Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway will roar into life this weekend when the 2012 Victorian Formula 500 Title invades the 450 metre Kalkee venue. With 35 nominations received for the two night event indications are that this will be one of the toughest Victorian Titles in its 49 year history.
Defending Victorian Champion Charlie Brown #1 leads the nominations. After winning the Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian titles last season Brown is coming into his title defence with some strong 2012 results including a podium result in Western Australia a few weeks ago.
A host of Victorian hard chargers are out to keep the Title on home soil. Names like Jye O’Keeffe the current Australia 2, perennial front runner Chad Sullivan, Stampede Series champion James Aranyosi, Will Carroll, Mat Turner, Rob Trewartha, Rod Barker, Gerrard Mabbitt, Phill Smith, Brett Willsher, Matthew Symons and Steven Horton to name a few. Interstate drivers nominated include Brock Hallett, Kristin Brown and Brad Tink amongst the nominations.
The format for the first night will see each driver participate in 2 x 12 Lap heats, the first being drawn with the 2nd heat being reversed with the lanes swapped over. If the car count permits there will be a 15 lap C–Main for drivers 32nd in points onward with the top 6 transferring to the back of the last chance B-Main. The 18 lap B–Main will include drivers 13th to 31st on points plus the 6 transferring from the C–Main race with the top 12 transferring to the back of the 25 lap A–Main final for night one.
Night two will see the same format as for night one. The opening round of heats will see the highest points from night one starting at the front. The second round of heats will see the highest points coming from the rear of the field with the rows crossed.
After the qualification heats are completed 32nd in points onwards will race off in another 15 lap C–Main with the top 6 transferring to the back of the B–Main. The 20 Lap B–Main will have 22 cars in it with 13th-31st on points and also the top 6 from the C–Main with the top 12 transferring to the back of the A–Main. After twelve heats and five Main’s the 2012 Victorian Formula 500 Title final will be run over 25 laps with the top 24 cars doing battle for the coveted ‘Victoria 1’ crown.
A full support program includes Micro Sprints, Les McMaster Memorial for Limited Sportsman, ASCF Sedans (A mixture of 3 Litres & ASCF Ladies) & 1200 Juniors. The Limited Sportsman drivers are itching for a run with their Victorian Title at Hamilton called off for the second time last weekend due to wet weather. Current Victorian Champion Joe Aston and Victorian #3 Mick Risolli headline the field of 14 cars that will contest the Les McMaster Memorial, racing on Saturday only.
1200 Juniors have lost local driver Gemma Horrocks but there is a huge field of visiting drivers to make up the numbers.
Unfortunately due to low nominations the Demolition Derby scheduled for Sunday will not take place.
Racing starts Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 4.30pm