Van der Watt dominates in Delmas

The final round of the 2019 Investchem SA National Formula 1600 championship at Red Star Raceway outside Delmas over the past weekend, promised an intriguing battle for second between the man who has been there most of the year, Nicholas van Weely and former champion...

Formula 1600 set for epic Red Star finale

The 2019 Investchem Formula 1600 championship wraps up with the series’ first ever race at the Red Star Raceway outside Delmas in Mpumalanga Saturday 26 October. With the race on track down to pride, while the real focus will be squarely on the fight for second....

Former champions thrill at Phakisa

Former champions, Dean Venter (Gulf SA/Dezzo Equipment Swift) and Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals van Diemen) produced two 10-lap thrillers at the fourth round of the 2019 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship held at Phakisa Freeway just outside Welkom on Saturday,...

Clash of the Titans

Cape Town race fans were treated to a clash of South Africa’s single seater champions at Killarney on Saturday, when newly crowned 2019 South African Investchem Formula 1600 champion Scott Temple and 2017 SA champion Julian van der Watt diced hard for the win....
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 changed not just their appearance, but also their handling characteristics. 2019 is the third season that the new cars are being used and looks to be the most competitive yet.

Forthcoming Events

Formula 1600 Powered by Ford

Round 7
28 September 2019
Killarney International Raceway

Formula Ford Kent

Round 4
5 October 2019
Phakisa Freeway

Temple the man to beat

Temple the man to beat

Most drivers will be looking for an upturn of fortunes when the 2019 South African Investchem Formula 1600 championship heads to Port Elizabeth for its fourth round races at the Aldo Scribante Race Track Saturday 15 June. But one man will be keen for it to all keep...

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Killarney tears & triumph

Killarney tears & triumph

Saturday’s Killarney races were possibly decisive in the outcome of the 2019 Investchem Formula 1600 title, when championship leader Scott Temple stormed to double pole positions and race wins to extend his championship advantage to beyond the points scored by two...

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Stemming Temple’s tide

Stemming Temple’s tide

The Investchem South African Formula 1600 championship is headed for Cape Town’s Killarney International Raceway for rounds 5 and 6 on Saturday 11 May with championship leader Scott Temple in a strong championship lead. His closest rival Nicholas van Weely and most...

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Nash wins at Zwartkops

Nash wins at Zwartkops

Second place behind David Jermy (Beauty Factory van Diemen) in the opening race, followed up by his first win in a Formula Ford Kent car gave Jonathan Nash (Turnfab Engineering Swift) overall victory at the fifth round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent...

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Horne and Jermy resume battle at Zwartkops

Horne and Jermy resume battle at Zwartkops

After a trip down to the coast in August, the Investchem Formula Ford Kent drivers return inland for the fifth round of the 2018 championship which takes place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 29 September. Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen), who...

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Horne dominates at Dezzi

Horne dominates at Dezzi

Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) had a perfect weekend at Dezzi Raceway at the fourth round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship on Saturday, 11 August. The former champion claimed pole position, took both race wins and to cap it...

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