COM­ING UP

FOR­MULA 5000-STYLE COM­PE­TI­TION

Unique Cars - - JB'S DIARY -

I’M PRETTY ex­cited that Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport fans could once again be en­joy­ing fast and fu­ri­ous For­mula 5000-style ac­tion at cir­cuits around the coun­try. This devel­op­ment will be ter­rific for Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport. While the at­trac­tion of some open-wheel classes is lost on some fans, th­ese big horse­power, bel­low­ing-V8 rac­ers, with big tyres and min­i­mal reliance on ground ef­fects, reach out to all mo­tor­sport fans. I’m happy to say I’ve had a small role in get­ting my friends John McMel­lan and Chris Lamb­den, the good peo­ple be­hind what were two com­pet­ing groups, to sit down to­gether to dis­cuss a joint ap­proach to as­sem­bling ev­ery­thing that’s needed to make For­mula 5000-style rac­ing a re­al­ity, per­haps as early as the sec­ond half of 2018.

Although I’ve spent the last 30-odd years rac­ing cars with roofs, I’m still an open­wheeler racer at heart. I learned my motor rac­ing craft in open-wheel­ers, com­pet­ing in a num­ber of classes, in­clud­ing an ex­cit­ing stint in For­mula 5000, driv­ing the mighty Ansett Elfin MR8. So, yes, I’m to­tally be­hind the re­turn of the 5000s.

To un­der­line my love for open wheel­ers I’m happy to ad­mit that of all the lovely cars I get to drive th­ese days, my mate Joe Calleja’s March 741 For­mula 1 car is my ab­so­lute favourite.

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