just prior to the start of Race Two held on Sunday morning. Starting from sixth on the grid Fouracre made a blinding start to be third place at the end of lap one. The young
“The car was faultless, the conditions were pretty challenging but it didn’t step out on me once throughout the entire race.” Unfortunately for Fouracre he stalled the car at the start of Race Three and lost touch with the leaders, eventually finishing
in eighth after a lonely race, but his results were still good enough to give him third for the round. Mygale boss Greg Woodrow was rapt with the performance of Fouracre and the M-07 chassis. “Jake has done a tremendous job all weekend,” Woodrow said. “He’s driven with a remarkably level head, especially during the wet race, and he’s given us some great feedback on the car which we’ll look at in our debrief. “He’s driven very well, especially considering he has only had one day in the car before this weekend - we couldn’t be happier with the job he’s done this weekend.”
Fouracre lines up alongside 2012 champion James Winslow for Race Three on Sunday
Mygale looking towards Indy Lights test it at Magny Cours for a few days before they come over here. Once they’re Stateside we’ll obviously establish a headquarters in Indianapolis and hire the appropriate number of people to support the project and create a support staff with the Indianapolis headquarters with a significant amount of manufacturing to be conducted in the City of Indianapolis.”
Interest in the new 2014 Firestone Indy Lights Series car continues to build as IndyCar/Indy Lights team owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey have entered the fray. Through their Bryan Hera Autosport outfit, the partners have served as the American importer for the popular French Mygale chassis and hope to turn the Formula F, F2000 and Formula 3 constructor into chassis of choice for the Lights series. “The Indy Lights proposal from us is really an extension of our recent formation of Mygale America; we’re the North American importer and distributor for all of Mygale racing cars, Compared to names like Dallara, Lola and Swift, Mygale isn’t exactly a household name for open-wheel fans in the United States, but as Newey points out, the constructor is highly respected among those who make cars for the junior categories. “They’ve obviously been at the leading edge of the Formula 1600 and Formula 2000 global competition, especially in Europe and Australia as well. And they also have a Formula 3 car, which they built over 18 of those cars that are competing in the Italian Formula 3 Championship. So it’s a very competitive car. And that’s one of the few series that I’m aware of that
actually have open chassis competition, most of the other open-wheel series in the world today have spec chassis requirements.” With the current Dallara Indy Lights chassis coming in right at $200,000, Bryan Herta Autosport and Mygale have secured government support to keep its new-car cost to almost the same price owners are paying today. “We do have kind of an insider’s perspective on the financial issues that each team faces in the series. I think that’s one thing that we’re very, very proactive and want to maintain that price point so we can get as many cars on the grid as we possibly can. “And I think that is our primary goal, to put together a very cost-effective package. We are fortunate to be able to provide a cost-effective, turnkey solution and based on the fact that the French government does support the project.” “The project is going to be carried out with a variety of different European suppliers to begin with. And primarily on the carbon fiber side, in terms of the monocoque and the crash structures that are going to be required to be homologated.” “Once we get the prototypes built, we plan to build in France and potentially
“Once the concept is proven we will then bring in current Indy Lights engineering support that is very knowledgeable in terms of what the requirements are of the car. That will be a natural contribution that our team will make to the design of the car. In addition to some of the technology that’s obviously very current, open-wheel technology in Europe, in terms of FIA crash specifications. There’ll all be to the latest FIA specs. Beyond supplying the Indy Lights series with its cars, Newey also hopes to use the 2014 car to engage the next generation of racing designers and engineers at the college level. “One of the things that we hope to be able to contribute to is the activation, the promotion of the series and what we have in consideration now is the donation of the intellectual property rights to the car to universities that can basically provide their students with a real-time automotive development laboratory – and they can use this tool to recruit new engineering students. They can build it and develop it as they see fit. That’s important to us because we need to also develop the next crop of young people to staff the series. “We’re trying to make racing cool and trying to provide an educational component to this program that hopefully Teamnew BRM’s Simon continues to will create fans forHodge the series and improve afterIndy a trying start toseries the season basically get the Lights out there where it needs to be and support series to become what we all hope it will be in the near future.”
Nicholas Latifi leads Mygale teammate Ricardo Agostini during the last round of the Italian F3 Euro Series
Agostini assumes leads in Euro F3 title Another dominant weekend from JD Motorsports driver Ricardo Agostini at Vallelunga has seen the 18 year old assume the lead in the Italian F3 Euro Series. Agostini was dominant during proactice and qualifying, placing his Mygale on pole for the weekend’s first and second events. Agostini dominated Race One to take his fifth win of the year, and recovered to finish third in Race Two after being pushed into the gravel on the first lap. The third event of the weekend featured a reverse grid and Agostini skilfully managed to avoid a four-car pile-up that occurred on the opening lap around the “Curvone” bend that eliminated Agostini’s main championship rivals.
Immediately jumping up second, behind his JD Motorsports Mygale team-mate Nicholas Latifi, the Paduan driver drove a measured race setting the fastest lap and taking second place at the chequered flag, securing the Rookie championship a round in advance, and taking the first Mygale One-Two in the series. The JD Motorsport’s driver assumes the lead of the Italian F3 European Series, two points ahead of Brandon Maisano, and second in the Italian Championship, just one point behind the Prema driver. The final event of the 2012 season will be at the famous Monza circuit on the weekend of October 20-21.
Ford Clinches Pacific Formula F Title, Eastern Series To Be Decided at Finale
Brandon Newey will be fighting for the championship when the US F1600 wraps up at Las Vegas next month
Connor Ford continued his nearly perfect season in the 2012 Corsa Car Care presents Pacific Formula F Super Series with another pair of race wins September 8-9 at Buttonwillow Raceway in California, scoring his seventh and eighth victories in 10 starts this season and clinching the championship with two races remaining. Meanwhile, the Eastern US-based F1600 Formula F Championship will go down to the wire, as title contenders Brandon Newey and Matias Koykka traded victories – and some contact – August 25-26 at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia. In the West Coast series, Ford and his PR1 Racing Honda Mygale were untouchable at Buttonwillow, qualifying on the pole for both races, and leading Ed Erlandson – his most consistent rival this season – to the checkers each day. Ford’s first victory of the weekend was enough for the teenager to clinch his first
Formula F title, and his win on Sunday pushed his championship points total to an insurmountable 318, to Erlandson’s 199. Ford also won the Pacific Formula 2000 Championship in 2011, and is one of eight finalists in the 2012 Team USA Scholarship program. Back east, the Summit Point race weekend opened with no fewer than four cars battling for the lead, with young Canadian Garrett Grist and Australian Shae Davies taking turns at the front along with Koykka and Newey, another 2012 Team USA finalist. Last-lap drama resulted in contact between Newey – leading at the time – and the second-running Davies. Newey spun, but recovered to finish a disappointed third behind Koykka and Grist, while Davies was unable to continue. For Sunday’s race, a brief but heavy rain shower prior to the start added even more drama. Newey took the early lead, but
was one of many front-runners to spin at least once during the 30-minute event. Jeremy Grenier took over at the front in his Citation Honda, but also spun – as did Koykka, Davies, Steve Oseth and Roberto Lorena. All had a shot at victory in the race’s ever-changing conditions. In the final laps, Newey returned to the lead to claim his third victory of the season, followed home by Grenier and Koykka. With the win, Newey reclaimed the points lead by a narrow 392-386 edge over Koykka, while Grenier (315 points) and Grist (295) also remain in mathematical contention for the title. The F1600 Formula F Championship Series concludes next month with another double-header race weekend, October 12-14 at Watkins Glen International Raceway in upstate New York. The Corsa Car Care presents Pacific Formula F Super Series wraps up a week earlier, with its October 5-7 season-finale doubleheader on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway road course.
2012 Australian Formula Ford Championship - After Six of Eight rounds DRIVER
Jack LeBrocq Minda Motorsport/CAMS Rising Stars Mygale SJ12a 302 Mathew Hart Innovative Fibre Industries/Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 014 252 Garry Jacobson Sonic/CMV Truck and Bus Mygale SJ12a 238 Shae Davies Borland Racing Developments/Davbridge Spectrum 014 172 Macauley Jones * Minda Motorsport/CAMS Rising Star Mygale SJ11a 107 Sam Power * Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 014 105 Simon Hodge * Team BRM Mygale SJ12a 89 Jonathan Venter Anglo Motorsport Mygale SJ10a 64 Anton DePasquale Sonic/Shamick Racing/Kema Kart Mygale SJ12a 58 Liam Sager Xceed/Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 014 37 Rhett Noonan Sonic Motor Racing/Accuweigh,Jaypak Cartons Mygale SJ11a 36 Tom Goess Team BRM Mygale SJ12a 32 Trent Harrison Ozstaff/Evans Motorsport Group Mygale SJ10a 26 * denotes Rookie
2012 Australian Formula 3 Championship - FINAL STANDINGS DRIVER
James Winslow R-Tek Motorsport Dallara F307 - Mercedes 276 Chris Gilmour Gilmour Racing/WASHit.com.au Dallara F307 - Mercedes 215 Steel Guiliana R-Tek Motorsport Dallara F304 - Spiess 141 Jordan Skinner Team BRM Dallara F307 - Mercedes 111 Hayden Cooper BF Racing Dallara F304 - Spies 107 John Magro Team FNQ Larger/Magro Msport Dallara F307 - Mercedes 88 Ben Gersekowski BF Racing/Vicâ€™s Timbers Dallara F304 - Mugen 81 Lockie Marshall LORD Structural Adhesives Dallara F304 - Mugen 56 Cameron Waters G-Force Motorsport Mygale M307 - Mercedes 25 Jon Mills MIlls Motorsport Mygale M307 - Mercedes 3 *Waters and Mills each contested only One Championship Round
2012 Victorian Formula Ford Championship - After Four of Five rounds DRIVER
Jonathan Venter Anglo Motorsport Mygale SJ10a 339 Anton DePasquale Sonic/Shamick Racing/Kema Kart Mygale SJ12a 313 Caleb Rayner Harvest Motorsport Spectrum 012b 238 Hamish Hardeman Andrew Hardeman Denture Clinic Mygale SJ10a 181 Macauley Jones Minda Motorsport/CAMS Rising Star Mygale SJ09a 178 Todd Hazlewood Minda Motorsport/Fujitsu Racing Mygale SJ07a 170 Simon Hodge Team BRM Mygale SJ12a 148
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Published on Oct 29, 2012