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Quality field set for Sydney Motorsport Park

A great field of 17 Thundering Formula 5000s will be taking part at this weekend’s Sydney Classic Speed Festival taking place at Sydney Motorsport Park June 10/11.

Formula 5000 Program of Events

Qualifying is set for Saturday June 10 2017 with a 25 minute race in the afternoon and 2 20 minute races on the Sunday

Formula 5000 Entry List
1 The Roadworthy Shop Bryan Sala Matich A50
2 TEAM VDS Tom Tweedie Chevron B24/28
5 D Crabtree David Crabtree March
6 Theodore Racing Timothy Berryman Lola T332
7 D RUSSELL Darcy Russell Lola T330
9 A Hamilton Alfie Costanza McLaren M10B
11 M Glynn Mike Glynn Elfin MR8-BC
12 Listec Race Cars Glenn Welch Repco Matich A53
16 STREET EVENTS (AUSTRALIA) P/L Maxwell Pearson Elfin
24 Australian Classic Wire Wheels Paul Zazryn Lola T332
33 Racing Team VDS PTY LTD Frank Harris Chevron B24
37 A Kluver Andrew Kluver Lola
43 TYREPLUS Rod Carroll Lola T140
64 AA Automotive Racing Adrian Akhurst Lola T332C
69 B Griguol Brenton Griguol Lola
74 D camm Dean Camm Chevron B24
99 Splatt Group Robert Splatt March 732A

Sala wins Trans Tasman Series

Longtime Formula 5000 competitor Bryan Sala, took out the 2016/2017 Trans Tasman Formula 5000 Series. Bryan started off the series very well with a pole and 2 wins at the Barbagallo round and was fast and consistent throughout the series. Fellow victorian’s Peter Brennan, Paul Zazryn and Bill Hemming also ventured to the New Zealand rounds.

Big grid set for Phillip Island

A fantastic field of 28 cars are set to tackle round 5 of the Tasman Revival Series taking place at the 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport March 10-12 event.

Seven different marque’s are represented with Lola dominating the entry list with 13 entries. The remaining entry is made up of Elfin (4), Chevron (3), McLaren (3), Talon (3) and 1 each for March and Matich.

The very fast Tom Tweedie driving an ex VDS Chevron B24 has another Tom joining him next weekend. Tom Alexander, a protégé of veteran Formula 5000 Star Ken Smith will be driving Greg Thornton’s ex Peter Gethin driven Chevron B24.

Ken Smith returns to Phillip Island in his familar LaValise Travel liveried Lola T332 fresh from his recent wins at the New Zealand Grand Prix Meeting.

Tim Berryman makes his Formula 5000 debut driving the ex Alan Jones Theodore Lola T332. This car has in the past, been driven very quickly by the Davison family.

Almost 40 years since he won the 1976 Mirafiori 5000 Phillip Island Australian Gold Star Round, Alfredo Costanzo is still very quick and he will be racing an Alan Hamilton entered McLaren M10B.

Many of the Formula 5000 stars from the 70s are set to be at Phillip Island, including Kevin Bartlett, Johnnie Walker, John McCormack, Bruce Allison, Vern Schuppan, Alan Hamilton, Alfredo Costanzo, Warwick Brown and Jon Davison.

Formula 5000 Program of Events

Friday 11th March 2016
Qualifying 9.45am
Race 1.45pm

Saturday 12th March 2016
Race 6 laps 9.45am
Race 6 laps 1.55pm

Sunday 13th March 2016
Race 5 laps 9.45am
Race 10 laps 1.35pm

Formula 5000 Entry List
1 Aaron Burson (NZ) Talon MR1
2 Tom Tweedie (NSW) Chevron B24
6 Tim Berryman (NSW) Lola T332
7 D’arcy Russell (VIC) Lola T330
9 Alfredo Costanzo (VIC) McLaren M10B
10 Jay Bondini (VIC) Lola T332
11 Bill Hemming (VIC) Elfin MR8
12 Frank Karl (NZ) McLaren M10
14 Russell Greer (NZ) Lola T332
16 Maxwell Pearson (QLD) Elfin MR5
17 Tony Roberts (NZ) McLaren M10A
20 Tom Alexander (NZ) Chevron B24
24 Paul Zazryn (VIC) Lola T332
25 Philip Lewis (DK) Matich A50
30 Ian Clements (NZ) Lola T332
33 Frank Harris (VIC) Chevron B24
37 Andrew Kluver (NSW) Lola T300
43 Rodney Carrol (NSW) Lola T140
63 Andrrew Robson (VIC) Lola T330/2
68 Geoff Munday (VIC) Elfin MR5B
78 David Banks (NZ) Talon MR1
88 Sefton Gibb (NZ) Lola T332
99 Glenn Richards (NZ) Lola T400
111 Ken Smith (NZ) Lola T332
112 Mike Glynn (VIC) Elfin MR8-BC
125 Grant Martin (NZ) Talon MR1A
208 Peter Brennan (VIC) Lola T330
888 Gregory Thornton (UK) March 75A

Formula 5000 Australia 2016 Calendar

Just in time for Christmas, Formula 5000 Australia has produced a 2016 Calendar featuring some of our top current drivers in action shots. To purchase and for more information head over to the buy/sell secion located here

New faces star at Sandown

November 8, 2015: A small but competitive field fronted Sandown for the annual Historic event. There were a couple of new competitors and a few of the usual crew on hand.
Andrew Robson was back from a break after his big crash at this meeting 2 years ago and looked set to be the pace-setter, only to suffer a major gearbox malfunction during Saturday’s opening race, opening the opportunity for Peter Brennan (pictured, leading) to take his first win with the immaculate ex-Lombardi Lola T330, heading Bill Hemming’s Elfin (#11) and the Matich of expat Aussie Phil Lewis (#25).
Sunday, however, saw Robson in dominant form, with the repaired gearbox, taking a pair of strong wins, including the feature race, from Bryan Sala – on this occasion driving Darcy Russell’s Lola T330  –  and Hemming’s Elfin.
An unheralded star on the day was Frank Harris, debuting his ex-Teddy Pilette Chevron B24, who ran strongly throughout.
Another debutant was Queenslander Max Pearson, whose NZ-restored Elfin MR5 also ran strongly and reliably, after initial teething problems in the opening race.

2015 USA Formula 5000 Revival Racing Series Results

For the full final standings click here

Bill Hemming has written a brilliant account of the USA visit, you can view it here

Legends gather at NZ Festival

January 25, 2015: New Zealand’s twin rounds of the Tasman Revival series, at Hampton Downs, have provided a major Formula 5000 reunion of a different kind, with several big names from the original Formula 5000 era gathering to watch, and in several cases, drive the cars they once raced, in on-track demonstrations.
Pictured (left to right) are: Warwick Brown, Bruce Allison, Graeme Lawrence, Kevin Bartlett and Belgian Teddy Pilette. Brown and Pilette were both united with the Team VDS Lola T430s they drove in their heyday, as was Lawrence with his familiar Lola T332, while Allison was thrilled to do several runs (see picture below left) in the ex-Evan Noyes Lola T332 owned and raced by F5000 Australia President Paul Zazryn.
The two weekends of racing were dominated, appropriately, by the one 70s legend who has continued to race ever since, and who still runs at the front. 72-year-old Ken Smith, with his ex-Danny Ongais Lola T332 (pictured, top), engine rebuilt since a major blow-up at this event last year, proved unbeatable, taking pole and winning all three races on weekend one (Round 3 of the Tasman Revival), then backing up for weekend two in Round 4. A brilliant performance.
His nearest challengers were kiwis Proctor and Steve Ross, with Zazryn very much in contention and literally just off podium contention throughout.
The other Australian-based entry, Peter Brennan, with his beautifully restored ex-Lella Lombardi Lola T330 (pictured below right), also had a strong fortnight, running inside the top 10 in fields of up to 28 cars.
The Australian cars were transported to NZ with valued assistance from Gibson Freight and MSC.
For more background, and tons of on-track images from NZ, check out Formula 5000 Australia’s Facebook page:

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Kiwis arrive to take on Tweedie

November 4, 2014: Former MSC Formula 5000 Tasman Revival winner Steve Ross (pictured right – image courtesy Alex Mitchell) heads a kiwi contingent heading to Sandown this weekend (November 8-9) to take on the Australian Formula 5000 kingpins in the opening round of the 2014/15 MSC series.
Ross’ rebuilt and reliveried McRae GM1 is making its first visit to Australia since that major rebuild and is expected to provide the main challenge to 25 year-old Sydneysider Tom Tweedie, who has proven to be invincible in the ex-Peter Gethin Chevron B24 owned and run by his father.
Apart from one mechanical failure, Tweedie was unbeaten in taking out the 2013 F5000 Australia Cup and will start as clear favourite this weekend.
A field of 20 of the crowd-pleasing five-litre V8 openwheelers from the 1970s has entered the opening round, headlining the traditional Historic Sandown weekend.
Closest challenger to Tweedie the last time Formula 5000s visited Sandown was Richard Davison, father of V8 Supercar racers Will and Alex. Davison owns the familiar white ex-Teddy Yip/Alan Jones Lola T332.
Other likely challengers include Melbourne’s Paul Zazryn (Lola T332), a winner at Phillip Island in March, and former race winner Bryan Sala (Matich A50).
The F5000 cars qualify on Saturday morning, before heats on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and a main race at 2pm on Sunday.

Zazryn wins PI Classic, Tweedie’s title

March 11, 2014: A controversial noise penalty may have played a significant part in what was the final round of Formula 5000 Australia’s 2013/14 Australia Cup series, at Phillip Island’s annual historic race meeting, on March 7-9.
Having won every race in the series to date, including Saturday’s two qualifying races, Sydney youngster Tom Tweedie (Chevron B24) was disqualified from starting Sunday’s events due to a ‘noise’ infraction – as was the F1 March being driven in the ‘combined’ field by John Bowe. While there was some suggestion that a cracked gearbox case may also have sidelined Tweeide, his DNSs nevertheless paved the way for a pair of tight contests for the Island Classic event win between Paul Zazryn and visiting kiwi Russell Greer – both in Lola T332s.
The best was the nine lap finale, with Greer taking the early lead, only for Zazryn to pull off an outside pass for the lead. A Safety Car closed the field up, but when it went green, Zazryn was able to maintain a tiny gap over his rival, crossing the line just eight-tenths of a second ahead – and a single point over the whole weekend.
Third F5000 home was the Lola T330 of Melbourne’s D’arcy Russell, albeit behind a trio of Formula Atlantic cars (entered to create a capacity grid), ahead of Ian Clements (NZ, Lola T332), Phillip Lewis (Matich A50) and Bob Harborow (Lola T192).
While Zazryn’s win, his first major victory since entering F5000 three years ago, proved popular, Tweedie’s DNS did not affect his series win, confirmed before the first event on Saturday, thanks to kiwi challengers Ken Smith and Andrew Higgins not travelling to Phillip Island for the Classic.
Russell’s strong points haul (third over-all at the weekend), pushed him up to fourth, and second Australian in the series.
Phillip Island Classic Points: Zazryn 59, Greer 58, Russell 47, Clements 31, Tweedie 30, Lewis 27, Harborow 22, Hemming 21 etc.
Final 2013/14 F5000 Australia Cup points: Tom Tweedie 165, Ken Smith (NZ) 83, Andrew Higgins (NZ) 79, D’arcy Russell 70, Bryan Sala 61, Paul Zazryn 59, Russell Greer (NZ) 58, Richard Davison 51, Aaron Lewis, 45, Phillip Lewis 45, Tim Rush (NZ) 42, Bill Hemming 41, John Bryant 37, Tony Floreani 36, Ian Clements (NZ) 31, Rod Carroll 30, Bob Harborow 22, Andrew Robson 19 etc.

Accident-prone Sandown Historics

November 12, 2013: Two heat race stoppages thanks to crashes reduced the third round of the F5000 Australia Cup to a single, final race, with victory again going to Sydney’s Tom Tweedie, in both cases clear of the earlier dramas going on behind. Melbourne’s Tony Floreani clinched his best result to date with second, from Bill Hemming, debuting his freshly-rebuilt Elfin.
Saturday afternoon’s heat didn’t complete a lap. An incredibly bizarre incident, as the cars came out onto the back straight, saw Andrew Robson’s Lola T332 veer right, into and over the similar car of Paul Zazryn. Neither was injured, but both cars were badly damaged and the race red-flagged.
Sunday morning’s heat got a little further before, as he overtook a guest Indy car, Alfredo Costanzo’s McLaren M10B spun at the fastest corner on the track – at the end of the back straight – contacting the barriers hard. Alfie was unhurt, but the car also suffered significant damage.
With points allocated only for the final, Tweedie has extended his lead in the series to a point where his only challenger remains Kiwi Ken Smith who, if he attends the Phillip Island Classic, would need to win everything, with Tweedie not scoring, to catch him. It ain’t going to happen!
Points to date are: Tweedie 135, Smith 83, Andrew Higgins 79, Bryan Sala 61, Aaron Lewis 45, Tim Rush 42, Richard Davison 41, Tony Floreani 36, John Bryant 31, Rod Carroll 30 … etc

Tweedie extends series lead

September 15, 2013: Sydneysider Tom Tweedie has consolidated his lead in the 2013/14 Formula 5000 Australia Cup with an almost all-the-way win in the weekend’s feature event, run as a curtain-raiser to today’s V8 Supercar Sandown 500.
Tweedie’s Chevron B24 was beaten away (right) from the rolling start by Aucklander Andrew Higgins (Lola T400), but burst through to lead half-way round the opening lap and was never challenged.
A potential three-way scrap for second between Higgins, kiwi legend Ken Smith (Lola T332) and Richard Davison (Lola T332), became a two-way one after two laps when Higgins’ brake pedal went to the floor at the end of Sandown’s long start-finish straight and he spun (below, right). Fortunately, following cars avoided the stationary car (althopugh Smith lost a spot to Davison) and he was able to rejoin, albeit with reduced braking capacity, and charge back through to an eventual fourth-placed finish.
To his delight, Davison – son of the great former AGP-winner Lex Davison and father of V8 Supercar stars Will and Alex – was able to see off the challenge from Smith and earn a well-deserved second place:
“I’ve ticked off one of my Bucket List items this weekend – racing on the same track as the great Ken Smith,” he beamed.
Melbournians Bryan Sala (Matich A50) and Andrew Robson (Lola T332) completed the top six.
Highlights from qualifying and Saturday’s two heats included Richard Davison’s new (F5000 and outright) lap record in qualifying; then lowered twice by Tweedie in Saturday’s heats, to leave it at a stunning 1m 05.76s – some four seconds up on the best race lap times of the V8 Supercars…
Formula 5000 Australia Cup points after two rounds: Tweedie 110; Smith 83; Higgins 79; Sala 61; Aaron Lewis 45; Davison 41; John Bryant 31; Tim Rush 30; Darcy Russell 23; Andrew Robson 19; Tony Floriani, Rod Carroll 14; Clark Proctor 12.
The Formula 5000 Australia Cup is supported by Gibson Freight and MSC. Images courtesy John Morris/Mpix.

Tweedie completes debut grand slam

September 1, 2013: Sydney debutant Tom Tweedie has completed a clean sweep of the opening round of the 203/14 F5000 Australia Cup, backing up his two heat wins with a third victory, in the F5000 feature event at the Muscle Car Masters, at Sydney Motorsport Park.
With kiwi Clark Proctor side-lined after blowing his engine in the morning heat, it was left to ageless kiwi star Ken Smith (Lola T332) to take it to the young man over 40 years his junior.
Smith (71) was a champion in the original Formula 5000 era, continued to race open wheelers without a break since, and returned to the category when it re-emerged as a historic formula. He has since won three NZ MSC Formula 5000 championships – illustrating perfectly that experience is the perfect counter to age!
However, it was 25 year-old series debutant Tweedie (Chevron B24) who prevailed. After an early career in Australian F3 and Carrera Cup, his transition to the 550hp 5-litre V8-powered Australian Grand Prix cars of the 70s has been seamless.
Third in the race went to the Matich A50 driven by Melbournian Bryan Sala, who found extra pace after the morning qualifying heat, to edge out Aucklander Andrew Higgins (Lola T400).
Aaron Lewis (Matich A50) completed the top five. First ‘Class A’ (pre 1970) car home, in a best-ever sixth, was the Lola T140 of Adelaide veteran John Bryant.
The next round of the series will support the V8 Supercar Sandown 500, on September 13-15, in Melbourne.
The F5000 Australia Cup is supported by Gibson Freight and the Mediterranean Shipping Company.
Formula 5000 Australia Cup points after the opening round: Tweedie 55, Smith 44, Sala 37, Higgins 37, Lewis 31, Bryant 26, Proctor 12, Rush 12.
Image: Tweedie heads Smith, Higgins and Sala into Turn 2. Image courtesy John Morris/Mpix

Vale: Brian Beasy

June 12, 2013: F5000 Australia is sad to report the passing, on Monday, of Formula 5000 stalwart Brian Beasy.
Brian was a former motorcycle racer, who then turned to historic motorsport, where his contributions as both a component supplier and eligibility officer, were extensive.
Having raced F3, Formula Ford and Formula Libre in historic categories, Brian acquired his ex-John Walker Lola in 1995.
Everyone at F5000 Australia extends their condolences and thoughts to Brian’s family.

Top Kiwis heading for MCM/Sandown 500

May 22, 2013: Several of New Zealand’s leading Formula 5000 pace-setters have indicated that they will head to Australia in September for the big Muscle Car Masters/Sandown Cup double.
Category legend Kenny Smith (right) heads the list, the 72 year-old who was part of F5000 in its heyday, never gave up racing in the interim, and who remains a front-runner in modern ‘Historic’ F5000, set to run his rebuilt ‘La Valise’ Lola T332.
Joining Smith will be 2013 revelation Clark Proctor – proprietor of the successful ‘Metalman’ business in NZ – whose rise through the NZ F5000 ranks to race winner and series runner-up in 2012/13 has been meteoric. The ex-Speedway racer has now become a fixture at the pointy end of the field, and intends to keep his familiar March in Australia for the whole 2013/14 F5000 Australia Cup.
Also likely to join the MCM/Sandown grid are Auckland youngsters Andrew Higgins (pictured below chasing ‘Metalman’ Proctor) and Lola T140-mounted Alan Dunkley.

The Muscle Car Masters (August 31-September 1) is Australia’s biggest combined V8 Show/Race meeting, last year drawing more spectators to Sydney Motorsport Park than a V8 Supercar event the previous week. The second event, at V8 Supercar’s classic Sandown 500 event (September 14-15), is a first appearance for Formula 5000 on the V8 Supercar bill, and not to be missed, at a circuit steeped in F5000 tradition.
F5000 will contest two heats on the V8’s qualifying (Saturday) day, with a feature event preceding the legendary Sandown 500 V8 Supercar race on the Sunday.

Aussies Abroad: Zaz on top form in NZ MSC rounds

February 5, 2013: Melbourne’s Paul Zazryn (Lola T332 – left) continued his recent spectacular form by being consistently the best of the six visiting Australians running in NZ’s January/February rounds of the MSC F5000 series. Zaz finished sixth, eighth, and then fourth in the feature events at the first three NZ rounds (two at Hampton Downs, one at Ruapuna Park), with a fourth round, at Teretonga, scheduled for February 16/17. In his second season of F5000, Zazryn and his ex-Evan Noyes Lola have found reliable pace, and look set to be the top Australian finisher in the prestigious MSC series.
After a troubled opening round, Bryan Sala (Matich A50) overcame some engine and set-up issues to battle with Zazryn in the second and third events, finishing just behind his compatriot at both. Sydney’s Aaron Lewis struggled with a number of tech issues with his sister Matich, but did record a top ten heat result at Hampton Downs.
Bill Hemming’s familiar Elfin MR8A struggled for its usual consistent pace, while Adelaide’s John Bryant (Lola T140) rebounded from terminal engine problems at the opener, to contest Class A with Sydneysider Rod Carroll (Lola T140), the latter stringing together a series of solid consistent finishes in his first season in F5000.

While the opening round of the MSC series’ January string of races went to the legendary Kenny Smith, debuting the Lola T332 rebuilt after its nasty crash a year ago, the coming man proved to be Aucklander Clark Proctor (pictured left). ‘Metalman’ took out the feature at the second Hampton Downs meeting as the track broke up, then held series leader Steve Ross at bay throughout to rack up a second win at the Ruapuna race.
Metalman’s distinctive yellow March 73A has come on strong this season and while unlikely to make up the points gap to champion-in-waiting Ross, is now in the top three in terms of series points. Ross’ second title became almost assured when Smith was a late withdrawal from the Ruapuna event.

Robson ties up F5000 Cup at Tasman Revival

November 26, 2012: A strong win in the feature, allied to a recovery from a deflated tyre in one heat, was sufficient for Andrew Robson to take out the inaugural F5000 Australia Cup, when the final round was run at the Tasman Revival, at Sydney Motorsport Park.
While Robson sealed the title, the top points scorer for the weekend was the incredibly consistent Paul Zazryn, whose Lola T332 finished second Australian car in every heat, and second to Robson in the feature race. On several occasions. Zazryn had to push past fast-starting Melbourne-based kiwi Chris Lambden (McRae GM1), who racked up his best result to date, with third in the feature. (Pic: left to right podium – Zazryn, winner Robson, and Lambden.
Pole for the feature, and an early lead, went to Brit Greg Thornton, but his ex-Chris Hyde McRae was an early casualty in the stifling 36-degree conditions.
Zazryn’s strong showing wasn’t quite enough to beat Darcy Russell in the overall standings – Darcy was a Revivil non-starter, in fact resulting in all the top three placegetters contesting 3 out of 4 rounds.
Bill Hemming continued his strong and consistent running in the Elfin, falling just a few points short of Zazryn in the over-all points table, which is as follows:
F5000 Australia Cup: Andrew Robson, 162; Darcy Russell, 131; Paul Zazryn, 129; Bill Hemming, 122; Jay Bondini 96; Gavin Sala, 94; Chris Lambden, 87; Rod Carroll, 66; etc

Lolas dominate Sandown

November 12, 2012: The third round of the Formula 5000 Australia Cup, run as part of Sandown’s annual Historic meeting last weekend, resulted in a tight duel between the Lola T332s of Melbournites Andrew Robson and Paul Zazryn, with Robson taking the main event – by half a second – but Zazryn taking the points win for the weekend.
The two were never far apart throughout (pic, right), each taking a heat win, and running nose-to-tail throughout the feature.

Debuting in Formula 5000 at the meeting was Richard Davison, driving the ex-Alan Jones Lola T332 (left, leading Darcy Russell) piloted to date since its restoration by nephew James. Davison – father of V8 Supercar pilots Will and Alex – performed strongly, taking third place in the feature as he came to grips with the car. Having successfully raced F2/Formula Holden back in the late 1980s/early 1990s, this was Davison’s first appearance in an F5000 car.
With the final round of the Australian Cup scheduled for Sydney Motorsport Park (Nov 24/25), yet another Lola driver, the consistent Darcy Russell, holds a slender points lead, from Robson.
Points: Darcy Russell 131, Andrew Robson 107, Bryan Sala 94, Bill Hemming 77, Jay Bondini 76, Paul Zazryn 71

Sala best-placed Aussie at successful MCM

September 6, 2012: Bryan Sala proved to be the best-placed Australian when the Kiwis came to town to contest the F5000 races at the 2012 Muscle Car Masters, at Sydney Motorsport Park, on Fathers Day weekend. Having taken pole after qualifying, and won the first heat, Sala DNF’d the second heat and thus had to start near rear-of-grid for Sunday’s 10-lap feature event. However, the orange Matich powered its way through to finish third, behind defending MSC series champion Steve Ross (McRae GM1, NZ), and the evergreen kiwi Kenny Smith – who also came from a lower grid spot after a Heat 2 DNF.
Aucklander Aaron Burson crossed the line in fourth, ahead of Melbournian Darcy Russell (Lola) and Chris Lambden (McRae GM1).
F5000’s first appearance at the Muscle Car Masters was a resounding success, with a huge crowd of over 22,000 on Sunday watching from all vantage points, and checking out the cars close-up in the Paddock.
The weekend’s results lead to an interesting situation at the top of the Formula 5000 Australia Cup points table (see below), with Sala just heading Russell, while the superbly consistent Bill Hemming sits in third, with the Elfin. RESULT: MCM Feature Race: 1. Steve Ross (McRae GM1) 20:22.8205; 2. Ken Smith (Lola T430) 20:28.2912; 3. Bryan Sala (Matich A50/51) 20:28.6777; 4. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 20:43.3458; 5. Darcy Russell (Lola T330) 20:51.2960; 6. Chris Lambden (McRae GM1) 20:53.7433; 7. Russell Greer (Lola T332) 20:54.4756; 8. David Abbott (Lola T430) 20:57.4244; 9. David Banks (Talon MR1) 21:06.0364; 10. Bill Hemming (Elfin MR8)  21:06.7582. F5000 Australia Cup (after two rounds): Sala 94, Russell 91, Hemming 77, Robson 67, Davison 47, Jay Bondini 46 etc.

Warwick’s last car to debut at MCM

August 20, 2012: The last F5000 car ever raced by Warwick Brown ­is due to debut at the Muscle Car Masters (Sydney Motorsport Park, September 1-2), having been rebuilt by Christchurch-based enthusiast Stan Redmond. The car, a Lola T333CS, came from the era when F5000 cars were being transformed into Can-Am cars. In this case it was the reverse – the car ran second to Alan Jones in the 1978 Can Am series, then in Warwick’s hands won the 1978 Rothmans F5000 series here in Australia, then ran third the following year. Fully restored in Team VDS livery, the car makes its first ever appearance at MCM – And Warwick Brown himself is expected top be on hand to see it.

F5000 Thunder – the book

August 17, 2012: Launching any day now is a brand new 406-page book on the history of F5000, titled F5000 Thunder by experienced F5000 writer Ray Bell and Tony Loxley. The duo have assembled some of the biggest names from those heady days of Formula F5000, to tell their stories of what it was like to drive, work on and publicise this incredible division: a substantial numbers of drivers from the era have given their impressions in their own words of the head-snapping power, excitement and atmosphere from those F5000 days of Thunder that will never be forgotten. With over 800 photos, many never before seen, people who have seen pre-launch copies of the book are raving about it. F5000 Australia will have copies of the limited-edition book available – having arranged a bulk purchase with the publishers. There are also expected to be 50-only leather-bound collector’s editions, autographed by the authors and selected drivers.