1971 National Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series

The 1971 National Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series was an Australian motor racing competition open to Formula Ford racing cars.[1][2] It was the second annual Australian series for Formula Fords.[1]

The series was won by Larry Perkins driving an Elfin 600.[1]

ScheduleEdit

 
Larry Perkins won the series driving an Elfin 600 similar to that pictured above

The series was contested over twelve rounds.[1]

Round [1] Circuit [1] State Date Round winner [1] Car [1]
1 Calder Victoria 21 March [3] Larry Perkins Elfin 600
2 Sandown Victoria 4 April [4] Larry Perkins Elfin 600
3 Winton Victoria 9 May [4] Phil Webber Elfin 600
4 Phillip Island Victoria 16 May [5] Gary Rush Elfin 600
5 Hume Weir Victoria 13 June [6] Bob Skelton Bowin P4a
6 Oran Park New South Wales 27 June [7] Larry Perkins Elfin 600
7 Amaroo Park New South Wales 25 July [8] Bob Beasley Bowin P4a [9]
8 Amaroo Park New South Wales Larry Perkins Elfin 600
9 Warwick Farm New South Wales Larry Perkins Elfin 600
10 Oran Park New South Wales 19 September [5] Larry Perkins Elfin 600
11 Hume Weir Victoria 26 September [10] Bob Skelton Bowin P4a
12 Phillip Island Victoria 24 October [5] Michael Stillwell Elfin 600

Points systemEdit

Points were awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first ten places at each round except the Sandown round, for which double points were awarded.[5]

Series resultsEdit

Position [1] Driver [1] Car [1] Entrant Points [1]
1 Larry Perkins Elfin 600 BS Stillwell & Co Pty Ltd [11] 106
2 Bob Skelton Bowin P4a Byrt Ford [11]  
3 Garry Rush Elfin 600 Garry Rush [8]  
4 Michael Stillwell Elfin 600 BS Stillwell & Co Pty Ltd [11]  
5 Bob Beasley Bowin P4a Jack Brabham Ford [12]  
6 Len Searle Bowin P4a  

All cars were powered by a standard Ford Cortina 1600 GT engine.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980, pages 87 to 89
  2. ^ Sources vary as to the official name of the series. Shepherd uses "TAA Driver to Europe Award" but Australian Competition Yearbook 1976 Edition page 89 states that the series was "given an enormous boost with the backing of TAA from 1972". The Official Souvenir Programme for Phillip Island, 24 October 1971 uses National Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series for the entry list for its round of the series, as does Racing Car News, May 1971, page 6 and Racing Car News, August 1971, page 66.
  3. ^ Tom Naughton, Champ Has Home Win, Racing Car News, May 1971, pages 30-33
  4. ^ a b Perkins Extends FF Lead, Racing Car News, May 1971, page 6
  5. ^ a b c d Big Brass for Formula Ford, Racing Car News, April 1971, page 8
  6. ^ Tom Naughton, Toranas 1-2, Racing Car News, August 1971, pages 64-66
  7. ^ Max Stahl, Stewart Leads, Racing Car News, August 1971, pages 34-36
  8. ^ a b Max Stahl, Five For Fiery Fred, Racing Car News, September 1971, pages 34-39
  9. ^ Shepherd lists Beasley's Round 7 win as being in a Bowin P5a, however this would appear to be a misprint.
  10. ^ Tom Naughton, Moffat Triumphant, Racing Car News, November 1971
  11. ^ a b c d Official Souvenir Programme, Phillip Island, 24 October 1971
  12. ^ Tom Naughton, Black Flag, Racing Car News, May 1971, pages 48-51

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