The International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC) made its yearly stop at Mission Raceway, once again returning to its traditional Labour Day Weekend date after being forced to move to another date last year. Unfortunately no American Formula Ford drivers made the trek north which left only our regular local drivers to compete for the class wins. While this event is run under an ICSCC sanction and rules, it still counts point-wise towards the Sports Car Club of B.C. (SCCBC) Formula Ford Championship but not towards the CACC Championship.
For this weekend we had Martin Phillips from Vancouver join the group for his first outing in his Van Diemen RF91. Despite some initial teething problems with the car, he did get it sorted out and ran some respectable lap times. It was great to see Martin back on track and, with a bit more time in the car, I am sure he can be contending for race wins in the near future. Also joining us for a second weekend was Marty Knoll driving Andrew Dobbie’s Van Diemen RF91. It was very nice to see him back with the group.
The Saturday morning Formula Ford qualifying session was dominated by Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94. The 2nd quickest Formula Ford driver was Alan Baker in his #21 Van Diemen RF89 next came Andrew Dobbie’s #93 Van Diemen RF05. They were followed by Marty Knoll in the #88 Van Diemen RF91, Martin Phillips in his #11 Van Diemen RF91 and Erle Archer’s #04 Tiga FF79.
When the green flag dropped to start the race it was Doug Floer who jumped into the lead of the Formula Ford race. It was a position he would maintain unchallenged for the remainder of the race. He was followed across the finish line by Alan Baker in 2nd place, Marty Knoll in 3rd place and Erle Archer in 4th. Unfortunately, both Martin Phillips and Andrew Dobbie dropped out of the race, Martin on Lap #1 and Andrew on Lap #11. Andrew had completed more than 50% of the laps of the race winner so he was classified as finishing in 5th place thereby collecting some valuable points towards the SCCBC Formula Ford Championship.
Qualifying : 1). Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF94) 1m11.711
2). Alan Baker (Van Diemen RF89) 1m12.579
3). Andrew Dobbie (Van Diemen RF05) 1m13.133
4). Marty Knoll (Van Diemen RF91) 1m13.993
5). Martin Phillips (Van Diemen RF91) 1m15.617
6). Erle Archer (Tiga FF79) 1m17.427
Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer 1m11.619
In qualifying for Sunday’s race Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94 posted the fastest lap among the Formula Fords. The 2nd fastest was Alan Baker in his #21 Van Diemen RF89, then came Andrew Dobbie’s #93 Van Diemen RF05. Marty Knoll in the #88 Van Diemen RF91 was next followed by Erle Archer’s #04 Tiga FF79. Martin Phillips in his #11 Van Diemen RF91 did not qualify so he would have to start the race at the back of the field.
In the race, Doug Floer once again took the early lead and he maintained it until the checkered flag. He was followed by Andrew Dobbie who finished in 2nd place and Marty Knoll was 3rd. In 4th place was Erle Archer. Unfortunately, Alan Baker did not finish the race as he dropped out on Lap #7 with a mechanical problem. Martin Phillips was not able to start the race due to an electrical issue with his car.
Qualifying : 1). Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF94) 1m11.856
2). Alan Baker (Van Diemen RF89) 1m13.423
3).Andrew Dobbie (Van Diemen RF05) 1m13.427
4).Marty Knoll (Van Diemen RF91) 1m13.873
5).Erle Archer (Tiga FF79) 1m18.135
6). Martin Phillips (Van Diemen RF91) Did Not Qualify
Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer 1m12.272
In Monday’s qualifying session Doug Floer in his #62 Van Diemen RF94 made it 3 for 3 winning all the Formula Ford pole positions this weekend. The 2nd fastest driver was Alan Baker in his #21 Van Diemen RF89 followed by Andrew Dobbie in his #93 Van Diemen RF05, Keith Robinson in his #90 Van Diemen RF82 and Dave McKay’s #45 Lola 644. Both Keith and Dave were only able to make this Monday race. The final 2 positions on the grid were filled by Martin Phillips in his #11 Van Diemen RF91 and Erle Archer’s #04 Tiga FF79. Marty Knoll in Andrew Dobbie’s #88 Van Diemen RF91 did not qualify as he had to return to Kelowna.
At the start of the race, Keith Robinson moved up into 3rd place as he passed Andrew Dobbie going into Turn #1. One lap later Dave McKay made his way past Andrew to take over 4th place. Then on Lap #4, Dave’s race came to an end as he pulled off the track and into the paddock with a flat tire. This allowed Andrew the opportunity to challenge Keith for 3rd place, on Lap #17 he tried to make his move as they both came up to Turn #2. Keith went wide as they approached the entrance to the corner and this allowed Andrew to dive up the inside underneath Keith’s car. Unfortunately, Keith didn’t see Andrew on his inside and turned down to apex the corner. The cars touched wheels but thankfully there was no damage to either car and they were able to carry on to finish the race. Doug Floer won the race after having lead it from start to finish. In 2nd place was Alan Baker followed by Keith Robinson in 3rd and Andrew Dobbie in 4th. Martin Phillips came home in 5th place ahead of Erle Archer in 6th place.
With his 3rd straight win of the weekend, Doug Floer has won the Sports Car Club of B.C. (SCCBC) Championship. He now has a 113 point lead over 2nd place man Dave McKay and there are only a maximum of 48 points available if Dave were to win all 3 races at the next race weekend which is Oct.14/15. Our congratulations to Doug on winning both the SCCBC and the CACC Formula Ford Championships. The 2nd thru 4th place positions in the SCCBC Formula Ford Championship are still up for grabs between Dave McKay who is currently in 2nd place with 128 points and Alan Baker with 99 points and Erle Archer with 93 points.
Qualifying : 1). Doug Floer (Van Diemen RF94) 1m12.564
2). Alan Baker (Van Diemen RF89) 1m13.084
3). Andrew Dobbie (Van Diemen RF05) 1m13.261
4). Keith Robinson (Van Diemen RF82) 1m13.439
5). Dave McKay (Lola 644) 1m13.612
6). Martin Phillips (Van Diemen RF91) 1m16.931
7). Erle Archer (Tiga FF79) 1m16.965
8). Marty Knoll (Van Diemen RF91) Did Not Qualify
Fastest Race Lap : Doug Floer 1m12.300
Unofficial SCCBC Points Standings After 18 Races
1). Doug Floer 241 pts
2). Dave McKay 128 pts
3). Alan Baker 99 pts
4). Erle Archer 93 pts
5). Andrew Dobbie 63 pts
6). Keith Robinson 51 pts
7). Alan McColl 20 pts
8). Martin Phillips 8 pts
9). William Kwan 6 pts
10). Olov Brandfors 1 pt