New era dawns for Formula 1600 in Cape Town

The eagerly anticipated debut of the new Investchem Formula 1600 cars takes place at Killarney Raceway in Cape Town when the 2017 championship gets underway on Saturday, 25 March. The cars, while similar to those that have introduced hundreds of drivers to...
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Almost a perfect start for Venter

Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) had an almost perfect start to his attempt to secure the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford championship which got underway at Zwarkops on Saturday, 4 March. Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power Van Diemen) prevented Venter from...
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Investchem Formula Ford Kent action starts at Zwartkops

After a break of three-and-a-half months the Investchem Formula Ford Kent drivers return to the track when the opening round of the 2017 championship takes place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 4 March. At least a dozen cars are expected to line up on the grid with...
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Brummer wins at final round of the Investchem Formula Ford championship

Dewald Brummer (4 – MAD Racing / Ango Trucks / Fuchs Oils) used the qualifying session at Zwartkops Raceway to clinch the Investchem Formula Ford championship title. Just a single point – that for the fastest qualifying time – was all he needed on the final race...
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Robert Wolk demonstrates the 2017 Formula 1600 powered by Ford car at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

Robert Wolk demonstrates the 2017 Formula 1600 powered by Ford car at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit
Image by Paul Bedford – Action Images

Formula Ford has its origins in the late 1960s, the first standalone race taking place at Brands Hatch on 2 July 1967. The class was an immediate success and rapidly spread throughout the world. For many years Formula Fords were powered by the Ford Kent Crossflow engine but most national championship series throughout the world eventually switched to the more modern Duratec engines.

In many countries, the Kent engined cars were not abandoned but continued to race in regional series. This is the case in South Africa where they compete in the Northern Regions Regional Championship.

The newer Duratec powered cars are now used in the Formula 1600 National Championship. The addition of front and rear wings, and revised side pods to the cars has changed not just their appearance, but also their handling characteristics and will make for an interesting 2017 season.

In addition to the new cars, 2017 sees the advent of serious prize money for the top three in the Investchem Formula 1600 powered by Ford Championship. The winner will receive R250 000.00 plus a tests in a Formula Renault car and one of the Afrix A1GP cars. The runner up will receive R125 000.00 while the third placed driver will take home R62 500.00.

Forthcoming Events

Formula Ford Kent

Round 2 – Phakisa Freeway – 29 April 2017

Formula 1600 Powered by Ford

Round 1 – Killarney Raceway – 25 March 2017

Horne out to prove a point at Red Star

Horne out to prove a point at Red Star

Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power Royale RP31) needs just a single point at the final round of the Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship, which takes place at Red Star Raceway outside Delmas on Saturday, 19 November, to wrap up the 2016 title. The only...

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Schofield claims both Zwartkops wins

Schofield claims both Zwartkops wins

Ian Schofield (Investchem Mygale) had his best race weekend of the season at the seventh round of the 2016 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship at Zwartkops on Saturday, 8 October. The former champion claimed two had fought wins while Dean Venter’s (Turnfab...

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