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Formula Ford

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mark Rundle, co-owner of U-Drive, has been involved with motor sports since his early teens. He and his team can satisfy the dreams so many people have to test their skills on a race track. With U-Drive you can spend a couple of hours or a whole day driving the real deal at speeds of up to 200km/h.

The day begins with an all-important 30 minute safety briefing, followed by a group instruction session covering things such as basic safety procedures while driving, car operation and the layout of the circuit.

Then it's time to kit up in overalls, helmet, gloves and boots and hit the track. A session is made up of 20 laps of the three kilometre circuit. The laps are broken into four sessions of five laps. After each session, another driver does their five laps. During the first two sessions a lap car is used.

For the first session you drive at road speed and each session gets faster. When the lap car has left the track, drivers can go as fast as they like, reaching up to around 200km/h, the top speed the circuit's length allows.

There is a maximum of four cars on the track at any time and drivers work in small teams of two or three, acting as a sort of pit crew for each other. They work to ensure the driver gets in and out of the car and pit lane as quickly as possible.

Over 70 percent of V8 Supercar drivers raced in Formula Ford category in their early careers, including Formula One driver Mark Webber.

A Formula Ford is an open wheeled racing car, complying with stringent rules designed to reduce costs for newcomers to the sport. It allows every driver to compete on their own merits.

Each Formula Ford is constructed from a light-weight tubular space frame designed to maintain the highest levels of safety. Aerodynamic modifications, such as wings and spoilers, are prohibited.

They are tuned to develop over 125 horsepower and can reach speeds in excess of 250km/h.


U-Drive Formula Ford Drive Packages are $199 per person for five laps of the circuit, $349 for 10 laps and $495 for 20 laps. You need a manual driver's licence to qualify.

Virgin Blue has flights to Adelaide.

One way fare from;
  • Melbourne, $95
  • Sydney & Brisbane, $129
  • Perth, $199
  • Darwin, $255

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at July 12, 2007, and are subject to change.

Prices quoted correct at 12.07.2007


The Adelaide International Raceway.

For further information

U-Drive SA
Adelaide International Raceway
Ph: (08) 8280 6144

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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