Ellery Motorsport Newsletter - June 2019
The month of June was fast paced for us. Between race meetings, test days and restoration work at the factory, we also added some new products to our new online store:
Eagle-eyed customers will notice that we now have Ferodo brake pads to suit both Kent and Duratec-powered Formula Fords on our website, with hard and soft compounds available.
For our customers who are lucky enough to own multiple open-wheel racing cars but need some extra space, we have designed and built a solution. Our portable double deck race car trolleys are universal to suit multiple types of open-wheelers. These are made to order, with multiple colours and wheel options available. The delivery timeline for a trolley is around 2 weeks from date of order. Find them here on our online store.
During the first week of the month, we received some exciting news from the guys at Synergy Race Engines. A meticulously rebuilt BDA Cosworth engine was about to be run on the dyno, in prep for installation into Richard Davison's beautiful Ralt RT4. The history and authenticity of this particular car are unbelievable, it is arguably one of the most "low mileage" Ralt RT4s in the world. We will have a full article about this car and its history once it's ready, in the meantime check out some photos and videos of the restoration work on our Facebook page. We estimate that the car will be cutting laps prior to the end of the season.
From the 14th to the 16th of June, the team was at Winton Motor Raceway for round three of the 2019 Victorian Formula Ford Series.
Prior to the round, Luke refurbished the cylinder head on our Spectrum 06b and within hours we had the car hooked up to our 2018-model Dynapack hub dyno to check the results. Success! As time goes on, we are continually expanding our knowledge of the Kent 1600 engines and our in-house dyno has been integral to assuring engine reliability and strong horsepower.
Doug Williams and Malcolm Coleman were again driving our pair of Spectrum Kent cars at Winton. After varied conditions on Friday - including a torrential downpour - the team enjoyed a cold but sunny weekend.
Doug was in his groove straight away, getting within striking range of his personal best laptime. Doug eventually managed to topple it during race two, clinching his 4th PB this season at three different tracks! After a solid points-haul at Winton, Doug now sits third in the championship standings and is looking forward to the next stage of the season. He will be back on track at Sandown Raceway on July 19th-21st for round four of the 2019 Victorian Formula Ford Series.
On the other side of the garage, it was a bittersweet weekend for Malcolm at Winton. He hadn't raced at the Victorian track for a few years and the aim was to move forward every session. Malcolm was doing exactly as planned over each outing, comfortably getting to grips with the Spectrum 010. By Saturday afternoon Malcolm was right in the pack and dicing for the Kent podium. Unfortunately, during the last lap of race 2 on Sunday, Malcolm and Peter Fitzgerald tangled at the exit of turn 3, which prematurely ended Malcolm's weekend. Thankfully both drivers were uninjured. Up until that point, it was shaping up as a very good weekend for Malcolm.
After the State Series round at Winton, we got our hands onto a special project. One of our friends brought his grandson's ride-on toy car for a makeover at the Ellery Motorsport workshop. After a few hours, the car was in a matching colour scheme to his grandfather's 1984 Royale Sports 2000 (see photos above). Little Hamish was very proud of his new race car, although the car-obsessed toddler was intrigued by the "larger" options available in our workshop!
On the 22nd we headed off to Phillip Island for a day of testing. This time it was Karl Seeberg who was having a run aboard his Duratec-powered Spectrum 014. Karl has been getting back up to speed in his newly acquired Spectrum, getting quicker at every outing. Karl's family joined him at Phillip Island for the day, with his boys loving every minute. It was a typical day at Phillip Island during winter, with rain and cold weather allowing Karl to get dialled into a wet track, his first on-track wet weather experience in about a decade.
On the very last day of the month (Sunday), we had the pleasure of having a long-term customer visit our workshop with his newly acquired Van Diemen RF01. Within an hour of arriving, we were running the Van Diemen on our Dynapack hub dyno. Whilst not the best engine we have tested, we were still very happy to gain over 7bhp by the end of the day. We are looking forward to seeing what this car and driver package is capable of in the future.
We have more testing and race events scheduled for July, so if you're interested in our day-to-day operations, keep an eye on our social media accounts:
Facebook - Ellery Motorsport
Twitter - @teamellery
Facebook - Varley Red Top Racing (for all the news about our customers using Varley Red Top batteries).
Test day - 12th July at Winton Motor Raceway
2019 Victorian Formula Ford Championship Round 4 - July 19th-21st at Sandown Raceway
Test day - 24th July at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit