Luke Ellery will make Australian open-wheeler history when he races in both the Australian Formula 3 Championship and the Australian Formula Ford Series on the same weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The Victorian usually drives a Kent-powered Spectrum in the Formula Ford Series, but this year will be on a ‘double date’, also running an ex-Valtteri Bottas Dallara F311 in the Australian Formula 3 Championship.
It will be Ellery’s first outing in Aussie F3, and with the 19-second difference in lap-time, he says he’s expecting it to be a big challenge.
“I’ve done a lot of preparation and I think there’s going to be about 19 seconds difference, per lap, between each car,” Ellery said.
“It’s going to be pretty crazy. I’ll be going straight into Friday practice cold.
“I’ve only tested a Formula 3 car once several years ago and I’ve never driven this particular car, so it’s going to be a pretty big day on Friday learning the F3 car and swapping between that and the Formula Ford.
“I’ve watched as much of the Formula 3 on-board vision as I can and filed that in one part of my brain. I’ve looked at the Formula Ford stuff on different nights to keep them separate and not cross the wires between the two.
“I know how big this is and I’m not taking it for granted – it’s going to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done.”
Ellery will also be the lead mechanic on both cars himself, as well as driving the transporter from Melbourne to Sydney and back.