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TheBrownDog
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Don't forget the Le Man 24hr race is on this weekend [starts saturday 11pm A.E.S.T].There's 24 hr coverage on Speed,Eurosport & One HD's website.
There's 3 Aussies in the race - John Martin,Ryan Briscoe & Jason Bright.
Yeah was watchin this morning when old mate wrote off his Ferrari. :eek:
 

Frankster177

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Don't forget the Le Man 24hr race is on this weekend [starts saturday 11pm A.E.S.T].There's 24 hr coverage on Speed,Eurosport & One HD's website.
There's 3 Aussies in the race - John Martin,Ryan Briscoe & Jason Bright.
Come on the Ferrari's and the Corvettes.
 

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imadodgyumpire

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****! On a night with the Essendon thing, it's taken some big motorsport news to get my attention off it. The Australian Formula Ford Championship is to be axed! :eek:

http://www.speedcafe.com/2013/08/27/australian-formula-ford-championship-to-be-axed/

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/109521

When you think about it, it's not surprising. FFord, aside from being a class for young, up and coming drivers, is also there for privateers. In the last 10-15 years,

- The inclusion of teams using the class as a stepping stone to higher classes (like Sonic :thumbsdown:)
- V8 teams funding younger drivers to compete in the class (FPR with Winterbottom, HRT with Percat) :thumbsdown:
- Being a part of the money sucking V8sc class :thumbsdown:
- Unnecessary classes being introduced into Australia (Carrera Cup) :thumbsdown:
- V8sc taking sponsors :thumbsdown:
-Being forced to pay for tv :thumbsdown:
-FFord unnecessarily upgrading to modern engines and technology :thumbsdown:

All of it has led from fford being a inexpensive class, but relatively inexpensive for car racing, into a class that can be called semi-professional and driving costs through the roof and into the stratosphere. I watch these things at PI, and for a little, 4 cylinder, 1.6 engine to be about 4 seconds a lap slower than a V8sc, is insane and unecessary. Hopefully it'll lead to a review in the specs and return to a genuine fford class.
 

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