THE most competitive field of open wheel racers in Australia will take to the track on August 25-26 in support of the V8 Supercar Series at Sydney Motorsport Park. It’s the first time Formula Vee has been among the supporting cast of Australia’s premier motor sport category for more than a decade, celebrating the event with a capacity forty-two car grid.
Supported by CXC Global and Bottlemart, Formula Vee is Australia’s oldest open wheel racing class, and is famous for close, exciting racing. A grass roots category, Formula Vee provides accessible racing for enthusiasts, and a fantastic stepping stone for aspiring drivers - V8 Supercar drivers Jason Bargwana and John Bowe both having started their careers in the class.
“Supporting the V8 Supercars is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Formula Vee as a vibrant and contemporary racing category,” said veteran racer Ray Filetti. “The sight of forty Formula Vee’s slipstreaming down the main straight before fanning out into a four car wide freight train in to turn one will be amazing.
It’s been sixteen years since Formula Vee last supported the top tier of Australian motor sport, and Filetti is proud to have the opportunity once again. “I raced with the Formula Vee's last time we supported the V8’s in 1996, so it’s exciting to be back to support Australia’s premier racing category. To do so with a capacity grid of is great and it will give spectators a chance to finally see a full field of open wheel cars racing wheel to wheel.”
Drivers from around Australia will take part, with teams from Victoria, South Australia and the ACT among the packed entry list, with competitors from all walks of life among their ranks.
“Anyone can drive a Formula Vee,” says Filetti. “We’ve got a wide range of people driving the cars, from teenagers to drivers into their sixties, and a number of female drivers competing across the country. Corrine Perry has been doing really well in New South Wales and will be racing over the V8 weekend.”
Formula Vee has three races scheduled across the weekend, starting on Saturday afternoon before acting as the curtain raiser to the Sydney Motorsport Park 360 on Sunday afternoon.
About Formule Vee
Formula Vee is Australia’s oldest open wheel racing series. Introduced to Australia in 1965 the class consistently field large grids, producing the most competitive open wheel racing in the country. Its two classes, featuring 1200cc or 1600cc Volkswagen engines beneath modern aerodynamic bodies, race on control Dunlop tyres, ensuring emphasis remains firmly focused on driver skill.