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Solid Finish To Mineeff's Formula Ford Journey at Phillip Island

  Lachlan Mineeff has wrapped up fifth place in the 2019 Australian Formula Ford Championship by finishing sixth overall in the final round of the season at Phillip Island on the weekend.
 
Despite not testing prior to the event, and only completing eight laps during a weather-affected day of practice on Friday, Mineeff qualified sixth.
 
“In qualifying, we were caught in some traffic and didn’t quite maximise the car’s performance, but we still ended up with a reasonable grid position,” Mineeff said.
 
Mineeff finished seventh in Race 1, a result he repeated in a wet Race 2.
 
“In Race 1, the tyres took a while to reach their peak performance, and I lost a position early in the race,” he said.
 
“In Race 2, considering I had never driven at Phillip Island in the wet before, I was happy with my pace; the main focus was staying out of trouble and avoiding damage.
 
Some strong race-craft enabled Mineeff to improve to fourth in Race 3, the 16-year-old making up multiple positions in the closing laps and also gaining some places when a few other drivers were penalised for overtaking under yellow-flag conditions.
 
“Once again, the car took a while to come on and I lost some places at the start, but it was really fast towards the end and I was able to overtake people, and also capitalised on a few penalties,” Mineeff said.
 
Mineeff secured a top-five finish in the Australian Formula Ford Championship for the second year in a row.
 
“While our championship finishing position is the same as 2018, there’s no doubt we took a big step forward this season,” Mineeff said.
 
“Our pace was a lot more competitive, as we demonstrated by winning two rounds, and we only finished seven points behind third place.”
 
Mineeff is especially proud of his exemplary finishing record over the last two seasons.
 
“Over the last two years of national Formula Ford, I’ve finished all 42 races – no other driver in the field can say they’ve done that,” Mineeff said.
 
“It shows our CHE Racing Team have prepared an extremely reliable car, and we’ve been able to avoid on-track incidents.”
 
With Mineeff’s second full season in national Formula Ford complete, the Oxley College student is ready for new challenges, and will spend the remainder of 2019 putting together commercial arrangements for the 2020 season. More details will be revealed in the coming months, and interested commercial partners are encouraged to contact Lachlan via his website and social media channels.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Indicom Electrical
Cactus Graphics
Astral Industries and Maintenance

MIneeff Aims For Top 3 In Formula Ford Championship

Australian Formula Ford Championship competitor Lachlan Mineeff is aiming to secure a top-three position in the final standings, when the series concludes at Phillip Island this weekend.

Mineeff is currently fourth in the FFord standings, just three points behind his team-mate Tom Sargent who sits in third position.

While Mineeff is mathematically in contention for the title, he accepts that outright victory in the Formula Ford championship would be a stretch. However, he says third place is a very achievable target.

“We would need a lot of luck to go our way to finish first or second, but it’s going to be a good battle for third,” he said.

“One of the main drivers I need to beat will be (team-mate) Tom, but while I’ll be racing hard to try and beat him, I’ll also be very conscious of not making unnecessary contact.

“The Phillip Island round was good for us last year – I finished fourth in one of the races, which was my equal-best result. The title contenders will be driving cautiously this weekend, so the plan will be to capitalise and hopefully win a couple of races.”

The year 11 Oxley College student is also hoping his recent simulator racing exploits will give him a winning edge. In preparation for the event, Mineeff has been competing in some high-profile simulator races including the Tuesday night “Just Send It” iRacing series, a competition that attracts Supercar and even Formula 1 drivers.

“The simulator racing has been very useful in terms of mentally preparing me for the task at hand,” Mineeff said.

“Even though the sensations are never going to compare to real-life racing, a lot of the processes and approaches are very similar, especially when it comes to maximising performance over a flying lap in qualifying, and setting up overtaking moves on other cars.

“On Tuesday night I raced at Bathurst in a TCR car, and it was really cool to compete against the likes of (Supercars Champion) Scott McLaughlin.”

This weekend’s final Australian FFord round will consist of practice on Friday, qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Indicom Electrical
Cactus Graphics
Astral Industries and Maintenance

  

CHE Racing Juniors Score Porsche Test

Formula Ford stars Tom Sargent and Lachlan Mineeff are preparing to experience one of the most thrilling moments in their motorsport careers tomorrow, when they turn laps at Wakefield Park in a current-specification Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Sargent (17, from Young) and Mineeff (16, from Bowral) have been two of the front-runners in the 2019 Australian Formula Ford Championship, each winning races and rounds for the CHE Racing Team.

The team, owned by the family of 2015 Formula Ford champion Cameron Hill, has organised tomorrow’s test as an acknowledgement of Sargent and Mineeff’s impressive performances, and the car they will test is the very same Porsche raced by Hill in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

Hill said the test opportunity is thoroughly deserved by both drivers, and also reinforces Formula Ford as an officially-recognised step in the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid.

“Tom and Lachlan have both achieved some outstanding results, and they’re both learning and improving all the time,” Hill said.

“I know, from first-hand experience, just how valuable Formula Ford is as a junior development category, and with our CHE Racing operation, our plan is to give young drivers the right environment to learn the fundamental skills of going motor-racing.

“Being able to drive a race car quickly is a critical component, but it’s certainly not the only aspect of being a successful competitor; Formula Ford teaches drivers how to feel the impact of setup changes on car balance, how to analyse data and provide feedback to an engineer, and how to engage in wheel-to-wheel combat without making contact with other cars.

“Lachlan and Tom have proven themselves as race and round winners, and they’ve done our small family team very proud; we feel it’s appropriate to offer them a drive of the other race car in our stable.

“While the Porsche is a lot faster and more powerful than a Formula Ford, the fundamentals of driving technique are not too dissimilar, so I’m expecting them to go well. But I’ll be reminding them I have to race the car at Bathurst in a few weeks!”

Sargent and Mineeff are both thoroughly looking forward to the experience.

“The only tin-top race car I’ve ever driven has been a Toyota 86, and I’ve never driven anything with slick tyres before,” Sargent said.

“It will also be my first time in a left-hand-drive car, so there will be a lot to get used to, but I can’t wait!”

“I can hardly believe it’s happening, I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much tonight because it’s like the night before Christmas,” Mineeff added.

Mineeff the Hardest Charger at Windy Wakefield

Lachlan Mineeff has taken out the CHI Hard Charger Award in Round 6 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at a windy Wakefield Park circuit on the weekend, after a storming recovery drive in the opening race.

The year 11 Oxley College student qualified eighth in an extremely tight session.

“The times in qualifying were ridiculously close; there was less than 0.1s from third down to eighth,” Mineeff said.

Mineeff’s chances of fighting to the front of the pack were severely set back at the start of Race 1, an off-track excursion dropping him to the rear of the 27-car field. In a display of pure determination and fine race-craft, Mineeff regathered his composure and staged a stunning fightback, working his way back to 10th at the finish.

“I made a good start, and I went to the outside heading into Turn 1, but just went a bit too deep into the corner,” Mineeff said.

“I went through the gravel trap and dropped to last, but I knew I had a fast car and I was determined to make up as many places as I could.”

Mineeff’s forward progress continued in Race 2; he climbed to fifth position. He was again running with the lead pack in Race 3, before an incident caused the race to be ended five laps early when he was running in sixth.

“In Races 2 and 3, the car was very quick and I was able to overtake people,” Mineeff said.

“In Race 3, I was catching the leaders, but then the race was declared early, which was a shame.”

Mineeff said the windy weather conditions made it a very challenging weekend for all the drivers.

“The wind was very strong all weekend – we were experiencing gusts of well over 70km/h,” he said.

“Because Formula Fords are so light, the wind was really unsettling the car – in every corner, you didn’t really know what to expect because it was changing so much.”

Mineeff is fourth in the standings heading to the final round in three weeks.

“Despite the Race 1 setback, we scored a solid bundle of points this weekend, and we’re still well in contention for a top-three result in the championship,” Mineeff concluded.

The seventh and final round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship will be held at Phillip Island, 28-29 September.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Indicom Electrical
Cactus Graphics
Astral Industries and Maintenance

Mineeff Plays Down Home Track Advantage

The Australian Formula Ford Championship may be heading to Lachlan Mineeff’s home track, Wakefield Park, this weekend, but the Southern Highlands racer is talking down the potential advantages.

Mineeff and his CHE Racing Team have tested at the Goulburn circuit in the lead-up to this weekend’s penultimate round of the season. However, other teams have also completed test days at the venue, prompting Mineeff to be cautiously optimistic rather than over-confident.

“We did a couple of test days, but our main rivals did as well, so we don’t really have any advantages in terms of preparation,” he said.

“In saying that, both test days went really well. We completed a lot of laps, we were able to make plenty of adjustments, and we were able to get a good read on our setup changes and how they affected the handling of my Purple Sector Formula Ford.

“Off the back of our wins in the last two rounds, there’s a lot of confidence in the team at the moment, and we feel we have a package to fight at the front of the field once again.”

While on-track preparations have been going smoothly, Mineeff has also spent time enhancing the off-track aspects of his racing program. Since the last round at Sandown, he has introduced a micro-sponsor program, allowing interested individuals or businesses to enjoy a personalised involvement with the team for a modest investment.

Micro-sponsorship is available for as little as $100, with all micro-sponsors’ names listed on the car. Higher-level packages are also available, and include benefits such as tickets to race meetings, and a hot lap in Mineeff’s Bathurst 6 Hour Toyota 86 production car.

Mineeff said the micro-sponsorship program has already been well-received.

“I only announced the micro-sponsorship program a couple of weeks ago, and I’m stoked with the response,” he said.

“I already have a number of people and businesses involved, which is awesome!”

This weekend’s Formula Ford round will follow the standard format, with practice on Friday, qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Indicom Electrical
Cactus Graphics
Astral Industries and Maintenance

Mineeff Launches Into Title Contention With Back To Back Wins

Lachlan Mineeff has launched himself into contention for the 2019 Australian Formula Ford Championship with his second consecutive round win in the series, emerging as the overall victor after a chaotic weekend of racing at Sandown.

After qualifying fourth, the 16-year-old dodged several incidents in Race 1 to take the win.

“Race 1 was one of those races where there seemed to be cars spearing off and crashing into each other left, right and centre, so I focused on avoiding the drama and it paid off,” Mineeff said.

Starting from pole position in Race 2, Mineeff swapped the lead several times, and was again forced to avoid a collision between a couple of other drivers late in the race. He was classified third in the official results.

“Race 2 was an interesting one, because there were some quite fast cars coming through from the back of the field, and they were taking lots of risks to overtake,” Mineeff said.

“I stayed in the lead pack and was again able to capitalise on an incident to score another top-three result.”

Mineeff was again in contention for victory in Race 3, but an awkward moment with a slower car cost him momentum, and saw him relegated to fourth at the finish.

“Race 3 was longer, which meant we were lapping the slower cars at the end of the race,” Mineeff said.

“I caught up to one of them at a difficult spot on the track, which allowed the leader to pull away and the cars behind to catch up to me.

“I knew a solid top-five finish was still going to be good enough for me to win the round overall, so I didn’t panic at that point.”

While elated with the result, Mineeff said his immediate thoughts at the end of the weekend were with his team-mate Tom Sargent, who was forced to withdraw from the race meeting due to concussion sustained in a serious qualifying crash.

“It was a sensational weekend for me, but I’m really disappointed for Tom,” Mineeff said.

“I never want to see anyone have a nasty incident like that, and especially not my friend and team-mate. Thankfully, he had excellent medical care at the track and hospital, and he’ll be fine.

“The CHE Racing Team did an amazing job – as well as giving me a sensational car all weekend, they even managed to rebuild Tom’s one, but unfortunately he wasn’t given medical clearance to race.”

Mineeff’s second round victory has elevated him to third in the Formula Ford standings, 32 points behind the leader with 122 points still on offer across the final two rounds of the season.

The penultimate round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship will be held on Mineeff’s home turf, Goulburn’s Wakefield Park circuit, 6-8 September.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Race Stars

Round Results Summary
Qualifying: 4th
Race 1: 1st
Race 2: 3rd
Race 3: 4th
Overall: 1st

Top 10 Points – After Round 5
1. Angelo Mouzouris – 203
2. Zac Soutar – 179
3. Lachlan Mineeff – 171
4. Callum Hedge – 165
5. Tom Sargent – 164
6. Jay Hanson – 149
7. Cody Burcher – 134
8. Courtney Prince – 123
9. Liam McLellan – 86
10. Cody Donald – 84

Mineeff makes gains in dramatic Sandown FFord round

Lachlan Mineeff has moved into Australian Formula Ford series contention with a race win and round honours in a dramatic Round 5 of the season at Sandown.

Zac Soutar qualified on pole and Race 1 saw a big battle for top spot between him, Cody Donald, and Angelo Mouzouris.

Soutar was second when he had a mechanical failure just as he crossed the control line to start Lap 8, which saw him hit by Mouzouris.

That would therefore be the final lap and while Donald was first to take the chequered flag, he was disqualified for a fuel irregularity, handing the win to Mineeff from Victorian Formula Ford Championship leader Ben D’Alia and his state rival Ben Bargwanna.

Soutar charged from near the back of the field to take out Race 2, ahead of Cody Burcher.

Donald was also mounting an impressive recovery drive until an incident with Jay Hanson and Peter Fitzgerald that took him out of contention.

Hanson crossed the finish line in third but was penalised for that incident, putting Mineeff on the podium again.

Soutar also won Race 3, but there was more frustration for Donald when he again put himself back into position to vie for the victory, only to have a clash with Burcher and another DNF.

Jay Hanson finished the race in second position, ahead of Mouzouris and Mineeff.

Mouzouris’ salvage effort means that he leads the series by 24 points over Soutar, with Mineeff another eight behind.

Tom Sargent was diagnosed with concussion after making heavy contact with the tyre wall at Turn 6 while trying to avoid traffic during qualifying.

After a night in The Alfred Hospital for observation, Sargent returned to Sandown on Sunday but sat out the racing due to not having medical clearance to compete.

The sixth and penultimate round for the national Formula Ford season is at Wakefield Park on September 6-8.

Standings (Top 10)

1 Angelo Mouzouris 203

2 Zac Soutar 179

3 Lachlan Mineeff 171

4 Callum Hedge 165

5 Tom Sargent 164

6 Jay Hanson 149

7 Cody Burcher 134

8 Courtney Prince 123

9 Liam McLellan  86

10 Cody Donald  84

Source: Speedcafe.com

Confident Mineeff Ready To Continue Winning Momentum

Winning Southern Highlands racer Lachlan Mineeff says his confidence levels are at an all-time high, as he prepares for this weekend’s fifth round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway.

The 16-year-old Oxley College Student claimed his maiden Formula Ford round win at The Bend Motorsport Park last time out, emerging on top after a tight tussle with several other drviers.

“I always believed I had the ability to win, but now I know I can do it, and understand exactly what it takes,” Mineeff said.

“Having said that, this year’s Formula Ford field is extremely competitive, so I’m not becoming over-confident. Winning a race has made me realise just how much hard work and driving skill is required… but I’m ready to do it again!”

Since The Bend, Mineeff’s victorious performance has attracted attention from a number of high-profile sources including renowned current affairs commentator Paul Murray, who invited him to appear on Sky News to talk about his racing and also promote ReFrame, a free mental health service providing support to 12-25-year-olds in the Southern Highlands.

“Since I became involved with ReFrame last year, I’ve been looking for opportunities to promote its services through my motorsport activities – it turned out that my on-track success generated the attention we needed to give ReFrame some valuable coverage,” Mineeff said.

“I’m passionate about helping other people around my age who might be going through a tough time, and I’m excited about some projects we’ll be working on throughout the rest of the season.

Turning his attention back to the race track, Mineeff said the Sandown circuit is very different to other tracks Formula Ford has visited recently.

“The Bend had lots of fast, flowing corners, but Sandown is much more stop-start – it’s a mixture of slow corners leading onto long straights,” he said.

“There will be a lot of slipstreaming and overtaking as usual, but the key factor we’ll be focusing on is drive out of the slow corners, to ensure we reach the maximum possible speed on the straights.”

The round will feature the normal format of practice on Friday, qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Race Stars

Mineeff Breaks Through at The Bend

Lachlan Mineeff has joined an illustrious list of drivers who have achieved success in the Australian Formula Ford Championship, breaking through for his maiden race and round victories at The Bend Motorsport Park on the weekend.

After qualifying fifth, Mineeff made up one place to finish fourth in Race 1.

The 16-year-old Southern Highlands racer again ran fourth for most of Race 2, but was able to improve to second place when he slipped past a couple of his rivals in the final corner.

Starting from the front row of the grid in Race 3, Mineeff made an excellent start and accelerated into the lead – from there, he was never headed, and led every lap to secure his maiden victory at a national level.

After narrowly missing the podium on several previous occasions, the Oxley College student was elated with the weekend’s result.

“What a fantastic weekend – we’ve been chipping away and gradually improving, so to finally break through for our first overall podium result by finishing on the top step is just an amazing result,” Mineeff said.

“We knew the car was good as soon as we hit the track for practice on Friday, and we kept refining it throughout the weekend.

“I was a bit disappointed after qualifying – I thought we could have been higher than fifth – but in the first race we had the speed to run with the lead pack and I felt we were on for a strong weekend.

“A bit of luck went our way in Race 2, and in Race 3 I made one of my best starts ever.

“Once I had the lead, I knew I had to make the most of it, so I put my head down and made sure every corner of every lap was perfect. The cars behind were battling each other for second, which allowed me to open up a gap.

“On the last lap, there were a few nervous moments when I had to lap some slower cars, so I was very relieved when I saw the chequered flag.”

Mineeff’s team-mate Tom Sargent finished second overall to secure a 1-2 result for the CHE Racing Team, and Mineeff paid credit to the hard work of his crew.

“To share such an awesome result with Tom makes it especially sweet, and combined with (team-manager) Cameron Hill’s win in Carrera Cup last weekend, it’s been a very successful couple of events for the whole team,” he said.

Mineeff will next be in action for the fifth round of the championship at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway, 20-21 July.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Race Stars

Top 10 Points – After Round 4
1. Angelo Mouzouris – 178
2. Tom Sargent – 164
3. Callum Hedge – 162
4. Zac Soutar – 138
5. Lachlan Mineeff – 125
6. Cody Burcher – 118
7. Jay Hanson – 115
8. Courtney Prince – 97
9. Liam McLellan – 86
10. Cody Donald – 84

Mineeff Set To Send It At The Bend

Lachlan Mineeff is predicting this weekend’s fourth round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia to produce some of the most exciting racing of the year, and is ready to put his overtaking prowess to good use.

The Southern Highlands driver is forging a reputation for hard-charging drives, most notably in the previous round at Winton where he stormed from 13th on the grid into the top six in the weekend’s opening race, and he reckons the Tailem Bend track is one that suits his attacking style.

“It’s a challenging track, but it’s very rewarding when you get it right. There are some high-speed corners around the back part of the circuit that require commitment and bravery, but you also need to position the car very accurately,” Mineeff said.

“They’re the sorts of corners that reward drivers who have a good feel for the grip they have, and how much speed they can carry.

“The front straight is very long, and in these Formula Fords there will be a lot of slipstreaming, as drivers try to gain an advantage by getting a tow from the car in front. I can’t wait to make some late braking moves into the first corner, but at the same time I know there will be people behind looking to do the same to me!”

The 16-year-old is seventh in the Formula Ford standings after a consistent start to the year highlighted by a top-three result at Queensland Raceway, and is hoping his CHE Racing Team’s 2018 form at Tailem Bend will translate to front-running results.

“The Bend was a happy hunting ground for us last year – I won a couple of races in a state championship event, and my team-mate Tom (Sargent) was on the podium in the national round, so our cars seem to work pretty well there.

“We’re closer to the front-running pace than we’ve been before, but the competition has stepped up; we only need to make small gains to run right at the front.

“Our mentor and driver coach Cameron Hill had his first race win in Porsche Carrera Cup in Darwin on the weekend, so hopefully we can produce some more breakthrough results,” Mineeff concluded.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Race Stars

  

A Weekend of Damage Limitation

CHE Racing Formula Ford driver Lachlan Mineeff has rated the weekend’s third round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Winton as an exercise in damage limitation, finishing eighth overall with mixed results across the three races.

Winton Raceway’s notoriously changeable track conditions made Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions a challenge for Mineeff and the team, and he slotted into 13th on the grid for Saturday’s opening race.

A rain shower moistened the circuit for Race 1, Mineeff finding his Purple Sector Racing Mygale was well-suited to the low-grip surface, and he charged to sixth.

The conditions were drier for Races 2 and 3, and Mineeff was shuffled back in the typically cut-throat mid-pack battles, finishing seventh in Race 2 and ninth in Race 3.

“We started on the back foot on Friday, and didn’t quite find the right setup for qualifying,” Mineeff said.

“Race 1 was good – the car was strong in the wet and I had the confidence to pass quite a few cars.

“We knew the conditions were probably going to improve for Sunday, so we kept working on our dry setup and it was definitely an improvement. I didn’t maximise its performance in Race 2, and then I struggled with some of the mid-pack traffic in Race 3.”

Mineeff admitted Winton was always going to be a tough round for the NSW-based CHE Racing outfit, against Victorian teams with a wealth of experience at the venue.

“I’m not making excuses, but we were up against drivers and teams who had completed a lot of laps around Winton, and had a much better idea of what to expect with track conditions,” Mineeff said.

“I’m looking forward to the next round at Tailem Bend, which will be a more level playing field.”

Round 4 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park as part of the Australian Motor Racing Series, 21-23 June.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Race Stars

Mineeff Ready To Conquer Wet And Wild Winton

Rain showers are expected to greet competitors at this weekend’s third round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Winton Raceway, but Southern Highlands racer Lachlan Mineeff is refusing to let the forecast dampen his expectations.

Instead, the CHE Racing driver is focused on the thrill of racing in front of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship audience for the second time in his career.

“It’s awesome to have a Formula Ford round back on the Supercars program; we raced with the Supercars at Tailem Bend last year, and it was an absolute blast,” Mineeff said.

“Once again, we’ll be competing in front of all the top Australian drivers and teams, and Winton always draws a big and passionate crowd.”

Like all Supercars support categories, Formula Ford will also benefit from live television coverage on FOX Sports this weekend.

“The live TV will be really good exposure, and people can also live stream the races by downloading the Kayo Sports app,” Mineeff said.

“We’ll all want to put on a good show, so our races will be well worth watching.”

Mineeff tested at Winton last week, but said the expected wet weather could change the team’s approach to the event.

“The testing was valuable, and we made some progress with the car setup and with my driving, but a lot of what we learned will become irrelevant if it’s wet,” he said.

“A bit of rain wouldn’t actually be a bad thing; it tends to level the playing field, and it’s good practice for all of us young drivers to handle a race car on a low-grip surface.

“The other thing that will be important this weekend is qualifying – Winton doesn’t have any long straights and the braking zones are very short, so overtaking is difficult whether it’s wet or dry.

“We’ll be aiming to maximise our performance in qualifying, and reduce the amount of hard work I have to do in the races.”

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
Solo-Werks Suspension Systems
Race Stars

Weekend Schedule
Friday, 24 May
8:55am – Practice 1 (20 min)
11:35am – Practice 2 (20 min)
1:45pm – Qualifying (20 min)

Saturday, 25 May
12:05pm – Race 1 (10 laps)

Sunday, 26 May
8:15am – Race 2 (10 laps)
3:50pm – Race 3 (10 laps)

Mineeff Achieves Career-Best Result in Queensland

Lachlan Mineeff has scored a career-best result of third place in Race 3, Round 2 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Queensland Raceway on the weekend, after steadily improving throughout the event.

By his own admission, Mineeff started the weekend more slowly than he would have liked, qualifying 10th and finishing 11th in Race 1 after a cautious drive in appalling weather conditions.

“Practice on Friday went smoothly, and I was very confident of a good showing in qualifying on Saturday morning, but we put new tyres on and I didn’t make the most of the extra grip,” Mineeff admitted.

“In Race 1, it was extremely wet. The track was slippery and the visibility was terrible, due to all the spray. Rather than risking a crash, I drove conservatively and concentrated on bringing the car home in one piece.”

When the track dried, Mineeff’s pace improve considerably. He progressed to seventh in Race 2, and then capitalised on some opportunities to move up to third in Race 3.

Mineeff said the final race was a big confidence-booster.

“I was encouraged by our speed in Race 2 – I was able to make some good overtaking moves, and I felt we had the pace to improve even further in Race 3.

“In the last race, some of the drivers in the leading pack were battling aggressively, and I sensed that I needed to be in a position where I could avoid any incidents while also hopefully capitalising and making up some spots. As it turned out, that was exactly what happened.

“Once I got into the top three, I had the pace to catch up to the cars in front – it was a very positive way to finish the weekend, and carry some strong momentum to the next round at Winton.”

Round 3 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship will be held at Winton as a support category for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, 24-26 May.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:

Purple Sector

Southern Star Truck Centre

Granger Design

Solo-Werks Suspension Systems

Race Stars


Round Results Summary

Qualifying: 10th

Race 1: 11th

Race 2: 7th

Race 3: 3rd

Overall: 7th


Top 10 Points – After Round 2

  1. Tom Sargent – 90

  2. Callum Hedge – 86

  3. Zac Soutar – 86

  4. Angelo Mouzouris – 73

  5. Cody Burcher – 62

  6. Courtney Prince – 59

  7. Lachlan Mineeff – 55

  8. Jake Donaldson – 54

  9. Jay Hanson – 51

  10. Cody Donald – 39

Race Craft Is Key

Lachlan Mineeff says race-craft will be the deciding factor in this weekend’s second round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich.


The 16-year-old Burradoo resident, who recently created history as part of the youngest driver combination to finish an endurance race at Bathurst, will be making his second visit to the circuit affectionately known as “the Paperclip”, after racing there for the first time in 2018.


Mineeff said the circuit’s ostensibly simple layout is deceiving.


“When you look at Queensland Raceway on a map, it looks like a really basic design, but when you drive around it, you discover it’s actually quite a challenge to get right,” Mineeff said.


“The first two corners are high-speed, while Turns 3 and 6 are much slower and have big braking zones. Because the straights are so long, all the cars end up very close together and there’s lots of overtaking.


“Being fast in the races won’t be good enough to win; you’re really going to have to use your brain, and think about how to position the car to ensure you have a chance of passing the driver in front without losing places to drivers behind.”


Mineeff is seventh in the points after a mixed opening round at Sydney Motorsport Park.


“Our pace was really good at Sydney, but there were a couple of occasions where I ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.


“Since then, I’ve reflected upon each race and thought about how I can improve my positioning of the car in certain situations.


“The Bathurst 6 Hour was really valuable in that regard; being on the track with so many other cars, I had to make a lot of split-second decisions which really sharpened up my spatial awareness.”


This weekend’s round will again feature three races, but due to the unique circuit regulations, they will commence with rolling starts rather than the usual standing starts.


Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:

Purple Sector

Southern Star Truck Centre

Granger Design

Solo-Werks Suspension Systems

Race Stars

Youngsters Make Bathurst History

Their CHE Racing Team had to put in a mammoth effort after an early setback, but Lachlan Mineeff and Tom Sargent have made history by becoming the youngest driver combination to finish a major endurance race at the hallowed turf of Mount Panorama in today’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.
After starting fourth in Class D and 30th outright, Sargent was maintaining a steady pace in the race’s early stages before the Toyota 86 ground to a halt with engine failure at the top of the Mountain.
However, through a determined effort from the team, a spare engine was installed, enabling Mineeff and Sargent to resume competition, and take the chequered flag in 30th position outright and fifth in Class D.
“When the car started smoking as I headed up the hill, my heart sank, and when I saw a pool of oil underneath the car, I thought our day was over,” Sargent said.
“Once our car was retrieved to pit lane, the team put in an unbelievable job, and were able to get us back onto the track with a spare engine.
“While we would have liked to fight for a class podium, we accomplished our goal of finishing the race. Lachlan and I have both fallen in love with this place, and we can’t wait to be back!”
“To say it was an eventful day would be an understatement, it’s certainly not what we had in mind before the weekend,” Mineeff added.
“I’m really proud of the team though, to complete an engine change so quickly was outstanding. Typically, a problem like that would end the day completely, but the crew never gave up, and they’ve been rewarded with a special place in the Bathurst record books.”
With their Bathurst 6 Hour exploits complete, Sargent and Mineeff now turn their attention to Round 2 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Queensland Raceway in a fortnight.

Nervous Excitement for Junior Bathurst Duo

The youngest drivers on the Bathurst 6 Hour grid, Lachlan Mineeff and Tom Sargent have described the last day before the big race as one of nervous excitement.
Sargent completed most of the running in this morning’s final practice session, before Mineeff took control of the Toyota 86 for qualifying, placing fourth in Class D.
“It’s like the night before Christmas, I probably won’t sleep that well because I’ll be so excited about tomorrow!” Sargent said.
“After the red flags yesterday, it was good to get some clean running today, and by the end of the session I had good speed and consistency.”
“Most of the other drivers in Class D have a lot of experience at Bathurst, so we’re very happy with fourth on the grid – it sets us up well for a good race tomorrow,” Mineeff said.
“There will be a lot to think about in the race, especially with the added elements of pit stops and driver changes, and there are some very specific rules with minimum and maximum driver times.
“Cameron Hill is going to be looking after our strategy, and hopefully we can pit at the right times to take advantage of Safety Cars and other variables.”
The 6 Hour commences at 11:30 tomorrow morning, with live coverage on Fox Sports and Kayo Sports.

Mind-Blowing Mountain Laps

CHE Racing Toyota 86 drivers Lachlan Mineeff and Tom Sargent have been left speechless after their first laps around Mount Panorama, in practice for the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour today.
The duo completed a pair of 70-minute practice sessions, and ended up third-fastest in Class D, improving their lap times by three seconds from the first session to the second.
Mineeff struggled to find the words to describe the feeling of driving around the iconic circuit.
“It’s just crazy, absolutely insane,” he said.
“Everyone talks about what an amazing racetrack it is, and it certainly lives up to the hype.”
While both drivers were able to complete laps in the 86, some red-flag interruptions severely limited Sargent’s running.
“I got some good seat time, but Tom was really unlucky with the red flags,” Mineeff said.
“The laps I did were good, it’s just a shame I didn’t do more of them,” Sargent added.
“Especially on the straights, where you feel the car getting light over the humps, it’s a different feeling to anything I’ve ever experienced.
“Lachlan did a great job, his times were really consistent and he kept improving – the plan will be for me to do most of tomorrow’s third practice session so I can dial myself in properly.”
The third and final practice session takes place at 8:20 tomorrow morning, followed by qualifying at 2:35 in the afternoon.

Formula Ford Stars Ready for B6HR Assault

Tom Sargent and Lachlan Mineeff fully prepared for Mountain debut


Young guns Tom Sargent and Lachlan Mineeff have completed their final preparations ahead of this weekend’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, and are ready for their maiden outing at the Holy Grail of Australian motorsport in the CHE Racing Toyota 86.


At 16 and 17 respectively, Mineeff and Sargent will be the youngest driver combination on the grid in this year’s race. Both drivers carry strong form into the race meeting; Sargent won the first round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park a fortnight ago, while Mineeff also ran inside the top five. However, they acknowledge this weekend will be a completely different challenge.


“I’m super excited for the weekend, it feels a bit surreal to be racing at such a famous racetrack,” Sargent said.


“I drove my road car to Bathurst on the weekend, and cut a few laps.


“Coming down the hill through the Esses, I was driving well below the speed limit and it still felt like I was going really fast, so I can only imagine what it’s going to be like at race speed!”


Both drivers have also been doing simulator work and fitness training in preparation for the longest race of their careers.


“In Formula Ford, the races are very intense, because the cars are so close in speed, but they’re also quite short – only 15 or 20 minutes,” Mineeff said.


“This weekend, we’re going to be doing stints up to 90 minutes, and we’ll have to deal with other factors like passing slower cars and being passed by faster cars.


“I’ve been doing a lot of simulation work at Race Stars in Bowral – the track has been laser-scanned so it’s very realistic, and I’ve been doing some extended sessions to simulate long stints.”


Sargent said fitness training has also been a major focus.


“I’ve been going to the gym, and doing lots of constant workouts with no breaks in between,” he said.


“I want to ensure I’m in peak physical condition, and not at risk of suffering fatigue in the car, which would affect my performance.”


In addition to Purple Sector, Southern Star Trucks and Tegra Australia, Mineeff and Sargent have also welcomed National Capital Toyota and Solo-Werks Suspension Kits as supporters for their Bathurst 6 Hour campaign.


“Solo-Werks is proud to support Lachlan, and be a part of his team at Bathurst. Partnering with Lachlan is a great fit for us and our suspension kits. We love the 86 chassis, and Lachlan is a down-to-earth, genuine racer who loves the sport,” a statement from Solo-Werks said.


Practice for the Bathurst 6 Hour commences on Friday.


Bathurst 6 Hour schedule

Friday, 19 April

8:20 – Practice 1 (70 min)

13:35 – Practice 2 (70 min)


Saturday, 20 April

8:20 – Practice 3 (70 min)

14:35 – Slower 50% qualifying (30 min)

15:10 – Faster 50% qualifying (30 min)


Sunday, 21 April

11:30 – Bathurst 6 Hour (6 hours)

Mixed Weekend For Mineeff

Up and down results for Southern Highlands star in Formula Ford opener

Lachlan Mineeff says he is focusing on the positive aspects of the first round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend, after recording a mixture of results.

Mineeff qualified his Purple Sector Mygale in fifth position, and was battling amongst the lead pack before contact with another car saw him falling to ninth. To rub salt into the wound, Mineeff was handed a post-race time penalty for the incident, relegating him to 13th.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Race 2 was shortened from the original nine-lap distance to just five laps; despite the reduction in length, Mineeff was able to work his way up to eighth position, setting lap times comparable with the race leaders.

Mineeff made further improvements in Race 3, progressing to fifth position.

The Southern Highlands driver said he can take comfort from his pace over the weekend.

“The weekend started really well – practice on Friday was held in mostly wet conditions, but we were still able to find a balanced setup for qualifying in the dry on Saturday morning and the car was fast,” Mineeff said.

“To be honest, the race results were not what I hoped for after qualifying fifth, and I’ll put that down to my own mistake in Race 1.

“Because Formula Ford is such a competitive category, it can be difficult to recover if you have a setback early in the weekend, so I’m pleased that I was able to race back into the top five by the end of the weekend.

“The CHE Racing Team have set up some fast cars this year, and I was really happy for my team-mate Tom Sargent, who won the round.

“There are some things for me to work on before our next event, and I’m ready to keep learning and improving.”

Mineeff’s focus now turns to the Bathurst 6 Hour on the Easter Long Weekend, where he will share a Toyota 86 production car with Sargent.

“The 6 Hour will be a very different style of event to the short Formula Ford sprint races, and I’m really looking forward to switching into endurance mode,” Mineeff said.

Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:
Purple Sector
Southern Star Truck Centre
Granger Design
PXLSRS
Race Stars

Round Results Summary
Qualifying: 5th
Race 1: 13th
Race 2: 8th
Race 3: 5th
Overall: 7th

Top 10 Points – After Round 1
1. Tom Sargent – 53
2. Callum Hedge – 48
3. Zac Soutar – 39
4. Angelo Mouzouris – 35
5. Jay Hanson – 32
6. Courtney Prince – 32
7. Lachlan Mineeff – 24
8. Jake Donaldson – 23
9. Cody Burcher – 21
10. Harrison Goodman – 18

Lighting Up 2019 With Purple Sectors

Lachlan Mineeff launches bold new livery for second national Formula Ford season


Lachlan Mineeff has unveiled a striking new paint scheme on his race car ahead of this weekend’s opening round of the 2019 Australian Formula Ford Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.


Mineeff’s CHE Racing Formula Ford will be sponsored by soon-to-be released website Purple Sector, branded in reference to the colour displayed on a timing computer when a driver records the fastest time for a sector on a racing circuit.


The website is set to be a hub for people looking to become involved or already involved in motorsport. It will have details on race cars and equipment for sale, upcoming events and more.


The 16-year-old Oxley College student hopes the new sponsor will be a good omen for his on-track performances.


“All motorsport fans know purple means fast, and I hope to be setting plenty of purple sector times throughout the season!” Mineeff said.

"A huge thanks goes to Granger Design and PXLSRS for their help coming up with this wicked livery, it will sure stand out on track!"


Mineeff tested his Formula Ford at Wakefield Park last week, and said he is enthusiastic but not over-confident about the upcoming season.


“The test day went well, we spent the day fine-tuning aspects of my driving technique along with the car setup,” Mineeff said.


“Last year, I recorded consistent top-10 finishes but this season, my aim needs to be regular podium finishes and challenging for race wins.


“Some of the top runners from last year’s series have moved on, but there are also some new drivers coming into the category, who have done very well in go-karts. I’m expecting the standard of competition to be just as high as last year.”


The Sydney Motorsport Park Formula Ford round will consist of qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, followed by Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.


Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:

Purple Sector

Southern Star Truck Centre

Granger Design

PXLSRS

Race Stars

Young Guns Aim for Bathurst History

Two of the brightest young talents in Australian motorsport will aim to create history at this year’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.

Lachlan Mineeff, 16 and Tom Sargent, 17, will endeavour to become the youngest driver combination to finish an endurance race at the Mount Panorama circuit, when they team up for the 6 Hour in a CHE Racing-prepared Toyota 86.

Mineeff and Sargent are best-known for their exploits in the Australian Formula Ford Championship, where they are team-mates at CHE Racing. Mineeff finished fifth in his rookie season last year, while Sargent finished second at the Tailem Bend round, and eighth in the series despite missing the first two rounds.

While both drivers will again contest the national Formula Ford series in 2019, they are hoping the endurance event will give them valuable experience in long-distance racing as well as an opportunity to race around the world-renowned circuit.

“All of the Formula Ford races are quite short – this is a chance for us to spend a longer period of time behind the wheel, and drive around one of the coolest tracks in the world,” Mineeff said.

“Lachlan and I have already spent a year working together in Formula Ford, and it will be fun to team up in the same car,” Sargent added.

“Apart from the 86 obviously having an enclosed cabin, there are major differences in driving technique between the two cars especially with ABS brakes in the 86.”

Another challenge for the youngsters will be dealing with traffic, something Mineeff says will be critical.

“In Formula Ford, all the cars are travelling at roughly the same speed, but with all the different classes in the 6 Hour, there will be big differences in lap times,” he said.

“The Toyota 86 is mid-field pace-wise, which means we’ll have to be aware of negotiating slower cars while also keeping out of the way of faster cars. It will make it a real challenge, especially at a track like Mount Panorama where there are blind corners.”

One thing in Mineeff and Sargent’s favour is the team’s pedigree; the CHE Racing outfit has vast experience with Toyota 86s, Cameron Hill holding the record for most race wins in the Toyota 86 one-make series. Hill will manage the team at Bathurst.

“With Cameron managing the team and his dad Colin engineering the car, we have the right people in our corner,” Sargent said.

“Between the two of them, they know how to make an 86 go fast around Bathurst so we’ll be tapping into their knowledge.”

In preparation for the 6 Hour, Mineeff and Sargent are both completing test miles in the 86, while ramping up their commercial activities.

“As always, there are opportunities for commercial partners to come on board, and great value to be gained for a business to be supporting two young drivers at such a major event, especially with seven hours of coverage live on FOX Sports,” Mineeff said.

The Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will be held on the Easter Long Weekend, 19-21 April.

  

Mineeff Confirms National Formula Ford Return

Lachlan Mineeff has confirmed he will line up for a second year in the Australian Formula Ford Championship, as he continues his pursuit of a professional motorsport career.

The 16-year-old impressed in his rookie season in 2018, stringing together consistent results in all seven rounds of the championship, and finishing fifth in the final standings.

The Oxley College student says the benefit of knowledge gained will stand him in good stead for his second attempt at the acclaimed junior development category.

“We had some good results last year, but it was very much a learning experience – most of the circuits, I had never been to before,” Mineeff said.

“The tracks on the 2019 calendar are exactly the same as last year, which means we can work on the finer aspects of car setup and my driving technique without having to learn new layouts.”

Last year, Formula Ford cemented its reputation as a breeding ground for young talent, with three of the top four finishers in the championship graduating to higher-level categories. Mineeff said it highlights the quality of drivers in the series.

“Last year, the standard of competition in Formula Ford was very high and you definitely get noticed if you achieve good results,” Mineeff said.

“While some of the best drivers from last season have moved on, there are new drivers coming in, some of who did very well in karting.

“I’m expecting it to be another competitive season, but the aim is definitely to improve on my 2018 results; I hope to be finishing regularly on the podium, contending for race wins and challenging for a top-three result in the championship.”

Mineeff will again race alongside Tom Sargent in a two-car CHE Racing outfit, overseen by 2015 Australian Formula Ford Champion and current Porsche Carrera Cup racer Cameron Hill.

“It’s a very comfortable environment – Tom and I work well together, and having someone with Cameron’s experience to help us with driving and data analysis is really valuable,” Mineeff said.

“It’s been a long off-season, so I can’t wait to be back behind the wheel for the first round in April.”


2019 Australian Formula Ford Championship Calendar

Round 1. Sydney Motorsport Park, 5-7 April

Round 2. Queensland Raceway, 4-5 May

Round 3. Winton Raceway, 25-26 May

Round 4. Tailem Bend, 22-23 June

Round 5. Sandown, 20-21 July

Round 6. Wakefield Park, 7-8 September

Round 7. Phillip Island, 28-29 September

Southern Highlands Racer Recognised at Australia Day Awards

Oxley College year 11 student and Australian Formula Ford Championship competitor, Lachlan Mineeff was recognised for his on and off-track achievements at the Southern Highlands Australia Day awards on Saturday.
Mineeff was one of five nominees for the Southern Highlands Young Citizen of the Year Award, an acknowledgement of his accomplishments over the last 12 months.
Behind the wheel of his race car, Mineeff achieved an impressive result of fifth overall in his rookie Australian Formula Ford Championship campaign. But while the 16-year-old proved to be a focused and determined competitor on the track, it was his off-track community work that earned him the Australia Day accolade.
Mineeff has recently become an ambassador for ReFrame, a youth mental health service that provides support for young people and their families.
The organisation assists individuals and communities, providing them with services that can sometimes be difficult to access in regional areas such as the Southern Highlands.
According to ReFrame co-ordinator Martin Lumetzberger, Mineeff’s achievements as an athlete make him an ideal ambassador and a role model for other young individuals.
“Lachlan’s achievements demonstrate that young people with big dreams can achieve anything, and he is a fine role model for everything we represent,” Lumetzberger said.
“Lachlan is a model for strength, empathy and ultimately leadership within the local peer population making him a beacon for others; his profile as a racing driver also allows him and his team to offer unique experiences, such as attending race events – these are ideal motivational exercises.
“With the rise of regional youth mental health issues, it is timely Lachlan and his team are providing support to their community – their generosity will have widespread benefits.”
Mineeff is delighted to be an ambassador for ReFrame.
“I’m passionate about people my age having the inspiration and motivation to chase their dreams; racing a car is a huge privilege, so to be representing an organisation like ReFrame and being recognised in the Australia Day awards is very humbling.
“It’s satisfying to be able to give something back to the community, and I look forward to spending time with other young Highlands people through my association with ReFrame.”
Mineeff and his team will announce their 2019 racing plans shortly.

Mineeff Finishes Rookie FFord Season in Top Five

Lachlan Mineeff has secured a top-five result in his rookie Australian Formula Ford Championship season, producing another consistent performance in the final round at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend.

The 15-year-old qualified seventh, and made steady progress in the three races with finishes of seventh, sixth and fifth to bank another valuable haul of points.

“We kept improving over the course of the weekend, and steadily moved forward,” Mineeff said.

“Our race pace was decent and I had some good battles, especially with Zac Soutar in the final where we had a close drag race to the finish line.”

The Southern Highlands racer ended up fifth in the final championship standings; he finished 18 of the 21 races inside the top 10, had a best race result of fourth (which he achieved on three occasions) and finished no lower than 11th in any race over the course of the season.

Mineeff said that consistency was definitely one of his strengths throughout the year.

“Because it was my first season, it was important for me to get as much track time as possible, so one of our main objectives was to avoid getting caught up in incidents.

“We finished every single race, and there were very few races where we had any contact with other cars, so that was an important box to tick.

“We gradually improved during the season and our championship progression demonstrates the gains we made – at the start of the year, we were hovering around the lower end of the top 10, but by the end of the year we made it into the top five.”

Mineeff paid credit to his team and supporters for the season result.

“Racing for the CHE Racing Team has been a great environment for me to learn and develop as a driver, so a big thank you must go to Cameron and Colin Hill, and Shaun Tidyman for their hard work throughout the year.

“We’ve also had a passionate group of sponsors who have contributed to our campaign this season, and their support has been greatly appreciated.”

Lachlan Mineeff and his team will be making more announcements shortly, regarding 2019 racing plans.


Round Results Summary

Qualifying: 7th

Race 1: 7th

Race 2: 6th

Race 3: 5th

Overall: 7th


Top 10 Points – After Round 7

  1. Hunter McElrea – 321

  2. Hamish Ribarits – 306

  3. Zac Soutar – 239

  4. Nathan Herne – 236

  5. Lachlan Mineeff – 172

  6. Angelo Mouzouris – 159

  7. Liam McLellan – 158

  8. Tom Sargent – 138

  9. Bart Horsten – 128

  10. Cody Donald – 116


Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:

Southern Star Truck Centre

UsedTrucks.Sydney

Acceleration Helmet Parts

Race Stars Simulators + Slot Cars Bowral

Zego Building Systems

Midcoast Trucks

Lou’s Smash Repairs

Pitman Truck Sales

Global Equipment Finance

Bowdens Own

Thermo King Rail

National Truck Wholesalers

Mineeff Challenges for Top Five

Lachlan Mineeff’s sights are set on securing a top-five result in his rookie Australian Formula Ford Championship season, which concludes with the seventh and final round at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.

By virtue of his consistent performances throughout the year, Mineeff is currently sixth in the standings, 14 points behind the fifth-placed driver. The western Sydney circuit is one where Mineeff has plenty of knowledge, having completed many laps at the venue in both testing and racing.

“I’ve had to learn a lot of new tracks this year, so it’s nice to finish at a track that I already know,” Mineeff said.

“Last year, I raced at Sydney Motorsport Park a few times when I was competing in the NSW State Championship, and one of those rounds was combined with the national series where I managed to qualify third outright, so it’s been a happy hunting ground for me.

“I really enjoy the track – it has a good mixture of high-speed corners and some slower technical sections. There are plenty of overtaking opportunities, so the racing should be entertaining.”

This weekend’s Formula Ford races will be held as part of the Australian Motor Racing Series race meeting. As well as live online streaming of Sunday’s action, the program also includes the Stadium SUPER Trucks, which are expected to attract a healthy audience to the venue.

“The trucks will be a big drawcard, so hopefully there’s a good crowd and we can put on a show for them in the Formula Ford races.

“We’ve been lucky enough to race at some high-profile events this season, and this will be a great way to finish off the year,” Mineeff concluded.


Australian Formula Ford – Round 7 Schedule

Saturday, 27 October

9:50am – Qualifying (20 min)

2:35pm – Race 1 (10 laps)


Sunday, 28 October

11:30am – Race 2 (10 laps)

3:15pm – Race 3 (10 laps)


Where to Watch

Sunday’s races will be live streamed via the Australian Motor Racing Series Facebook page and Blend Line TV YouTube Channel.


Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:

Southern Star Truck Centre

UsedTrucks.Sydney

Acceleration Helmet Parts

Race Stars Simulators + Slot Cars Bowral

Zego Building Systems

Midcoast Trucks

Lou’s Smash Repairs

Pitman Truck Sales

Global Equipment Finance

Bowdens Own

Thermo King Rail

National Truck Wholesalers

Consistent Mineeff Cements Top Six Position

Lachlan Mineeff has consolidated his top-six position in the Australian Formula Ford Championship with another consistent performance in the penultimate round of the series at Phillip Island on the weekend.

In his first visit to the high-speed circuit, Mineeff qualified eighth and maintained his position in Race 1. He took advantage of some incidents in Race 2 to move up to fourth, and while an incident early in Race 3 saw him fall down the order, he salvaged a 13th place finish to secure seventh overall.

“Before the weekend, everyone was telling me how good Phillip Island was, and after driving it for the first time, I was able to understand why,” Mineeff said.

“In Friday practice, it was wet in the morning but it dried out in the afternoon, and I was able to learn the track.

“Our qualifying speed was good – I got held up by another car on my best lap, so eighth wasn’t a true reflection of our position in the field.

“Most of the first race was behind the Safety Car, so there weren’t many opportunities to make up positions.

“In Race 2 I had a near-miss – heading over Lukey Heights, I sustained some slight contact in my rear wheel from Hunter McElrea, who then speared back across the track and collected the car in front of me – I was very lucky not to be caught up in the incident.

“Heading into Race 3 and starting on the second row of the grid, I was confident of a strong showing. Unfortunately, I had a minor incident on the first lap, which cost me some time and places.

“I fell down to 19th position but I put my head down and concentrated on recovering as many positions as possible. We salvaged some points and ended up coming away with a good overall result.”

With one round remaining, Mineeff has closed to within 16 points of the series top five.

“The last round is at Sydney Motorsport Park, a track where I’ve done plenty of laps,” Mineeff said.

“Our goal for my rookie season was to finish in the top 10; top five would be well above our expectations.”


Round Results Summary

Qualifying: 8th

Race 1: 8th

Race 2: 4th

Race 3: 13th

Overall: 7th


Top 10 Points – After Round 6

  1. Hunter McElrea – 278

  2. Hamish Ribarits – 267

  3. Zac Soutar – 209

  4. Nathan Herne – 186

  5. Liam McLellan – 158

  6. Lachlan Mineeff – 142

  7. Angelo Mouzouris – 127

  8. Cody Donald – 116

  9. Cameron Shields – 108

  10. Bart Horsten – 101


Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:

Southern Star Truck Centre

UsedTrucks.Sydney

Acceleration Helmet Parts

Race Stars Simulators+ Slot Cars Bowral

Zego Building Systems

Midcoast Trucks

Lous Smash Repairs

Pitman Truck Sales

Global Equipment Finance

Bowdens Own

Thermo King Rail

National Truck Wholesalers

Right in the Tow

Slipstreaming and race-craft will be the key to success in this weekend’s sixth round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Phillip Island, according to Lachlan Mineeff.

Like several other circuits on this year’s calendar, Phillip Island will be a new venue for the 15-year-old Southern Highlands racer, who has been studying footage and accumulating seat time on a simulator in preparation for the weekend.

“I’ve enjoyed racing at some new tracks this season – Queensland Raceway, Sandown and Tailem Bend – and I’m really looking forward to Phillip Island,” Mineeff said.

“From everything I’ve been told by other drivers, and all the simulator work I’ve done and footage I’ve studied, it’s definitely a driver’s track.

“There are lots of high-speed corners, which require commitment and bravery.

“Because it is such a fast track, there’s a real advantage to be gained by slipstreaming – getting a tow from the car in front.

“In qualifying, it’s important to be running with other cars to get a tow and a good lap time, and in the races I’m expecting all the cars to be running in packs, with lots of changes in position.

“It’s almost a case of not wanting to be in the lead coming out of the last corner, because the cars behind will slipstream their way past you before the start-finish line – we’ve seen this happening at plenty of Phillip Island Formula Ford races over the years.”

Mineeff is currently sixth in the national Formula Ford standings, following his consistent performances in the opening five rounds.

“Our goal this year, for our first full year racing at a national level, was top 10 in the championship, so we’re achieving that objective,” Mineeff said.

“It’s definitely a competitive field, but we’ve been constantly learning and improving… hopefully we can fight for podium results this weekend.”

The weekend’s action will consist of qualifying and one race on Saturday, followed by two more races on Sunday.


Lachlan Mineeff is proudly sponsored by:

Southern Star Truck Centre

UsedTrucks.Sydney

Acceleration Helmet Parts

Race Stars Simulators + Slot Cars Bowral

Zego Building Systems

Midcoast Trucks

Lous Smash Repairs

Pitman Truck Sales

Global Equipment Finance

Bowdens Own

Thermo King Rail

National Truck Wholesalers

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