Burns wins AUSF1000 championship in wet final round

©Richard Hussey

©Richard Hussey

 

Stewart Burns has won the inaugural Australian Formula 1000 championship at Barbagallo Raceway, winning the opening race and finishing on the podium in the next two.

Daniel Gate was the clear winner in two races while championship hopeful Ben Riley struggled for pace all day.

Qualifying:

Riley, who entered the final meeting one point behind Burns, took pole position in heavy rain, setting a lap 0.2619s quicker than Gate in second place.

Burns was 13 seconds slower than the pole time after struggling with a clutch slip issue.

Drivers later complained about poor visibility in the rain.

Riley took pole in the morning session.

Riley took pole in the morning session.

Jez Hammond failed to set a qualifying time, while 2014 regular Bruce Allen was forced to sit out every session without wet tyres.

Race 1

The cars took to the track for the opening race in rain that series Treasurer Tim Riley later said was the worst he’d seen at Barbagallo Raceway.

Jez Hammond stopped at Turn 6 of the formation lap and start was delayed he was pushed off the track.

As the lights went out, Riley led the three-car field off the line and through Turn 1 while Burns took second place from Gate.

Riley pushed ahead comfortably on the first lap, leading Burns by nearly 2.5s at the line.

He continued to stretch his lead and was three seconds quicker than the chasing pair on lap two.

Three laps later the pendulum swung to Burns and Gate, who closed in on the leader by more than two seconds and one-and-a-half seconds respectively.

Burns pulled away from Gate and moved onto challenging Riley, who quickly fell into his sights.

But a move from Burns wasn’t necessary to take the lead, as Riley slid off the track that lap at the final corner and into the gravel.

The mistake would end his race and put Burns on course for his first F1000 victory.

Riley's mistake cost him dearly.

Riley’s mistake cost him dearly.

With Riley out Burns continued ease away from Gate, who went off the next lap at Turn 4 and lost six seconds to the leader.

He crossed the line nearly ten seconds ahead of Gate, extending his championship lead to 26 points with 50 left available in the season.

After the race, Riley blamed himself for his accident.

“I pushed a little bit too hard . . . and went straight into the gravel, which did a bit of damage to the car,” he said.

Race 2

Hammond again joined Riley, Gate and Burns for the formation lap for Race 2 but was forced to abort the formation lap and enter the pits as the cars came to the grid.

As the lights went out Burns got off the line quickly and jumped from third to first to lead Gate and Riley through the first corner.

Hammond returned to the track after the cars had made it through the first corners.

Burns lead at the end of lap one, with Gate following closely and Riley behind.

A move up the inside at Turn 4 on lap two gave Gate the race lead, who went on to set a lap time more than five seconds quicker than Burns on the next tour.

On the same lap Hammond, who was circulating well behind the main pack, nearly copied Riley’s accident from Race 1, but was able to keep the car on track.

Burns spun at the final corner on lap three after accelerating too heavily in the damp conditions.

This gave Riley a chance at second place.

The two would race to the first corner, with Riley going deep around the outside and emerging ahead at the exit.

They continued to race closely until lap seven.

Riley was able to hold off Burns’ attacks until the final corner on the penultimate lap when a move won him back second place.

With the action taking place behind, Gate continued to extend his lead in front.

Gate took his first victories in the final race meeting.

Gate took his first victories in the final race meeting.

He crossed the line more than nine seconds ahead of Burns to record his first Australian Formula 1000 Championship victory.

Riley finished third.

With 25 points available in the final race and a 28 point lead for Burns, he had scored enough to secure the 2014 championship with a race to spare.

Race 3

Five cars took to the track for the start of Race 3, with Jez Hammond again joining the regular three drivers and Tony Rova making it to the grid for the final race of the year.

By this point the rain had eased for the final race and the track was drying.

With five cars on the grid, Gate lead into Turn 1 after the lights went out.

Burns, Hammond and Riley completed the top four through the first corner, with Rova a distant fifth early on.

Riley re-took third place from Hammond later in the first lap.

Burns stayed close to the race leader through the first laps but began to fall back from lap four, which allowed Riley a chance at taking second place.

Despite running deep at the final corner on lap five, Riley continued to catch the new champion.

The battle between the pair wasn’t as closely fought as in the previous race and Riley took second place at the first corner on lap seven.

Gate crossed the line more than five seconds ahead of Riley, who held off a final-lap comeback from Burns.

Hammond finished fourth, with Rova crossing the line two laps down.

Jez Hammond got his first running of 2014 in the final races. ©Richard Hussey

Jez Hammond got his first running of 2014 in the final races. ©Richard Hussey

Post-race Burns said he wasn’t certain where he would finish in any of the three races.

“Ben ended up in the sand one race, I could easily have been there and we would’ve been the other way around,” he said.

“Conditions were very changeable and even right to the last race there we were guessing.

“I would’ve preferred it had been dry so we could battle it out in more usual conditions, but it’s good to have the championship and to win our first race.”

Riley, who won the season’s first six races, said he was disappointed to miss out on the championship.

“To be honest [I’m] really disappointed, we came here hoping we could pull ahead in the championship but Stewart raced really well today – I couldn’t compete with him in the wet,” he said.

“We just didn’t have the pace today.

“[The] season was great to begin with. I had an awesome start, the car was getting faster and faster. Unfortunately the last two race meetings had a few dramas . . . which put us behind in the championship and unfortunately today we didn’t quite have the speed.

“Well done Stewart Burns, inaugural champion for the F1000s. Great racing, the last race was a corker.”

 

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

  1. Stewart Burns – 232 points
  2. Ben Riley – 206 points
  3. Daniel Gate – 124 points
  4. Bruce Allen – 107 points
  5. Leanne Tander – 70 points
  6. Adam Proctor – 65 points
  7. Jez Hammond – 34 points
  8. Tony Rova – 16 points

 

Stewart Burns receives his trophy for the weekend.

Stewart Burns receives his trophy for the weekend.

Stewart Burns. ©Richard Hussey

Stewart Burns. ©Richard Hussey

 

Burns leads Gate and Riley.

Burns leads Gate and Riley.

Gate in qualifying. ©Richard Hussey

Gate in qualifying. ©Richard Hussey

Gate on the way to his second victory of the meeting.

Gate on the way to his second victory of the meeting.

Riley in qualifying. ©Richard Hussey

Riley in qualifying. ©Richard Hussey

Tander wins two, Proctor one, at Barbagallo

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Leanne Tander has won two of three races at the fourth race meeting of the 2014 CAMS Australian Formula 1000 championship at Barbagallo Raceway, Perth.

Tander, who visited Perth for the event as an invitation driver for Fastlane Racing, set a new Formula 1000 track lap record on her way to victory in Race 1.

Adam Proctor followed Tander to the flag in Races 1 and 3, but was victorious in Race 2.

Ben Riley suffered a gearbox failure following the first race and was forced to sit out the remainder of the event, which allowed Stewart Burns to jump into the championship lead and and brought Bruce Allen closer to the title leaders heading into the final race meeting of the year.

QUALIFYING

 

Tander in qualifying.

Tander in qualifying.

Tander was quickest in the morning qualifying session, and set a new series lap record on her way to pole, circulating the track in 56.053s.

Adam Proctor was second fastest, more than 1.5 seconds behind.

Series leader Ben Riley was third, the quickest qualifier of the West Australian drivers, 0.229s behind Proctor.

Adam Proctor was second-fastest in qualifying.

Adam Proctor was second-fastest in qualifying.

Bruce Allen beat Stewart Burns to fourth on the grid, with Daniel Gate ahead of Jez Hammond in seventh, whose season-long mechanical gremlins continued in the session.

RACE 1

Six of the seven qualifiers lined up on the grid for the day’s first race.

Jez Hammond was forced to abandon the race due to the problems in qualifying.

Despite getting a good start, Proctor slotted behind Tander as the field headed toward the Turn 1.

Fourth-place Allen benefitted from a good start to overtake Riley before the first corner.

The order remained unchanged until the final corner of the opening lap when Riley re-took third place from Allen under braking.

Daniel Gate, whose car had been uncompetitive all weekend, quickly fell back.

The order remained unchanged until lap six when Gate was forced to retire.

The cars gradually spread out as they headed toward the end of the eighth and final lap.

Tander crossed the line in the lead, followed by Proctor, Riley, Allen, and Burns.

Ben Riley's race meeting was cut short.

Ben Riley’s race meeting was cut short.

The race leader would break the F1000 track record a second time on the final lap of Race 1, setting a 55.847s lap time.

After taking the chequered flag, Riley was forced to stop at the first corner with a differential failure.

The issue would end the his race meeting.

RACE 2

Tander got off the line well again and lead cleanly through Turn 1.

With another good start Allen, who took third on the grid due to Riley’s absence, was able to challenge Proctor for position through the first corner.

But over-eager application of the throttle put Allen into a self-inflicted spin on the exit of the turn.

He would return to the track safely, in last place.

Another mechanical issue put Hammond into the gravel at Turn 6 on the opening lap, bringing out the Safety Car and eventually a red flag as marshals worked to rescue the beached car from the gravel.

With Hammond’s car safely out of the way, the race was resumed on the fourth lap.

At the rolling restart the drivers were in a four-lap sprint to the finish, and Proctor wasted no time in showing his hand.

He and Tander duelled for the entire restart lap, eventually racing side-by-side heading into the final corner, with Proctor emerging onto the main straight in the lead for the first time all weekend.

But Tander wasn’t beaten yet and dived up Proctor’s inside into Turn 1, re-taking the race lead.

Tander stayed ahead until Proctor repeated his move from the previous lap and took back the lead at the final corner.

At the same time a battle was warming behind them as the recovering Bruce Allen closed in on third-place Burns.

The gap between the West Australian pair would drop again on the next, penultimate, lap.

But the order at the front remained unchanged for the final tour, with Proctor crossing the line just under one second ahead of Tander.

Jez Hammond scored his first points of 2014 points in Race 3.

Jez Hammond scored his first points of 2014 points in Race 3.

A mechanical issue on Burns’ car offered Allen an easy third place at the end of the race, who finished over seven seconds behind the leading pair.

Burns crossed the line two seconds later.

Speaking of his early-race spin, Allen blamed inexperience for the error.

“I made a great start and squeezed [Leanne] bit going to the inside,” he said.

“I gave her a bit of room and ran wide going through the turn and she dropped back a bit. I just went spun trying to pick up the throttle.

[Leanne] said I was probably just on the marbles a bit, which lit the car up and I was gone. “

RACE 3

At the start of the final race Tander held the lead going into the first corner.

Burns profited from a good start and jumped ahead of Allen heading to Turn 1.

But he would not hold the position for long, with Allen attacking at the final corner on the second lap to take back third place.

At the front the order remained unchanged as Tander and Proctor circulated outside of overtaking range.

Burns and Allen continued to lap closely until the former spun on lap seven, leaving Allen to finish his race unchallenged.

After 10 laps Tander took victory ahead of Proctor, Allen and Burns.

Tander said post-race she’d enjoyed her first taste of F1000.

“It’s quite different to anything I’ve driven before but definitely a lot of fun,” Tander said.

“There’s been a few little niggles that we’ve worked through over the course of the weekend, but getting pole, two wins and a lap record is a pretty good weekend,

“I think it’s a great category.

“They’re not Formula 3s but they’ve definitely got all the aero effects you’d get in that category.”

Proctor, who finished the meeting with 61 points to Tander’s 75, said it’d had been a successful day for himself and the Stohr brand.

“It’s been good to get a taste of what it’s like over here,” he said.

“I don’t think Formula 4 has got a hope in hell of competing against a class like this. These cars will actually be quicker than F4 and they’re not going to cost more than $40,000 to run, let alone more than $100,000.”

WA’s most successful driver of the meeting, Allen, said he was glad to be back in the action after mid-year mechanical issues.

“We’ve just got to drive it now, learn to drive it and get comfortable in the car,” he said.

“I’m not quite comfortable with the new HANS, we need to change the seat, but apart from that the car was fine.

It was probably just the driver who was a bit rusty.”

THE CHAMPIONSHIP

At the end of the penultimate round of the championship Stewart Burns has taken the lead of the table with 169 points, while Ben Riley sits one point behind. With 75 still up for grabs in the final meeting in September, the championship remains possible for both drivers.

Bruce Allen has scored 107 points ahead of visiting drivers Leanne Tander’s 70 and Adam Proctor’s 65.

Daniel Gate has scored 54 points, while Jez Hammond recorded his first race finish of 2014 in this meeting’s final race.

Hammond scored 17 points.

Stewart Burns.

Stewart Burns.

Repairs being made to the Burns car.

Repairs being made to the Burns car.

Stewart Burns.

Stewart Burns.

Leanne Tander.

Leanne Tander.

Tander leads the warm-up lap for the opening race of the day.

Tander leads the warm-up lap for the opening race of the day.

Leanne Tander.

Leanne Tander.

Leanne Tander.

Leanne Tander.

Jez Hammond.

Jez Hammond.

Daniel Gate.

Daniel Gate.

Bruce Allen.

Bruce Allen.

Bruce Allen.

Bruce Allen.

Riley's car is looked at after the Race 1 stop.

Riley’s car is looked at after the Race 1 stop.

Ben Riley.

Ben Riley.

Adam Proctor.

Adam Proctor.

 

Leanne Tander. © Richard Hussey

Leanne Tander. © Richard Hussey

Adam Proctor. © Richard Hussey

Adam Proctor. © Richard Hussey

Adam Proctor. © Richard Hussey

Adam Proctor. © Richard Hussey

Ben Riley. © Richard Hussey

Ben Riley. © Richard Hussey

Daniel Gate. © Richard Hussey

Daniel Gate. © Richard Hussey

Bruce Allen. © Richard Hussey

Bruce Allen. © Richard Hussey

Stewart Burns. © Richard Hussey

Stewart Burns. © Richard Hussey

Ben Riley. © Richard Hussey

Ben Riley. © Richard Hussey

Bruce Allen. © Richard Hussey

Bruce Allen. © Richard Hussey

Jez Hammond. © Richard Hussey

Jez Hammond. © Richard Hussey

© Richard Hussey

© Richard Hussey

Jez Hammond. © Richard Hussey

Jez Hammond. © Richard Hussey

Leanne Tander. © Richard Hussey

Leanne Tander. © Richard Hussey

Jez Hammond. © Richard Hussey

Jez Hammond. © Richard Hussey

Adam Proctor. © Richard Hussey

Adam Proctor. © Richard Hussey

 

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Riley continues to lead AUSF1000 field at Barbagallo

Ben Riley in April

Ben Riley in April.

 

Ben Riley continued his run of victories in the 2014 CAMS WA AUS F1000 Championship, winning all three races in the second race meeting of the season at Barbagallo Raceway.

Stewart Burns was quickest in the morning qualifying session, setting a 0:59.368s lap.

Despite being good enough for pole, it was more than one second slower than April’s quickest qualifying time.

Fastlane Racing’s Daniel Gate was second fastest, just over half-a-second down on Burns.

Stewart Burns was quickest in qualifying.

Stewart Burns was quickest in qualifying.

Ben Riley was unable to set a time to challenge for pole before a front wing mount failure saw him black-flagged from the session.

RACE 1
Despite starting third, Riley passed second-placed Daniel Gate on the opening lap.

The championship leader then took the race lead the next time around.

But the race win was far from certain, with Burns pushing the championship leader all the way to the flag.

He eventually finished less than 1.5s behind the winner.

Consistency over the race’s eight laps was the key to victory and a run of five laps from Riley toward the end of the race all within 0.850s of each other rewarded him with victory.

Despite not winning, Burns’ overall pace was strong and his quickest lap was only 0.029s short of the race’s fastest.

His improved pace toward the end of the race saw him cut the gap to Riley in the final laps.

The race winner later said the pain from a shoulder dislocation two days prior meant he struggled for pace late in the race.

Daniel Gate finished the race third, more than eight seconds behind the winner.

RACE 2
The day’s second race saw Riley lead lights to flag unopposed, recording a lap over 0.650s quicker than the pole time on his way to victory.

Riley set an unchallenged pace from the start of the race, entering the mid-58s four times in the eight-lap event.

Burns again showed excellent consistency, lapping within seven tenths of his quickest lap on six consecutive occasions.

Daniel Gate showed too how consistently drivers can lap in F1000 cars, also consistently lapping close to his personal best.

But despite mature drives from both Burns and Gate, Riley again emerged victorious.

After eight laps the difference between first and second at the chequered flag was 1.5s.

Daniel Gate finished over eight seconds behind.

RACE 3

The meet’s final race saw the closest finish of the day, with the three cars being separated by less than seven seconds at the finish line.

Taking a hat trick of victories, Ben Riley finished ahead of Stewart Burns and Daniel Gate.

But the final positions weren’t as clear as in races one and two, with Gate trailing Burns by only two seconds after eight laps.

The three drivers’ quickest race lap times were separated by only 0.7s.

Daniel Gate narrowly missed out on a season best second place.

Daniel Gate narrowly missed out on a season best second place.

Burns’ challenge for the race lead lasted until the final lap, when a fuel starvation issue meant he was forced to nurse the car to the finish line.

A personal best lap time by Gate closed the gap by 3.5s on the final tour, but it was not enough to secure Fastlane Racing’s best result in the 2014 season.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Race 3

Lap record for current WA open-wheel series

Riley (left) and Burns jostle for position heading into the main straight.

F1000 cars set times around Barbagallo Raceway quicker than any current open-wheel series in the state.

 

Formula 1000, Western Australia’s newest open-wheel motor racing series, smashed the Formula Ford lap record around Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway last month, beating the fastest ever recorded Formula Ford time at the track by more than a second.

Ben Riley, who won the three races on April 26 from pole, set a 58.327s lap around the 2.41km lap at an average of 148.809km/h.

His time was nine seconds quicker than any other series on the day.

Riley said the new car was perfect.

“The handling is really good [and] the setup is absolutely fantastic. We went out there and did everything we wanted to do.”

Five cars were expected to participate in the series’ inaugural race meet, but two were sidelined with mechanical issues.

Ben Riley in qualifying

Ben Riley in qualifying

AUSF1000 Series President Derek Burns said the meeting was a success.

“The guys put on a good show,” Mr Burns said.

“It was clean, close racing and those that know their racing can appreciate it and would really know how hard [the drivers] were working.”

The cars will be at Barbagallo for a demonstration run during the V8 Supercar Perth 400 on May 18.

The next F1000 race meet will be at Barbagallo Raceway on June 7.

Riley tops first AUSF1000 race weekend

Ben Riley, Tow IT WA.

Ben Riley, Tow IT WA.

 

Riley tops first AUSF1000 race weekend

 

Ben Riley has dominated the opening round of the 2014 Australian F1000 Championship at Barbagallo Raceway, setting the fastest qualifying lap time and winning all three races.

The round saw four Formula 1000 cars on track, with mechanical issues effectively eliminating two cars.

In qualifying Riley was over 1.5 seconds quicker than second-fastest driver Stewart Burns.

Bruce Allen was third, 2.5 seconds off pole.

Mechanical issues meant Fastlane Driver School’s Daniel Gate struggled during qualifying.

 

Race 1

Riley struggled with race starts all day and immediately fell from pole position to third at the beginning of the opening race.

The yellow Ribuck Industries-sponsored car of Stewart Burns lead Bruce Allen into Turn 1.

After getting off the line, Riley quickly made his way back on to the tails of the lead pair and after some close driving overtook second-placed Bruce Allen at the final corner on lap two.

Two laps later the lead pair entered the final corner side-by-side.

After the pair raced down the main straight, Riley emerged in the lead going into Turn 1.

Stewart Burns (Ahead) and Bruce Allen battled for position early on in the first race.

Stewart Burns (Ahead) and Bruce Allen battled for position early on in the first race.

His lead remained unchallenged and he finished 2.2 seconds ahead of Stewart Burns.

Allen finished third after mechanical issues hampered his progress.

“I hit a curb and everything just went,” He said post-race.

“Something must [have worked] loose.”

AUSF1000 series president Derek Burns later revealed Allen had a major mechanical issue all day.

“Allen was suffering with a problem with a fuel pump,” He said. “It’s not delivering to the engine cleanly.”
“At the next race meet he’ll be up there with the others.”

 

Race 2

Riley again struggled off pole position and dropped to third at the beginning of the second race.

In a copy of Race 1, Burns lead Allen and Riley at the end of the first lap.

By the end of the second lap Allen’s mechanical issues saw him fall into Riley’s sights, who cemented a pass into the first corner on lap three.

A lap later Burns appeared to run off-line while exiting the Esses which allowed Riley the opportunity to challenge for the race lead at the end of the lap.

A move around the outside of the track’s 90-degree final corner put Riley back into the race lead as the pair entered the main straight.

Burns leads Allen and Riley in Race 2.

Burns leads Allen and Riley in Race 2.

Though they remained close, Riley’s lap times were consistently half-a-second quicker than the second-placed car.

The order remained unchanged to the end and Riley lead Burns by 1.7 seconds as the pair crossed the finish line.

Allen ended the race five seconds behind.

Riley’s 58.323s lap in Race 2 was quicker than pole and was about nine seconds quicker than any series at Barbagallo Raceway on the day.

 

Race 3

Another poor start from the pole sitter meant Riley dropped to second, behind Burns, by the first corner.

A move against the race leader put the pair side-by-side into the first corner on lap two and Riley again resumed his place in the lead.

Riley’s mechanics had increased his tyre pressures before the start of the race on the chance rain would begin to fall, but as the track remained dry he now began to struggle with overheating.

The issue slowed the race leader and allowed Burns to retake the lead into the first corner on lap five as Riley struggled to slow the car down.

The pair continued to battle closely as Riley tried to overcome his issues with front-end grip.

As they raced for position toward the first corner on lap seven, a non-F1000 lap car found its way into the mix.

With the slower car on the racing line, Burns yielded the position and allowed Riley to retake the lead.

Burns later and very commendably said he didn’t want to risk any accidents at the first race meet of the year.

Riley (left) and Burns jostle for position heading into the main straight.

Riley (left) and Burns jostle for position heading into the main straight.

The pair continued to lap closely until the end of the race and crossed the finish line less than a second apart.

Riley took his third race victory from three with Stewart Burns second.

Allen was third, nine seconds adrift of the lead pair.

Riley said post-race he’d struggled to keep the car ahead of Stewart Burns in the final race.

“I was running [the tyres] about 4psi higher than we should have been so the grip just wasn’t there,” He said

“That allowed Stewart to catch up.

“I pushed a bit [too much] . . . and then I came down into Turn 7 and downshifted but only went down to fourth instead of second.

“[Stewart] came past and we had a nice two-lap scrap. A backmarker got involved going into Turn 1. . . But it was good. We all gave each other enough room and it worked out well.”

Stewart Burns said the Race 3 scrap was “good fun”.

“We still give each other plenty of room because [the car’s] still new and we’re still learning a lot,” He said.

“It’s much more fun when there’s someone right next to you doing the same speeds and you’re trying to battle with them.

“There’s a lot more personally from myself. I’m still learning how to drive and how my fitness is also for these kind of cars. You’ve got to be a lot fitter than I am.

“It’s a game of trying to work everything out and make it win.”

Riley left the opening round of the 2014 season with 75 points, while Stewart Burns and Bruce Allen scored 54 and 45 respectively.

 

 

Table

 

Stewart Burns, Ribuck Industries

Stewart Burns, Ribuck Industries

 

Bruce Allen, Cape Capital

Bruce Allen, Cape Capital

Daniel Gate, Fleetcare

Daniel Gate, Fleetcare

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Ambient race start noise with 2014 1.6L V6 turbo F1 engines

Audio of the start of the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix, taken from an unenclosed spectator area. It should be noted that when sitting in the main straight, or anywhere where the audio reverberated of a structure, the engine noise was much louder.

 

 

Audio was recorded approximately from where the blue spot is on the map, well away from the two main straights' amphitheater.

Audio was recorded approximately from where the blue spot is on the map, well away from the two main straights’ amphitheater.

 

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Photos from the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

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