The last round might have been a bit tame compared to what we have seen for most of this year, but that just highlights how good the racing has been though out 2016.
Mitch Maddren is a very worthy series winner. He is fast and a fast learner, and his dad put together a very professional effort with a well prepared car. I�m sure Mitch would agree that the racing was much closer and much more intense than his points lead would indicate. It has been a great season highlighting the impressive talent of a number of our young drivers. And some not so young ones as well!
Mitch Maddren - 2016 QLD Formula Ford Series Winner!
Tony Chapman took second in the series, a welcome reward. Returning after some time out of these cars, he admitted to being shocked by how quick everyone was going, but he worked away at it, getting faster and faster in an older chassis. He also won the 'Silver star' award for pre 1996 cars.
Tony Chapman was Mr. Consistency in 2016, and claimed Second in the overall standings and the Silver Star.
Hunter McElrea had no problem with going quick in an older car. He avoided the dramas that befell others, and scored plenty of wins despite only competing in half of the Kent series. Third place in series was a great effort.
He has a big year ahead, doing the National Formula Ford series with a top team.
Hunter McElrea scored 3rd in the Series. Here he is getting loose overtaking Tom Corbett at Queensland Raceway.
Karla Curtis sealed the �Rookie of the Year� award at the last round. She started the year as a true rookie and just got faster, popping out some very fast laps on occasions. She has learnt a lot and will be fighting for the series win next year.
Karla Curtis - 2016 QLD Formula Ford Rookie of the Year
The �Masters� award for over forties was won by James Corbett, always there just that bit behind the front guys. Not only is he in his fifties, but also he is too big for Formula Ford. Winning the National Formula Ford 1600 round at QLD Raceway was a great effort. More than likely the oldest competitor ever to do so.
James Corbett, winner of the Masters award and put in a huge amount of effort off the track to make the season what it was. Thanks James.
Not everyone can win and we saw some other drivers impress as well. Harri Jones has shown plenty of speed for someone that has not done a lot of racing. He did not do the whole series this year, but is going to give the National Series a real shake next year.
Harri Jones (far left), was always at or near the front and produced an impressive display at the QR National Round in his Duratec.
Tom Corbett, back racing for the first time in a while, impressed with his one-man band effort. He always gave it everything, was fast (winning pole at the QR National round), battled for race wins, and copped some awful luck. Hopefully he'll be back next year once he's recovered from his injuries.
It usually wasn't too hard for photographers to frame Tom Corbett and Mitch Maddren simultaneously in 2016.
Bob Power sets the benchmark for senior drivers. At an age when some would be struggling to keep their road licence, Bob scored a podium at the QR National Formula Ford 1600 round. He is never easy to beat. He is a legend.
Bob Power once again showed many of the younger drivers how things are done, here at QR.
To the fast young guys that are set to take on bigger things next year, thank your parents a lot, and really appreciate that very few get the opportunity that they are giving you. Make us proud and let them know how good the Queensland Formula Ford series is.
The Duratec class did not have anyone do the required three rounds to qualify for awards. For the record Hunter McElrea scored the most points from Michael Porter, each having competed in two of the six rounds. Will Brown was third in the points running only one round.
- Mitch Maddren - 237 pts
- Tony Chapman - 194 pts
- Hunter McElrea - 178 pts
- Thomas Corbett - 159 pts
- James Corbett - 150 pts
See Results page for full standings.