The Australian Auto Sport Alliance (AASA) is excited to be sanctioning Round 5 of the Australian Formula Ford Series, which takes place at the Victorian Motor Racing Championship (VMRC) event at Winton this weekend.
It will be the first time a round of the national Formula Ford series has run under the auspices of the AASA, since the open-wheel category’s inception in 1970.
National Formula Ford is considered the most popular and prestigious pathway for junior drivers out of go-karts to progress to a professional career in either national or international motorsport.
Current Supercar drivers who have won the Australian Formula Ford title include Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright, Garth Tander, Will Davison, Jamie Whincup, David Reynolds, Tim Blanchard, Nick Percat, Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters, while international stars including Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo and Will Power also spent time in national Formula Ford competition.
The 2016 Australian Formula Ford series is currently led by Leanne Tander – wife of Garth – who will head to this weekend’s Winton round with a 32-point advantage over Will Brown.
CEO of the Benalla Auto Club Group (which encompasses the AASA) Chris Lewis-Williams is thrilled to welcome a round of national Formula Ford to the umbrella of AASA-sanctioned events.
“Formula Ford is the proven breeding ground for young talent in Australia, especially those drivers with aspirations to forge a professional career in domestic racing categories such as Supercars,” Mr Lewis-Williams said.
“For a long time, the AASA has had a reputation of sanctioning state and club-level motorsport and it is very encouraging to have the opportunity to sanction a national-level category, and especially one with such a robust reputation.
“This weekend, I am very confident the Formula Ford competitors will appreciate the level of service and scrutiny provided by the AASA, along with the excellent value for money offered by AASA-sanctioned race meetings.
“We will continue to work hard on our insurance products and look forward to sanctioning many more national circuit racing categories in the future.”
While the AASA is owned by the Benalla Auto Club, it sanctions motorsport events at venues all over Australia. Its activities are not restricted to circuit racing; it also provides insurance coverage for a variety of other disciplines including off-road and tarmac rallies, sprint events and high-performance events.