Ellery Motorsport Newsletter - August 2019
August was a productive month for us despite the typical Victorian winter rain. We didn't have many days scheduled for trackside activity, so we knackled down in the workshop on some ongoing projects.
We kicked the month off with a 4-day trip to Winton Motor Raceway for the 2019 Winton Festival of Speed event, organised by the VHRR. Richard Davison was our only driver for the 3-day race weekend, but was joined by Tim Berryman and Karl Seeberg for a test day on the Thursday, the day before the event kicked off.
This test was Tim's first outing in his newly acquired RF01 Van Diemen. Tim was impressed with the car straight out of the gat and demonstrated good pace, an awesome day considering it was his first run on the Yokohama AO48 control tyres.
Karl Seeberg was back in his Duratec-powered Spectrum 014, for what will be the last test day before the car gets some new panels fitted in September. Karl has returned to Formula Ford racing after a 10-year hiatus and is getting faster with every test day. His aim is to build his endurance up to maybe do a race in his Spectrum towards the end of the season. Karl had another consistent day at Winton, where he set a new PB and laid down a huge amount of laps.
Richard's day was all about getting back in the groove of driving his RF89 Van Diemen around Winton. This was the first of a 4-day weekend for him and it started on a high, as he set some quick lap times on Thursday, consistently quicker than his times at the same event last year. Unfortunately, Richard's weekend at Winton didn't go as well as it could have, with some bad luck hindering his chances of a podium finish for the weekend, despite running amidst the front group yet again. All weekend the racing was hard and fast, in true Formula Ford fashion.
On the 16th, we had a stunning 2.4 litre air-cooled Porsche 911 visit for some dyno testing. The main goal was to back-to-back a pair of mufflers and establish a working baseline for the car. While on the dyno, some jetting changes were made and some torque and horsepower gains were the result.
On the 19th, we had a very special seat fitting with Richard Davison, in his original Ralt RT4. He hadn't sat in this car since he last drove it in 1986, so it was a very special moment for all involved.
We also put some time into a beautiful Swift FB89, owned by Pete and Di McCluskey. We are gradually getting the car prepped for Historic Sandown in October, where 1988 Australian Formula Ford Champion David Roberts will be once again steering it to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the category in Australia.
Towards the tail-end of the month we picked up a freshly re-skinned Ralt RT4 tub from Borland Racing Developments. This particular car has a very significant history, having been driven by Keke Rosberg at the 1984 AGP at Calder Park. Once back together, this car will be brought back to the distinctive PYE livery as driven by Rosberg 35 years ago. This car will be a significant addition to the Formula Atlantic field in the country and a piece of history which has been given a fresh breath of life. More updates about this restoration will be revealed in the coming months as we get into it.
We ended the month working on one of our lease cars, the Spectrum 010 last raced by Malcolm Coleman. Malcolm was an unlucky victim of a crash at Winton in June, resulting in a bent chassis rail towards the rear of the car. With the chassis stripped and put back on the factory Spectrum jig, Mike Borland delivered once again with an outstanding repair wirhout delay. The chassis is now as good as new and is already back at the workshop and coming together after a fresh powder coat. We will have this beast ready for the final state round of the year at Phillip Island at the end of September.
New products available on our online store:
- Weber DGV 32-36 air horn