The start of this race weekend marked the halfway point in the 2017 CACC race season. With 9 races completed Doug Floer was sitting with a comfortable lead in both the CACC and the SCCBC Formula Ford Championships. At this point in the season it would take an almost Herculean effort by one of his competitors to unseat him as the leading contender for the championship titles.
For this weekend we welcomed back both Alan McColl in his #03 Tiga FF79 and Olov Brandfors in his #88 Crossle 40/45F. It was great to see both of them back on the track again.
Following Saturday morning’s qualifying session the grid for that afternoon’s race was set as follows: Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94 was the quickest among the Formula Ford drivers. He was followed by Alan McColl in his #03 Tiga FF77 and Olov Brandfors in his #88 Crossle 40/45F. Then came Dave McKay in his #45 Lola 644 and Erle Archer in his #04 Tiga FF79.
At the drop of the green flag, to start the race, it was Doug Floer who led the Formula Ford group into Turn #1. He was followed by Alan McColl, Olov Brandfors, Dave McKay and Erle Archer. As the first 4 drivers made their way through Turn #4 Olov Brandfors’ Crossle suddenly slowed which in turned caused Dave to brake hard to avoid colliding with the back of Olov’s car. Unfortunately Olov’s race and weekend came to an end on this first lap as his engine suffered a crankshaft failure. His demise had allowed both Doug and Alan to open up a significant gap over Dave. The top 3 positions remained unchanged until Lap #8 when Doug ran wide under braking for Turn #1 which then allowed Alan to get by him to take over the lead. All the while as Doug and Alan were battling over the lead Dave had put his head down and was charging hard to try and catch our lead pair. By Lap #10 Dave had made his way back up to the front runners and was on the tail of Doug’s car as all 3 headed into Turn #1. Dave pulled out from Doug’s draft and out braked him into the corner to takeover 2nd place then on the very next lap he did the same thing to pass Alan for the lead. It would be a lead he wouldn’t relinquish despite the intense pressure from both Alan and Doug. On Lap #14 Doug did manage to get by Alan for 2nd place but on Lap #16, as Doug passed Dave into Turn #1 , Doug went a little too deep under braking to avoid Dave’s 4-wheel smokeshow and spun out thereby handing 2nd place back to Alan.
The finishing order was Dave McKay in 1st place, Alan McColl in 2nd place followed by Doug Floer in 3rd and Erle Archer in 4th, Olov Brandfors was officially classified as “ DNF- did not finish. It was a great action packed race with lots of close clean racing and excellent driving.
Qualifying : 1). Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF94) 1m11.086
2). Alan McColl (Tiga FF77) 1m12.499
3). Olov Brandfors (Crossle 40/45F) 1m12.680
4). Dave McKay (Lola 644) 1m12.933
5). Erle Archer (Tiga FF79) 1m17.157
Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer 1m12.010
Sunday morning’s qualifying session saw Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94 once again the fastest of the Formula Ford drivers. He was followed by Dave McKay in his #45 Lola 644 and Alan McColl in his #03 Tiga FF77. Next came Andrew Dobbie in his #93 Van Diemen RF91 and Erle Archer’s #04 Tiga FF79. Andrew had just completed his novice program the day before and this was to be his first race as a senior driver.
When the race started it was Dave McKay who came out of Turn #1 in the lead as he had out braked Doug Floer going into the corner. Following Doug was Alan McColl, Andrew Dobbie and Erle Archer. Then on lap #4 Alan’s race came to an end after he spun exiting Turn #5, it turns out a rock had been kicked up and it hit his oil filter puncturing it. As the filter was under pressure the engine oil was being pumped out and blown back onto his left rear tire which resulted in the spin.
Dave held onto the race lead until Lap #12 when Doug overtook him, despite his best efforts Dave was not able to stay with Doug and he could only watch as Doug’s orange and white Van Diemen slowly pulled away from him as the laps ticked off. When the checkered flag flew it was Doug in 1st place followed by Dave in 2nd place and Andrew Dobbie in 3rd . Unfortunately Erle’s race came to an early end on Lap #7 when he was struck on the left rear by another car as he turned in for Turn #6. The impact broke a clevis bolt in his rear suspension which made the car undriveable so he no option but to retire from the race.
Qualifying : 1). Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF93) 1m11.586
2). Dave McKay (Lola 644) 1m12.195
3). Alan McColl (Tiga FF77) 1m12.282
4). Andrew Dobbie (Van Diemen RF91) 1m17.569
5). Erle Archer (Tiga FF79) 1m19.118
Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer 1m11.582
Having set the fastest lap in Race #2 Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94 was on the pole again for the Formula Ford race. Next came Dave McKay in his Lola 644 and Alan McColl in his Tiga FF77, they were followed by Andrew Dobbie in his Van Diemen RF91 and Erle Archer in his #04 Tiga FF79. Having replaced his oil filter after the damage caused to it in Race #2 and wiped the oil off his car Alan was once again ready to go. Erle had installed a new clevis bolt in his rear upright and was hoping that was the extent of the damage to his car but he was harboring some doubts about the CV joint as it had been subjected to some of the forces in his earlier collision. As the cars headed out on their pace lap Erles’ suspicions were confirmed when his car came to a stop in Turn #3 with no drive.
Right from the drop of the green flag it was Doug who led the group down into Turn #1 and he was followed by Dave in 2nd and Alan in 3rd with Andrew in 4th. On lap #2 Alan passed Dave to take over 2nd place, then on Lap #3 Dave returned the favor. The top 3 stayed this way until lap #6 when Dave spun exiting Turn 5 which allowed Alan to get by him once more. While all this excitement was going on Doug was slowly pulling away from both Alan and Doug. By the time the checkered flag fell to end the race Doug had built up a sizable lead over Alan who in turn had a sizable gap over Dave. The finishing order was Doug in 1st place, Alan in 2nd place, Dave in 3rd and Andrew in 4th.
Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer 1m11.248
Next CACC Championship race is August 12/13/2017 weekend.
Unofficial CACC Point Standings After 12 Races
1). Doug Floer – 100 pts
2). Dave McKay – 61 pts
3). Alan Baker – 29 pts
4). Erle Archer – 24 pts
5). Alan McColl – 12 pts
6). Keith Robinson -12 pts
7). Andrew Dobbie – 7 pts
8). William Kwan – 1 pt
9). Olov Brandfors – 0 pt
Unofficial SCCBC Points Standings After 12 Races
1). Doug Floer- 146 pts
2). Dave McKay – 94 pts
3). Erle Archer- 53 pts
4). Alan Baker -51 pts
5). Keith Robinson -25 pts
6). Alan McColl -20 pts
7). Andrew Dobbie – 14 pts
8). William Kwan – 6 pts
9). Olov Brandfors – 1 pt