Formula Vee National Series to Kick-Off at Lakeside.
April is a massive month for national-level open-wheel competition at the Queensland Raceways venues, and it starts this weekend, at Lakeside Park, when the best Formula Vee drivers in the country do battle, in the opening round of the 2018 Australian series.
It’s the second consecutive year the series has visited Queensland, after contesting a round at Morgan Park in 2017, but it is the first time they’ve visited Lakeside Park since the circuit re-opened in 2008.
The return, of the national series, to Lakeside Park, headlines a massive program of racing, as the venue plays host to the opening QRDC event of the new season.
Twenty-Four cars will contest this round, which doubles as a round of the Queensland Formula Vee Series, which commenced at Morgan Park last month.
In Formula Vee racing, there are two national events – the series, which this year will be contested over four rounds (Lakeside Park, Tailem Bend, Sydney Motorsport Park and Barbagallo Raceway), of which, each driver’s best three rounds will determine the final championship points, AND the Nationals meeting, which, in 2018, will be contested at Sydney Motorsport Park, on the opening weekend of November, before it returns to Queensland in 2019.
In the 1600cc class, Michael Kinsella enters the season as the defending National Series Champion, and will be out to repeat that success, but will face stiff competition, in his quest to do so, in 2018.
Dylan Thomas, who has been so successful in New South Wales for many years, amazingly, has never won a Formula Vee national series. He’ll be determined to put the woes of last weekend’s Bathurst 6 Hour behind him, and secure a good haul of points here, as he goes about breaking his hoodoo in 2018.
Simon and Aaron Pace will, along with Thomas, fly the flag for New South Wales, against familiar faces from Queensland, such as Eddie McFaul, Paul Kellaway, Ken Filbey, Curtis Porter and Alex Hedermann.
Stephen Butcher, a multiple winner of the 1200cc division at national level, is trying his luck at the outright 1600cc class, leaving just two competitors doing battle in the 1200cc division – Alan Don, and Danny Cerro.
Formula Vee has been, in the past, a seriously under-rated category in Australian Motorsport, but if you want tight, competitive racing, where slipstreaming and race craft play such an important role, this is the category for you, as races are regularly decided on the last lap of the race, with multiple drivers often fighting for the victory throughout.
The opening round of the season will be contested over four races, and all begins with an all-important 15-minute qualifying session tomorrow morning.