Huge Formula Ford entry for Supercars meeting this weekend at Pukekohe
One of the largest Formula Ford fields for some time will compete in the second 2022/23 Giltrap Group North Island Formula Ford Series (NIFF) round in association with Napa as a support category for the Repco Supercars Championship weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway in Auckland.
It’s the second consecutive weekend for the series after a sizzling start to the season at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon in Feilding last weekend. Liam Sceats (Van Diemen Stealth) emerged with the perfect weekend claiming pole position and three race wins to lead the series from Blake Dowdall (Spectrum 015) and current NZ Formula Ford champion Alex Crosbie (Ray GR21). Sceats may describe his wins as lucky as any of a handful of drivers were always in contention for the chequered flag in each race.
“It should be good,” commented Liam Sceats. “I like the close racing at Pukekohe. The toe and draught are massive. It will be pretty competitive and it will be fantastic racing in front of a crowd.”
Added to the competition for this weekend is a strong contingent of ten drivers from the South Island. Joining Southland’s Alex Crosbie is current South Island Champion Zac Christensen (Ray GR20), 2019/20 South Island champion Jack Noble-Adams (Van Diemen Stealth) and race winners Simon Hunter (Mygale) and Matthew Hamilton(Van Diemen Stealth).
Veteran Formula Ford ambassador and campaigner Ken Smith has entered while Shane Drake (Van Diemen RF92) and Kyan Davie (Spectrum 015) make their return to the series.
On the line is a $500 cash prize for fastest qualifier provided by the Hampton Downs NZ Racing Academy. The award is part of the increased $66,000 prize pool from the Tony Quinn Foundation with funding for travel and testing opportunities with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing NZ. Qualifying and the first 10-lap race take place on Saturday with another 10-lap and a 12-lap race on Sunday.
Also on offer by NIFF and Napa is $1500 of cash prizes for 1st to 3rd, $750, $500 and $250 as well as the Napa Account credit of $230 for the overall winner.
A key to the successfully running of this season is the support from the Historic Formula Ford Club with several members making the trip to the Manawatu round. The Giltrap Group North Island Formula Ford Series is also supported by Yokohama, the Tony Quinn Foundation and NAPA Auto Parts.
Caption: Liam Sceats leads the NIFF series
Photo Credit: Geoff Ridder