WE SALUTE OUR CHAMPIONS 2013 Season Review
Volume 2, Issue 1
Greg Woodrow Mygale Australia
A great year for Mygale It’s been a wonderful year for all of us at Mygale, full of hard work by our teams and the deserved success that the effort brings. Our teams and drivers in both Formula Ford and Formula 3 need to be congratulated for their extraordinary efforts throught the 2013 seasons, which culminated in the vast majority of trophies being awarded to Mygale teams. In Australia we took our third consecutive Formula Ford Championship with Anton DePasquale and Sonic Motor Racing Services delivering on the promise showed by the young driver at the tail end of 2012. Anton is a wonderful talent and we look forward to watching his progress as he heads to Europe in 2014. Our state level drivers also tasted success with Hamish Hardeman taking out the CAMS Victorian Championship and Chris Anthony victorious in NSW. Cameron Walters also prevailed in NSW in the FF1600 series while in the national series Jordan Lloyd was a deserved winner of the Rookie of the Year title.
Our Formula 3 program continues to gain momentum with Nick Foster running our new Mygale M11 chassis with great success in 2013. The crew at Team BRM took the challenge of moving to a different chassis with their usual professionalism and a win in the prestigious City of Darwin Cup was a highlight. 2014 looks like being another stellar year. We’ve got a rejuvenated, more cost-effective Formula Ford National Series coming on line and a number of new Formula 3 cars now in the country for Simon Hodge, John Magro and Arie Marree. There’s also the impending arrival of the all-new Formula 4 class. Having just travelled to Mygale HQ in France I can tell you that I’m very excited about the potential of this category. There will still be a place for both Formula Ford and Formula 3 but Formula 4 will be an important step on the ladder for drivers with international aspirations as it will be a truly global class. Thanks again to all of our fantastic teams and drivers for their efforts in 2013 and the best of success to you all in 2014.
Conroy the victor in NZ Formula Ford Championship
Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy has driven his Mygale to victory in the 2103/14 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship The Twenty-two year old sealed the title with a race to spare when he won the second race of the final round at Taupo Motorsport Park. Conroy headed to Taupo with a 97 point lead over Christchurch driver Michael Collins and started the weekend in the best possible fashion, taking pole position for Saturday afternoon’s 10 lap race by over half a second. Conroy subsequently won the Saturday race to extend his points lead to 105 and victory in the second race of the round early on Sunday gave him an unassailable lead in the championship. In winning the title Conroy become one of only a select few who have achieved the feat in their rookie year. After sealing the title Conroy was back on track for Sunday afternoon’s final race over 12 laps to take another victory, his sixteenth out of
eighteen races. In a dominant season he also won five of the six rounds that constitute the championship. It was only at the fourth round at Hampton Downs that motor problems in two races cost him the chance to clean sweep the championship. An elated Conroy said that the penultimate race on Sunday morning had been a “pretty nervous race.” “I led from start to finish and the Mygale ran beautifully. There was a sigh of relief when I crossed the line.” Having clinched the title Conroy said, “it means the world to me.” “I’m happy for the whole team. They were over the moon! The championship was in everyones mind when we started and it was great to see it unfold. It was great that all our sponsors got to see what we could do.” Conroy also acknowledged Greg Woodrow of Mygale Australia who suggested some tweaks for Conroy’s Mygale chassis prior to the round.
Season Review New Zealand FF Championship
Season Review 2013 Australian FF Championship
DePasquale dominantes 2013 Australian Mygale star Anton De Pasquale is the 2013 Australian Formula Ford Champion, the Sonic Motor Racing Services driver sealing the title with a round to spare and underlining the 18 year-old’s star potential. The teenager from Werribee (Victoria) scored pole position and then took three race victories over the weekend at Phillip Island’s penultimate championship round to seal the championship in empahtic style. De Pasquale sealed the third straight title for the Mygale chassis and becomes the seventh driver to win the national Formula Ford championship for the Sonic Motor
FINAL STANDINGS: 1.Anton DePasquale 326 2.Liam Sager 266 3.Sam Power 265 4.Macauley Jones 261 5.Simon Hodge 152 6.Jordan Lloyd 132* 7.Tom Randle 131* 8.Luke Marquis 128* 9.Matt Campbell 67* 10.James Golding 63* *denotes Rookie of the Year competitor
Racing Services team, following in the footsteps of names like Will Davison and Jamie Whincup. Anton wins a test drive with FPR as part of his championship victory. De Pasquale’s Formula Ford championship victory not only places him in elite company but also seals his place in racing history: he becomes the 21st and final Australian Formula Ford champion as top level Australian competition returns to a national series format in 2014. “We have a board in our garage with a list of people who have won the championship with this team alone, and it’s incredible to
n Formula Ford Championship know that I’ll join that list,” he explained. “It will obviously look amazing on my resume to be known as the last champion and it’s a great feeling.” Mygale drivers took out seven of the top eight spots on the Championship table, with Minda Motorsport/CMAS Rising Star driver Liam Sager making a late run to finish runner-up and Macauley Jones, Simon Hodge, Jordan Lloyd, Thomas Randle and Luke Marquis all figuring in the final standings. Lloyd took out the honours in the Rookie of
the Year standings, finishing a solitary point clear of Thomas Randle. It was a nervous final round for Lloyd, who was forced to sit out the Championship finale in Sydney after a practice crash shortened his weekend. Randle, who joined the Championship after the opening round, fell just one point shy of the rookie title after the final race. The 2014 Australian Formula Ford National Series kicks off on the weekend on April 25-27 at Mallala Motorsport Park north of Adelaide where a new bunch of motorsport hopefuls will try to launch their careers on the national stage.
Season Review 2013 F3 Australian Drivers Championship
City of Darwin Cup the highlight in 2013 F3 Season 2013 was Mygale’s first full season in the F3 Australian Drivers Championship and it was a season that saw more success than could have been hoped for in what was essentially a development year. Nick Foster, in the BRM-fettled Mygale M11 produced a number of stunning drives over the course of the Championship to finish third in the standings and along the way took Mygale’s first ever F3 victories in Australia. The season started with Foster and 2012 AFFC winner Jack LeBrocq in another Mygale chassis run by the Erebus Academy competing strongly but it was at Darwin that things started to click. Foster was absolutely awesome in the Northern Territory, taking Pole Position and two race wins to seal the prestigious City of Darwin Cup. Earlier in the year both LeBrocq and Foster had secured podium finishes at
FINAL STANDINGS: 1:Tim Macrow - 238, 2:John Magro -206, 3:Nick Foster - 150*, 4:Ben Gersekowski - 118, 5: Jordan Oon - 104, 6:Nathan Morcom - 95, 7:Jack LeBrocq - 66, 8:Arrie Maree - 56, 9:Todd Hazelwood - 55, 10:Steel Guiliana - 53 * Rookie of the Year Winner
Bathurst and LeBrocq backed that up with another third place finish at Symmons Plains. Unfortunately by Darwin LeBrocq had stepped out of F3 to concentrate on the Erebus GT program. He was replaced by Andre Heimgartner in the Erebus car but this was to be Foster’s weekend. If not for being taken out by a fellow competitor in Race One he would have taken a clean sweep for the weekend. More podiums followed at Sydney Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway Phillip Island and Sandown leaving Foster to take a third place championship finish. The Darwin victory marked the first Australian Championship F3 race win for any car other than a Dallara. With more cars coming on line on and a year of experience under our belts we’ll be going out to taste Championship victory in 2014.
Hardeman secures title in Victorian CAMS Formula Ford Championship Impressive pace and good consistency throughout a hard-fought season saw Hamish Hardeman secure victory in the 2013 CAMS Victorian Formula Ford Championship The Mygale driver maintained his determination to score top results throughout the year, with victory at Sandown in Round Three propelling his campaign towards the second half of the year. “I kept my head down and knew there was a job to be done so I remained focused on having this one last chance to win the championship. It was really good to show some consistency,” Hardeman said. An impressive display through changing conditions during the Championship’s
final round at Phillip Island saw Hardeman capitalise on his third place in qualifying to finish with three second place finishes from three starts across the race weekend. This enabled the Mornington Peninsula driver to secure the Championship.
Season Review 2013 CAMS Victorian Formula Ford Championship
“It is amazing to have been declared the winner of the CAMS Victorian Formula Ford Championship, It is the best feeling to have finished the year with such good results,” he said. “I would like to thank Paul Stephenson and Peter Gough for all there help preparing my race car for each round, Sonic Motor Racing Services, Greg Woodrow and everybody at Mygale for the support, and most of all my parents. Without all these people it wouldn’t have been possible.”
FINAL STANDINGS: 1:Hamish Hardeman - 303 2: Tom Grech - 285 3:Nick Ellen - 275 4:Christian Morina - 233 5:James Golding - 218 6:Jake Spencer - 205 7:Thomas Randle -184 8:Julian Lunetta -173 9:Nick Rowe - 145 10:Trent Grubel - 140
Season Review 2013 NSW Formula Ford Championships
Anthony and Walters prevail in NSW Formula Ford Champs In the NSW Formula Ford Championship it was Chris Anthony in the Anglo Australian Motorsport prepared Mygale who came into the last round with a handy lead however finishing all three races was required to ensure the championship was his. The first two races of the final round were frantic with all four formula ford frontrunners changing places throughout leaving Anthony third in race one and fourth in race two. The young gun from Cooma regrouped and dominated the final race of the year to secure the championship The last round of the season was indicative of the entire championship with each of the
FINAL STANDINGS: FF Fiesta 1:Chris Anthony - 404 2: Jacob Parsons - 366 3:Trent Grubel - 333 4:Glen Welch - 319 5:Caitlin Wood - 184 FF1600 1:Cameron Walters - 394 2: Kane Coleman - 312 3:Jarrad Corney - 307 4:Mark Lowing - 304 5:Emma Brown - 241
top four drivers winning races throughout the ultra-competitive year. In the NSW Formula Ford 1600 Championship Anglo Australian Motorsports prepared Mygale of Cameron Walters completed the season with two seconds and a third knowing that consistency in the final round was all that was required to wrap up the title. Walters solid performances throughout the year in the Fastway Couriers Mygale gave him a solid lead going into the final round at Sydney Motorsport Park and he drove smartly to ensure he secured the title.
The inside story on FIA Formula 4
The Future FIA Formula 4
FIA Formula 4 is without doubt the future of junior open wheel motor racing across the globe.
the steps easier to follow for everyone, and make sure that the entry level formula is set at a cost that is non-restrictive.
The President of the FIA, Jean Todt and Gerhard Berger who is President of the FIA’s Open Wheel Commission, have put the regulations in place with the idea that globally the class is the first step on the road to Formula One.
“They’ve asked the manufacturers to build cars to certain price points that the end user should find much more attainable than the costs some junior formulae are at this time.
Berger wants a global platform based on a carbon fibre tub and with wings and slicks that gives our young drivers a funnel to F1 and something that simplifies the current class structure, and that does it at an affordable cost. “In Europe especially there are just too many classes that are portraying themselves as the best junior formula,” said Mygale Australia’s Greg Woodrow. “What the FIA are trying to do is to make
“And I can tell you from visiting the factory last month that the new Mygale Formula 4 is a great looking piece of gear!” It is understood that the class will start in Italy in 2014 with a number of countries, including Australia, moving to the new cars in 2015. Although there has been some confusion with the British F4 class that is already running, FIA Formula 4 is a completely new, stand alone class that is open to all manufacturers of both cars and engines. At this point each nation will take the class on with one chassis and one engine chosen by the ASN, but the chassis/engine combination will differ around the globe. Mygale have been the first manufacturer to dive in and develop this new chassis, and with their experience in building the Formula BMW over the past ten years, they have the experience required to supply a car that everyone will want to race. We look forward to being involved as FIA Formula 4 takes off across the globe over the next couple of years.
Season Review 2013 British FF Championship
Cammish’s perfect season nets British F The 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain came in two parts: With Dan Cammish, and post-Dan Cammish. The first 24 races of the season were all about Cammish. The JTR/Mygale man was rarely troubled over the first eight weekends of the year as he used his previous singleseater experience to dominant effect. 24 wins in 24 races indicate just how out of touch Cammish was for his rivals, with that accentuated by the fact he was only headed in three races, and only on one occasion did a rival lead more than three laps before the 24 year old got ahead.
FINAL STANDINGS: 1:Dan Cammish – 739pts 2:Harrison Scott – 635pts 3:Juan Rosso – 589pts 4:Sam Brabham – 477pts 5:James Abbott – 476pts 6:Jayde Kruger – 471pts 7:Nico Maranzana – 448pts 8:Camren Kaminsky – 421pts 9:Andrew Richardson – 37pts 10:George Blundell – 136pts
Alongside the 24 wins, Cammish also carded 22 pole positions and 19 fastest laps, leading an incredible 396 racing laps out of 415. That meant he comfortably wrapped up the title with two weekends to spare, allowing him to depart and focus on a targeted BTCC move for 2014. The final six races therefore took the competitive, action-packed racing that had occurred in the champion’s rear-view mirrors, and thrust it into the limelight, with coveted race wins now clearly up for grabs. One of the drivers to grab a race win on the penultimate weekend at Silverstone was Harrison Scott. The Falcon Motorsport/
Formula Ford Title Mygale ace was Cammishâ€™s most consistent challenger over the season, picking up thirteen podium finishes during the championâ€™s streak, leading him twice at Oulton Park and Croft. The Silverstone win, coupled with a double podium on the final weekend, meant the 17 year old comfortably ended the year as the championship runner-up, wrapping up the Scholarship Class title and the Mazda Road To Indy Driver of the Year award in the process.
podium finisher, the third-generation racer was unlucky not to cap it off with a win at Silverstone, having led all three races at one stage. All top 10 places in the 2013 British Championship were filled by Mygale drivers despite the challenge from the new Sinter chassis that proved to be outpaced comprehensively by the French machines.
Over at JTR alongside Cammish, Aussie Sam Brabham was ever-improving over the course of his maiden season. A regular
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Published on Mar 12, 2014