Both the Australian Formula Ford Series and Australian Formula 3 Championship have vowed to fight on next season, despite the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport axing them in favour of its own Formula 4 series.
Yesterday, CAMS announced that it would not give either Formula Ford or Formula 3 national series or championship status in the future, favouring instead its in-house owned and run Formula 4 championship.
However, both Formula Ford and Formula 3 have vowed to fight on, and are already putting plans in place for Australia-wide championships for next season and beyond.
FFord will carry on “regardless of CAMS”
According to a statement issued by the Formula Ford Association, the category is refusing to let what is calls a “purely political” ploy stop people from racing Formula Ford nation-wide next year.
“We acknowledge that we have once again been subject to a purely political manoeuvre, and will continue to defend and conduct the running of our successful National Series of Formula Ford for both Kent and Duratec engine cars,” read the statement.
“The Formula Ford Association wants to reinforce that we will continue in 2016 as a National series, touring various tracks across Australia, with the best drivers fighting for a National series pointscore.
“Regardless of what CAMS have announced, we will continue as we have, since 1969, to develop the best young driving talent in the country.
“Our plans have not changed and we will announce our 2016 calendar once we have confirmed our schedule.
“We would like to express once again, our disappointment that our membership has been the target of a sudden, anti-competitive announcement.”
Formula 3 says no to CAMS
While Formula 3 was offered a one-year reprieve by CAMS to keep its national status, it would appear the category will turn it down and focus on a whole new structure.
“Plans are already underway for a state-level based yet nationally campaigned ‘F3 Cup Super Series’ which will retain all the professional aspects of the current model but remove the significant related CAMS championship fees from the operating costs of running a championship,” read a Formula 3 Management statement.
“This will generate the most significant reduction in running costs for a national motor racing entity possible whilst retaining the professional management, operations, media and scheduling options currently in place.
“Despite a one-year grace period that allows for Formula 3 to run as a CAMS Authorised Series until the end of 2016, F3M will investigate switching to the new model following the completion of this year’s championship to instantly pass on the significant cost savings to owners and operators of Formula 3 machinery in Australia.”
The CAMS-owned Formula 4 Championship currently has nine drivers signed up for its first round, set to be staged in Townsville in eight days time.