Ellery Motorsport Newsletter - September 2019
Our month of September was filled with action as we head towards the end of the 2019 racing season.
We spent the first Saturday of September down at Phillip Island with Richard Davison for a test day in his Van Diemen RF95, a car that has been branded the nickname "The White Weasel". This was Richard's first full day in the car after over three years. At the end of the day, Luke did a one-off session in Ewan Geals' 1983 Lola to give Ewan some feedback on the car.
During the month we knuckled down and made inroads with the current workload at the workshop, plus we had a trio of cars to prepare for Round 5 of the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships at Phillip Island.
We also had a pair of Historic Formula Ford cars on our dyno prior to the 2019 Historic Sandown race meeting. Thanks to our 2018 model Dynapack system we were able to give each of the owners an actual figure of what power their engines are making, taking out any "guesswork" from the equation. Both owners were positively surprised with the outcome at the end of their respective dyno sessions.
Former Historic Formula Ford racer George Thornton elected to have a drive in the team championship winning Spectrum 010. George wanted to have a race at Phillip Island prior to heading back to North America for work commitments. George joined regulars Douggie Williams and Richard Davison at Phillip Island on September 27-29.
The team enjoyed a successful and fun weekend at Phillip Island, with Richard finishing second for the round in his RF95 Van Diemen and Doug wrapping up 3rd position in the 2019 Victorian FF1600 Championship aboard our Spectrum 06b. George enjoyed his first weekend with the team, concentrating particularly on the data sessions to maximise his time in the car and develop his driving techniques. By the end of the weekend, George was able to run towards the front of the Kent field and challenge some of the National Kent competitors. Doug Williams rounded out the season with a new PB at every track on the schedule, a personal feat that deserves credit, in addition to his 3rd position in the drivers standings.
The weekend at Phillip Island also marked the season finale for the 2019 Australian Formula Ford Championship. This year we decided to support the category by giving a Varley Red Top VRT25 racing battery to the winner of the Privateer Cup. Zac Soutar, who also finished runner up in the championship, won the privateer cup convincingly. We send our congratulations to Zac and the whole team at Team Soutar Motorsport for the great season.
September 2019 was a memorable month for us and the history of Ellery Motorsport, as Jason Bonney started working with the team at the workshop on a casual basis, becoming our first employee (outside of subcontractors). Jason has a background in road car restoration, Formula Vee and Formula SAE, where he was hands on with a number of aspects of the car.
With restoration work and a couple of race meetings left in our calendar, we are looking forward to seeing what the end of 2019 will bring.