Ellery Motorsport Newsletter - November 2019
The 2019 racing season has now officially come to an end, as November marked the last race of the year for us. For this year, our finale was at the annual "Island Magic" meeting where we fielded three cars.
During the month we spread our time between ongoing restoration projects at the workshop, while prepping cars for the Island Magic. We have also commenced a pair of off-season Formula Ford rebuilds in preparation for the 2020 racing season.
This year the Island Magic meeting turned into a 4-day event for us, with a private practice day organised at Phillip Island on the Thursday of the race meeting. We had Karl Seeberg out in his beautiful Spectrum 014 for the day. The car has just been fitted with brand new bodywork and looks stunning in the new Apollo Projects livery. With a handful of Duratec cars on track, Karl had a chance to compare his speed with the regular drivers of the National Championship. Given the obscure gale force winds that seemed to change direction every session, our times were getting much closer to aligning with the regular competitors, and within reach of the National drivers, demonstrating that Karl's commitment to testing this year is paying off.
While not participating in the Thursday practice, Richard Davison, Malcolm Coleman and Luke Ellery were the designated drivers for the race meeting.
Richard had just come back from a fortnight of racing in the UK, battling the cold and rain while participating in the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy. Richard returned to Australia to be reunited with his trusty RF95 Van Diemen, dubbed "White Weasel". This car was previously driven by Garth Tander Alex Davison, Will Davison and James Davison.
Malcolm Coleman was back behind the wheel of our Spectrum 06b, a car that he previously raced at the 2018 Island Magic and at Bathurst at the beginning of the year.
Our team owner, Luke, was our third driver for the weekend, returning to racing after four years in the sidelines. Luke needed to complete a race event in order to be able to renew his CAMS licence for 2020. He was driving the trusty Spectrum 010 that has won over 40 races. Luke was looking forward to a fun weekend of racing with Richard, Malcolm and the other guys in the FF1600 field.
The team enjoyed a full weekend of sunny and warm racing at Phillip Island, with plenty of laughs and results delivered, claiming pole position and every race win for the weekend. Luke and Richard both started from the front row after a tight qualifying session on Saturday morning, while Malcolm placed our Spectrum 06b on the second row, almost setting a new PB on his first session of the weekend.
Luke went to win race 1 ahead of Richard, despite having to nurse an oil surging issue during the second half of the 8-lapper, while Malcolm finished a comfortable 4th.
After identifying the oil issue with Luke's car, which was fixable trackside but time-consuming, the team decided to park the car for the remainder of the weekend and sort it out back at the workshop, allowing Luke to concentrate on coaching Richard and Malcolm for both of Sunday's races.
After a lovely team dinner on Saturday night, Richard went on to absolutely dominate both races on Sunday to claim the Cooldrive Formula Ford 1600 Trophy, while Malcolm kept the car in one piece and focused on his driving to finish both races in third position, claiming third overall for the weekend.
Over the weekend, the team added another pole position, 3 race wins and 3 podium finishes to our tally, while enjoying every minute.
Our Christmas break is hardly a break for us, as we now have the chance to get stuck into our summer projects and begin testing for the 2020 season.
We still have a pair of spots available in our Kent and Duratec cars for the 2020 Victorian Formula Ford Championships, so get in touch with Alice if you'd like to join us trackside for the 2020 season.
The summer period is also the perfect time to get some work done on your historic or modern open-wheel race car. Give us a call if you need any maintenance completed before the beginning of the 2020 season. For $110 including GST we also offer an extensive car check-up with a written report to give you an overall picture of the health of your race car.
We wish you an enjoyable festive season! Drive safe and remember to organise a designated driver if you plan on drinking. Merry Christmas!
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