Three rounds, three winners

The Formula Vee Australian Series joined us at The Bend Motorsport Park for Round 4 of the SA championship. Border restrictions limited interstate entries but a number of teams have made the trip from Western Australia for the final round of the series.

Less than a tenth of a second was the margin for pole position taken by the Team Caisley / DMC Airconditioning Jacer F2K8 driven by David Caisley, Ben Forgan was alongside him on the grid for Norbar Torque Tools. Franz Esterbauer was the fastest 1200 for Cycles Mandurrah. April Welsh was unfortunate to suffer the first of two mechanical failures of the weekend in qualifying after making the long journey from WA.

In a successful weekend for the Western Australian drivers David Caisley went on to win all five races of the weekend in the 1600 class, while Franz Esterbauer took 4 of the 1200 races with race three won by Matthew Bialek from SA.

The SA state round was won by Ben Forgan who raced closely all weekend with David Caisley and round 2 winner Daniel Westcott. Ben was the first South Australian home in 4 of the 5 races after Daniel Westcott took the honours in race 1 and second for the round. Sean Grimmond finished 3rd of the South Australians in the first 4 races of the weekend and was third again with 3 laps to run in the final race before a mechanical failure took him out of the running for a maiden round podium. Michael Lloyd was in position to take 3rd for the round after a clean and consistent weekend to step onto the podium on his return to Formula Vee racing.

1600 class race winner Matthew Bialek entered the 1200 class to contest the National series and took two seconds and a win, while collecting all 5 race wins in the SA 1200 class.

The rescheduled Round 3 of the championship at Mallala Motor Sport Park will now be the season finale. Although there are 4 drivers with a mathematical chance of winning, all eyes will be on Ben Forgan and Daniel Westcott with Ben leading 258 to 238. The defending champion Adam Newton is unlikely to defend his title this year having missed Round 4 but will be keen to finish 3rd, he is only 15 points behind Sean Grimmond who is on 165.