August 12/13 2017 Race Report

Dave McKay #45 leading Keith Robinson #90 and Alan Baker #21 into Turn #6.  Photo courtesy of Brent Martin.

Following a 1 month break in the schedule, it was time for Rounds #12,#13 & #14 of the CACC Formula Ford Championship. With only 1 more CACC Race Weekend on the 2017 schedule, that being Oct.14/15, a strong performance this weekend would pretty much assure Doug Floer the CACC Formula Ford title.

This weekend also saw Andrew Dobbie debut his new to him 2005 Van Diemen RF05. This car replaced his Van Diemen RF91 which he started the season with, the RF91, unfortunately, wasn’t a good fit for him as he wasn’t able to comfortable in the cockpit.

Race #1

In qualifying on Saturday morning Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94 set the fastest time among the Formula Ford drivers. He was 1.6 seconds quicker than Dave McKay in his #45 Lola 644 who was the 2nd fastest qualifier. Dave was followed by Alan Baker in his #21 Van Diemen RF89 and Andrew Dobbie in his #90 Van Diemen RF05. Neither Erle Archer in his #04 Tiga FF79 or Keith Robinson in his #90 Van Diemen RF82 went out for this qualifying session so they would both have to start the race from the back of the grid.

Once the green flag dropped, to start the race, Doug Floer grabbed the Formula Ford lead and he held it all the way to the checkered flag. He had pulled out a gap over 2nd place man Dave McKay and was unchallenged in the race. Dave crossed the finish line in a strong 2nd place followed by Alan Baker in 3rd place and Andrew Dobbie in 4th place. Behind them came Keith Robinson in 5th and Erle Archer in 6th.

Qualifying : 1). Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF94)   1m11.326
2). Dave McKay (Lola 644)   1m12.942
3). Alan Baker (Van Diemen RF89)   1m13.813
4). Andrew Dobbie (Van Diemen RF05)   1m16.610
5). Erle Archer (Tiga FF79)   Did Not Qualify
6). Keith Robinson (Van Diemen RF82)   Did Not Qualify

Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer  1m11.679

 

Race #2

The track for the Sunday morning qualifying session was quite greasy according to the drivers and it showed with considerably slower lap times. Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94 was again the fastest of the Formula Ford drivers. He was followed by Alan Baker in his #21 Van Diemen RF89 and Andrew Dobbie’s #93 Van Diemen RF05. Behind them were Keith Robinson in his #90 Van Diemen RF82 and Dave McKay’s #45 Lola 644 followed by Erle Archer’s #04 Tiga FF79.

At the start of the race, it was Doug Floer who led the Formula Ford grid down into Turn #1. He emerged from the corner in the lead and led the entire race crossing the finish line unchallenged in 1st place. Further back, Dave McKay had made a great start as he passed both Keith Robinson and Andrew Dobbie on the 1st lap, then one lap later he passed Alan Baker to take over 2nd place in the Formula Ford race. He held on to this position to the checkered flag and he was followed by Alan in 3rd place, then came Andrew Dobbie in 4th and Earle Archer in 5th place. Unfortunately, Keith Robinson failed to finish the race having dropped out on Lap #4.

Qualifying : 1). Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF94)   1m14.076
2). Alan Baker (Van Diemen RF89)   1m16.086
3). Andrew Dobbie (Van Diemen RF05)   1m18.860
4). Keith Robinson (Van Diemen RF82)   1m19.271
5). Dave McKay (Lola 644)   1m21.596
6). Erle Archer (Tiga FF79)   1m26.097

Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer   1m11.789

 

Race #3

Having had the fastest lap time in Race #2, Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94 started on the pole for the Formula Ford race. He had Dave McKay’s #45 Lola 644 in 2nd spot on the grid followed by Alan Baker’s #21 Van Diemen RF89. Fourth on the grid was Andrew Dobbie in his #93 Van Diemen RF05 and Erle Archer was starting in 5th spot in his #04 Tiga FF79. Last among the Formula Fords on the grid was Keith Robinson’s #90 Van Diemen RF82.

The final race of the weekend again saw Doug Floer get the jump on the rest of the field on the start. He took the lead going into Turn #1 and over the next 20 minutes built up a sizable gap over Dave McKay in 2nd place. Doug took the checkered flag in 1st place and was followed by Dave in 2nd place and Keith Robinson in 3rd. In 4th place was Andrew Dobbie and 5th went to Alan Baker who had suffered an engine misfire for the majority of the race which led to him being passed by both Keith and Andrew. Behind Alan came Erle Archer in 6th place.

Congratulations to Doug Floer on winning the 2017 CACC Formula Ford Championship, his 3 wins this weekend now give him a mathematically insurmountable points lead. With only 1 CACC race weekend left on the calendar (Oct.14/15) Doug has a 48 point lead over 2nd place man Dave McKay, as there are only 27 points available for winning the next 3 CACC races, he can‘t be beat for the title. Also congratulations to Dave McKay on finishing 2nd in the Championship as he has a 40 point lead over 3rd place so he too can’t be overtaken in the Championship. The 3rd place position in the Champion is still undecided and is being hotly contested by 5 drivers, it will go down to the last race of the season.

 

Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer     1m11.843

 

 

Unofficial CACC Points Standings After 15 Races

1). Doug Floer 127 pts
2). Dave McKay 79 pts
3). Alan Baker 39 pts
4). Erle Archer 28 pts
5). Keith Robinson 18 pts
6). Andrew Dobbie 16 pts
7). Alan McColl 12 pts
8). William Kwan 1 pt
9). Olov Brandfors 0 pt

 

Unofficial SCCBC Points Standings After 15 Races

1). Doug Floer 194 pts
2). Dave McKay 127 pts
3). Alan Baker 76 pts
4). Erle Archer 72 pts
5). Keith Robinson 42 pts
6). Andrew Dobbie 38 pts
7). Alan McColl 20 pts
8). William Kwan 6 pts
9). Olov Brandfors 1 pt

 

Andrew Dobbie’s Van Diemen RF05.
Photo courtesy of Brent Martin.

 

Doug Floer #62 passing Erle Archer #04 into Turn #5.
Photo courtesy of Brent Martin.

 

Alan Baker #21 leading Dave McKay #45 into Turn #7.
Photo courtesy of Brent Martin.

 

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