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F5000 HISTORY CELEBRATED
The Phillip Island Classic 2018 will be dedicated to celebrating
50 Years of Formula 5000 Racing
Regarded as one of the largest historic racing events in the world, the 2018
Phillip Island Classic will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the spectacular
Formula 5000 worldwide racing with a field of more than 30 cars from
Australia and New Zealand.
Set to be held across 9-11 March 2018, at the highly acclaimed Phillip Island
circuit, the event will create international interest with five legends of Formula
5000 racing confirmed as patrons for the 50th celebratory year event.
The patrons include:
• Alfredo (Alfie) Constanzo – retired Italian born Australian racing driver who
competed in four Australian Grand Prix and won four Australian Drivers’
Championships, equalling the record set by Bib Stillwell.
• Kevin Bartlett – often known as ‘KB’, a former Australian open wheel and
touring racing driver who won the Australian Drivers’ Championship in
1968 and in 1969, as well as the Bathurst 1000 in 1974 and was named
in Wheels Magazine’s Annual Year Book in 2004 as one of Australia’s 50
greatest race drivers.
• Alan Hamilton – twice Australian Sports Car Drivers’ Champion, Porsche
Importer and Team Owner and four times winner of the Gold Star
Championship with Alfie Constanzo. Alan was third in the 1971 Australian
Grand Prix and second at Bathurst in 1974 with Colin Bond.
• Tasmanian, John McCormack – became one of the leading Formula 5000
racers in the 1970s winning the Australian Drivers’ Championship three
times. John won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1973/74 and as well as
racing open wheelers he raced sport sedans and touring cars.
• Ken Smith MBE from New Zealand – won the New Zealand Grand Prix in
1976, 1990 and in 2004 and raced Formula Ford, Formula 5000,
Formula Pacific, Formula Mondial and Toyota Racing Series. Ken has
competed in over 59 consecutive seasons on the motor racing circuit. He
has won the Gold Star Drivers Award five times, Formula 5000 Revival
three times, the Penang Grand Prix three times, the Selanger twice and the
Malaysian Grand Prix once. In 1995 Ken was inducted into the New
Zealand motorsport Hall of Fame.
“We will witness some spectacular racing and no doubt some great Trans-
Tasman rivalry in the International Challenge at Phillip Island in March as the
Formula 5000 cars are currently faster than the V8 Supercars racing,” VHRR
Formula 5000 Group Representative, Bob Harborow, said.
“To showcase this and celebrate the Formula 5000s some of the races will be
longer and patrons will witness cars such as the A50 Matich car which won
the Australian Grand Prix and the MR8 Elfin 5000 of Garrrie Cooper and Vern
Schuppan which raced at both Laguna Seca, and Watkins Glen, USA.”
The Phillip Island Classic ‘Festival of Motor Sport’ is hosted by the Victorian
Historic Racing Register (VHRR) under the direction of veteran leader Ian Tate
and a dedicated committee of volunteers who jointly make this an outstanding
motor sport event that is internationally acclaimed.
For more information, visit www.vhrr.com
AUSTRALIAN RACE CAR
RIVALS F1 MACHINES
Super5000 stuns at Adelaide Motorsport Festival
What Supashock calls Australia’s most spectacular open-wheel race car, the
Super5000, recorded Formula 1-rivalling times at the recent Adelaide
Motorsport Festival, with 2017 Sandown 500 winner Cameron Waters
recording the second-fastest outright time of the entire event.
Driving the Supercar engine-powered machine – designed by Supashock’s
Australian Race Engineering division – Waters achieved a 43.4s lap time
around the Victoria Park Sprint Circuit, just 0.4s slower than the 43.0s that
was set by an Arrows F1 car.
“I was surprised by the Super5000 car – it was so much fun to drive!”
“The engine and gearbox combination worked really well and I could tell how
much attention to detail had gone into the design and construction.”
The Super5000 was also driven by Supercars Champion and three-time
Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander, recently-crowned Dunlop Super2 Series
Champion Todd Hazelwood and South Australian Super2 pilot Josh Kean.
“The Super5000 was a spectacular car to drive,” Todd said.
“The most noticeable aspect was the power of the Supercars motor – in such
a lightweight open-wheeler, the power-to-weight ratio and low-end power
delivery makes it a very exciting car to drive.
“When these cars start racing in the new series, the drivers are going to
thoroughly enjoy the experience and the fans will love watching them.”
The stunning performance and positive driver feedback of the Super5000 was
a proud moment for the Supashock design team, which included respected
engineers Oscar Fiorinotto and Alistair McVean.
“The Super5000 car was designed and constructed right here in Adelaide, so
for it to return home and be so well-received was very special,” Oscar said.
“Around the Sprint Circuit, there aren’t many high-speed corners but the
drivers were very positive about the mechanical grip through the slower
The Super5000 will complete further testing, development and demonstration
runs in the coming months, with orders already taken and interest gathering
in the new Super5000 race series.
For more from Supashock, visit www.supashock.com
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