Season mid-point for Investchem Formula 1600 competitors at Zwartkops

Zwartkops Raceway marks the fourth event in the eight round Investchem Formula 1600 championship for 2017 on Friday, June 16. This event again sees Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA) take to the start line at the championship leader, now with double the points...
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Jermy and Venter share Red Star wins

David Jermy (Jacquet Racing van Diemen) and Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) shared the wins at the second round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford championship after qualifying on the front row of the grid at Red Star Raceway on Saturday, 3 June. Almost three...
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Kents back on track at Red Star Raceway

After a long break, the last event was back in March, the Investchem Formula Ford Kent competitors return to the track at Red Star Raceway, outside Delmas, for the second round of the 2017 championship on Saturday, 3 June. Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) had an...
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Investchem Formula 1600 competitors mix it up in East London

The race weekend in East London for the Formula 1600 field started with the championship leader, Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA), at the top of the timesheets in every practice. Then during the qualifying session Brad Beningfield (46 – General Energy...
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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 1600 Powered by Ford

Round 4 – Zwartkops – 16 June 2017

Formula Ford Kent

Round 3 – Phakisa Freeway – 28 July 2017

Jermy and Venter share Red Star wins

Jermy and Venter share Red Star wins

David Jermy (Jacquet Racing van Diemen) and Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) shared the wins at the second round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford championship after qualifying on the front row of the grid at Red Star Raceway on Saturday, 3 June. Almost three...

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Kents back on track at Red Star Raceway

Kents back on track at Red Star Raceway

After a long break, the last event was back in March, the Investchem Formula Ford Kent competitors return to the track at Red Star Raceway, outside Delmas, for the second round of the 2017 championship on Saturday, 3 June. Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) had an...

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Almost a perfect start for Venter

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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