F4000: Phillip Island race notes

FORMULA 4000 POWERED BY HOLDEN - NEW ENGINE UNTOUCHABLE ON DEBUT Ralt Australia returnee and reigning Formula 4000 Champion, Sydney-sider Neil McFadyen, managed to kick off his 2005 campaign where he left off in 2004, winning both of the ...

FORMULA 4000 POWERED BY HOLDEN - NEW ENGINE UNTOUCHABLE ON DEBUT

Ralt Australia returnee and reigning Formula 4000 Champion, Sydney-sider Neil McFadyen, managed to kick off his 2005 campaign where he left off in 2004, winning both of the opening races for the 2005 Australian Formula 4000 Championship. McFadyen, along with three other competitors debuted the highly sophisticated Holden HFV6 all aluminium, 'quad-cam', 3.6L, 4 valve engine. The new power-plant ran faultlessly all weekend to notch up two wins on debut. The extra mid range torque proved too much of an advantage for its predecessor, the Holden Eco-Tech. The field will now undergo a transition to the new plant with the intension that all competitors will adopt the format by the conclusion of the year.

With the combined efforts of Holden Motorsport, MoTeC, and Hocking Motorsport, the Holden V6 Alloy-tech's racing debut produced superb reliability and power.

"All the dedicated people who have helped to produce this version of Holden's HFV6 engine for competition, should be justifiably proud of their achievements, with the engine winning on its debut performance against engines that have been being developed for fifteen years. It certainly shows plenty of future potential," said Formula 4000 President, Chris Hocking.

He continued to say, "The introduction of the new engine was a massive logistical task, for which we are only part way through. The renewed interest in the category, which remains the fastest racing series in Australasia, together with our ever evolving support from General Motors Holden, means that this is a very exciting time for the category."

Eventual second place getter and winner of the F4000 Silver Star Award was Queenslander Derek Pingle. Pingle, at the wheel of the ex-Greg Murphy Racing Reynard, drove a superb race in which he managed to escape the carnage of both events. Completing the podium was F4000 new-comer, New Zealander, Ben Creighton. Creighton, who managed to not only adapt to the Formula 4000 package in record time but competed on debut on what is one of Australia's most daunting circuits, will be one to watch as the F4000 road show heads to Queensland in six weeks time.

-amrs-

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