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FF Festival 2009 DVD

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Just got my copy of the BRSCC Formula Ford Festival 2009 DVD. Great racing, good footage! The DVD covers both Kents, Zetecs and Duratecs. Finnish drivers fairly well visible, Oskari shows up quite a bit with his Ray and of course Sebastian battling Neil Tofts gets a lot of airtime. Gotta be there in 2010...;-)
 

FF FIA NEZ Cup 2010

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The FIA NEZ (North European Zone) Commission seems to be focusing on two formula classes in 2010 - Formula Renaults and Formula Fords. In their latest meeting notes they conclude that the Formula Fords will be running a NEZ Cup title in 2010, with most likely three competitions counted. These would be placed in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. In 2009 the Danes pulled off a new format, Dansk Metal Formel Ford Festival, and as far as I can tell that was a great success - plenty of cars, lots of racing, very low participation fee, and good prizes (including cash...). Personally I hope that format continues also in 2010, and that this is supported by two good races in Finland and Sweden.
 

Buri roll-out in UK

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Rumor has it that Antti Buri was in UK last week, rolling-out a Mygale that his team recently acquired. Tests were completed with Enigma Motorsport at temperatures around a cool 0...4 degC. Earlier GETEM Racing had tested the new Dunlop tyres at such low temperatures, but their results showed the new radials were about 6 sec slower than the old Avons in frigid conditions. Thus Antti ran his tests with the old Avons.

Given the GETEM results, it seems the radials use a fairly hard compound. This is of course great for durability, but means the FF cars will continue "slipping and sliding" in cold conditions (which is what we usually have here in Finland at season start). It will be interesting to see if the car then, in hot conditions, stays better on track. An improved tracking behaviour, more similar to winged formulas, would at least from my perspective be preferred... Not that I mind the slip-n-slide, but just to get the FFs closer to the more advanced formula classes in behavior (thus making FFs an increasingly attractive entry class). 

 

Race Technology introduces FF Duratec logger solution

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Race Technology has introduced a high quality GPS data logger for Formula Ford Duratec cars. The solution interfaces with the Liferacing ECU using the incar loom. The standard package includes DL1 datalogger and Dash2 display, with options for additional sensors such as steering angle and brake pressure (engine data is collected from ECU). Larger systems, using VIDEO4 videocam systems interfacing with the logger, or using a DL2 logger are also available, as are 20Hz ultra accurate GPS upgrades.

With the Race Technology solution the driver no longer needs a beacon by track side, and will have access to features such as predictive laptiming and user defined sectors. The convenience and accuracy of a GPS based system, combined with the advanced yet easy to use Race Technology Analysis software makes this package one of the most attractive in the market. The modular and open structure of the Race Technology system, as well as the very competitive price of the system are additional strong features.

For further details regarding this solution, please contact s2i Motorsport! 

 

Dunlop tires in the FF Finnish Championships

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As UK is switching to Dunlop tires for Formula Fords (see earlier blog on test results), the Finnish Formula Ford Association is likely to follow. Price discussions seem to be underway, and preliminary estimates put a set at 510€ (w/o VAT), or around 622€ (incl. 22% VAT). This is a tad higher than the AVONs used last year, but given that the Dunlops are radials and should maintain consistent performance a bit longer this seems reasonable. I should note that these are still preliminary indications, and that the discussions will continue. Nevertheless, to ensure our Finnish series is compatible with the international (de facto, UK) regulations, it seems a good idea to switch to Dunlops. This also makes sense given that several drivers are likely to go from the Finnish Championships onto the BRSCC Formula Ford Festival at the season end. Stay tuned for more info as it appears...
 


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