1997 Australian Formula Ford Championship

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1997 Australian Formula Ford Championship
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The 1997 Australian Formula Ford Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title for drivers of Formula Ford racing cars.[1] It was 28th national series to be held in Australia for Formula Fords and the fifth to be contested under the Australian Formula Ford Championship name. [2] The championship, which was promoted as the Ford Motorsport / Slick 50 Australian Formula Ford Championship, was won by Western Australian Garth Tander, driving a Van Diemen RF95.[3]

Calendar[edit]

The championship was contested over an eight round series [3] with two races per round.[4]

Round [3] Circuit [3] State [3] Date [3]
1 Calder Victoria 15 March
2 Phillip Island Victoria 13 April
3 Sandown Victoria 27 April
4 Eastern Creek New South Wales 27 May
5 Lakeside Queensland 15 June
6 Barbagallo Western Australia 6 July
7 Mallala South Australia 13 July
8 Oran Park New South Wales 3 August

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on the results of each race as per the following table.

Position [5] 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Points [5] 20 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

Results[edit]

Position [6] Driver [6] No. [4] [7] Car [4] [7] Entrant [4] [7] Cal [6] Phi [6] San [6] Eas [6] Lak [6] Bar [6] Mal [6] Ora [6] Total [6]
1 Garth Tander 17 Van Diemen RF95 Ford Fastlane Racing 40 20 40 32 14 32 40 30 248
2 Marcos Ambrose 4 Van Diemen RF97 Ford Marcos Ambrose 26 16 28 40 40 22 30 36 238
3 Todd Kelly 12 Van Diemen RF95 Ford Todd Kelly - 32 32 10 30 40 1 21 166
4 Craig Zerner 35 Van Diemen RF95 Ford Craig Zerner 32 - 20 26 - - 10 20 108
5 Greg Ritter 36 Van Diemen RF94 Ford Greg Ritter 14 24 - 6 26 - 26 1 97
6 Christian Jones 27 Spectrum 06 Ford George Stockman - 18 - - 28 13 16 12 87
= Aaron McNally 74 Van Diemen RF97 Ford Aaron McNally 6 14 12 10 - 18 1 26 87
8 Adam Macrow 71 Spectrum 06 Ford Team Arrow 18 2 12 10 14 2 2 - 60
9 Justin Cotter 7 Mygale SJ95 Ford Justin Cotter 12 4 14 14 - - - 4 48
10 Phillip Scifleet 77 Spectrum 06 Ford Phillip Scifleet 3 - 1 22 - 1 2 12 41
11 John Blanchard 3 Mygale SJ97 Ford Apache Constructors - 24 - 14 - - - - 38
12 Scott Bargwanna 9 Van Diemen RF95 Ford Scott Bargwanna - - 18 - 2 - - 14 34
13 Kerry Wade 14 Van Diemen RF94 Ford   12 - - - - 20 - - 32
= Brett Burvill 73 Van Diemen RF92 Ford Fastlane Racing 10 - - - - - 22 - 32
15 Ray Stubber 54 Spectrum 06 Ford   - - - - - 20 - - 20
16 Dugal McDougall 8 Mygale SJ97 Ford Apache Constructors 2 - - - 16 - - - 18
17 Damien White 31 Spectrum 06 Ford Team Arrow - 14 2 - - - - - 16
18 Christian Murchison 52 Van Diemen RF95 & RF94 Ford Fastlane Racing - - - - - 4 10 - 14
= Ken Smith 73 Van Diemen RF92 Ford Fastlane Racing - - - - - - 14 - 14
20 Ashley Cutchie 15 Swift SC96K Ford Swift Racing Cars - - - - 12 - - - 12
= Cameron Schearer 48 Mygale SJ95 Ford Apache Constructors 1 - - - 1 10 - - 12
22 Wayne Stoddard 46 Vector MG96 Ford W Stoddard 10 - - - - - - - 10
= Rodney Forbes 25 Van Diemen RF92 Ford R Forbes - - - - - - - 10 10
24 Dean Lindstrom 19 Van Diemen RF91 Ford   - 6 2 - - - - - 8
= Michael Simpson 38 Van Diemen RF96 Ford M Simpson - 8 - - - - - - 8
= Tim Leahey 75 Van Diemen RF96B Ford Tim Leahey - - - - - - 8 - 8
27 Scott Marsh 42 Swift SC92F Ford S Marsh - 4 - 2 - - - - 6
28 Andrew Reid 26 Swift SC97K Ford Inspired Racing - - - - 1 - 4 - 5
29 Murray Ditton 41 Spectrum 06 Ford Murray Ditton - - 4 - - - - - 4
= Owen Ow 55 Van Diemen RF94 Ford   - - - - - 4 - - 4
31 Christopher Dell 57 Van Diemen RF94 Ford Christopher Dell - - - - 2 - - - 2
32 Sam Oliver 80 Van Diemen RF94 Ford Prix Max - - 1 - - - - - 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Specific Conditions, Australian Formula Ford Championship, CAMS Manual of Motor Sports, 1997, pages 7-10 to 7-11
  2. ^ Records, Titles and Awards, 2006 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-5
  3. ^ a b c d e f 1997 FORD MOTORSPORT/SLICK 50 - AUSTRALIAN FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP Retrieved from www.formulaford.com.au on 1 August 2012
  4. ^ a b c d 1997 Results Calendar & Archive Retrieved from www.racetime.com.au on 7 July 2000 (individual race result pages no longer accessible)
  5. ^ a b 1997 Ford Motorsport/Slick 50 Australian Ford Ford Championship Final Pointscore, Formula Ford Assoc. Inc., 11-08-1997
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 1997 Formula Ford Pointscore, Motor Racing Australia, January/February 1998, page 69
  7. ^ a b c Entry list, Ford Motorsport / Slick 50 Australian Formula Ford Championship, Round 7, Race 1, Official Programme, Mallala, 13 July 1997