The COVID-19 pandemic wrecked havoc on the world of motorsports earlier in the year, but several racing associations have managed to press on, albeit without fans present. However, it looks like the 2020 Australian Formula Ford Championship will not be joining them, as the Formula Ford Association has announced that it is officially cancelling the event.
The association noted that it has spent the last several months trying to put together a schedule of National Race meetings, but current government restrictions, including border closures around the country, have made it impossible to move forward.
This will mark the first year since its inception in 1970 that the Australian Formula Ford Championship season has not taken place. Regardless, organizers are already looking forward to next year. It is already hard at work on a competitive, affordable, and diverse National Championship for the 2021 season, and plans to announce some dates and tracks over the upcoming months.
Australian Formula Ford has developed a reputation for producing future champions in other categories, with many V8 Supercar drivers and Australian international open-wheeler drivers having participated in the series before moving on to bigger and better things.
While the National Championship has been cancelled, a variety of Formula Ford Association state-based events continue to take place, where allowed. New South Wales and Victoria are currently unable to hold events due to restrictions.
In a statement, the Formula Ford Association thanked competitors, organizers, and car clubs for their ongoing support through these unprecedented times.
“We thank all of the car clubs and organizing committees in each state for supporting Formula Ford and allowing us to race, and we also thank many of our national competitors who have opted for state championships this year to stay fit for 2021,” the association said.