Ellery Motorsport Newsletter - July 2019
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Another month has come to an end and it's time to look back at what's happened here at Ellery Motorsport.
The month started with a smile for Alice, as we finally got her "resto-in-progress" Swift DB1 chassis off the storage rack and she had a chance to sit in it. Our goal is to have this car ready to race towards the tail-end of the season, with a driver to be disclosed in the coming months.
Luke fitted some new panels to Tim Berryman's new ride, a Van Diemen RF01. The car has been upgraded with a two-piece front nose with an internal crash box, giving a weight saving of around 5kg! Tim hasn't driven this car yet and we are looking forward to his first outing at the beginning of August up at Winton.
Over the course of the month, we had two test days plus one race meeting held at three different racetracks. Each outing went as scheduled, with plenty of clean running for all of the cars involved and some good track time for our drivers.
The first test was at Winton Motor Raceway, where Dean Koutsoumidis got some wet weather running under his belt on the 12th July. The weather gods were consistent, with continual rain during the day and a top of around 10 degrees C. While not glamourous, wet weather running can be very beneficial to muscle memory and refining car control skills.
Following DK's test, we helped out Ewan Geals get his Lola ready for a race event at Sandown. Ewan's list of jobs included a setup change to update the handling of his Historic Formula Ford. After a few hours of Luke's time, the Green Lola was turning in much better. Ewan is now heading to Phillip Island for round 5 of the 2019 Victorian Formula Ford Series at the end of September.
Our second outing for the month of July was at Sandown Raceway with Douggie Williams behind the wheel of our Spectrum 06b. Once again, Doug's goal for the weekend was to improve his technique around the challenging circuit and minimise the chances of damage. The weekend ended up being a great success for Douggie, who didn't just set a new P.B., but finished the weekend in third position behind Brendan Jones and John Connelly. Doug's next outing will be at Phillip Island on September 27-29 for the Victorian Formula Ford season finale
Just two days after the State round, it was our turn to head to Phillip Island with a fleet of four cars running at a private test day. Karl Seeberg and Dean Koutsoumidis were re-joining the team aboard their Spectrum 014 and Van Diemen RF89 respectively; while Richard Davison was having his first run since the Phillip Island Classic in March. Luke Ellery was the fourth driver, doing some shakedown laps in the "White Weasel" (Richard's Van Diemen RF95). The flu and last-minute work commitments meant that Karl and DK couldn't join us at the Island.
Another exciting moment at Phillip Island was the Formula Ford debut for James Pepper, a close friend of Richard's, who was given the keys to Pammy (Richard's RF89). James enjoyed a couple of sessions in the car, logging quicker times lap after lap and getting the feel for a purpose-built racing car.
We rounded out the month with some dyno work, after Luke had to diagnose an issue with a Formula Ford cylinder head. After a few hours on the dyno tuning the engine, we were happy to find around 5hp from the previous check, a great result which should make that particular engine competitive.
We head into August with the Winton Festival of Speed, along with a range of work on the ongoing restorations and rebuilds in the workshop.
New products available on our online store:
- Billet collard for Girling extension reservoirs. - Collet retainers for Kent FF1600 engines.
- Follower set for Kent FF1600 engines.
- Master cylinder condensation socks.
- Formula Ford brake discs.