Australian Formula Ford series to cease
28 August 2013 – The Australian Formula Ford championship, a series formerly contested by nine-time Grand Prix winner Mark Webber, will cease at the end of its 43rd season this year.
Having lost direct funding from the Ford motor company in 2012, the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) explained in a statement issued on Wednesday that it "cannot justify the time and money" involved in running the category moving forward.
"As much as CAMS would like to see a thriving national Formula Ford competition, this has been and will be difficult to achieve," said Chief Executive Eugene Arocca.
"We agreed to run the category in 2013 when the category manager at the time was not able to continue doing so due to financial pressures – primarily a result of the withdrawal of important funding from the manufacturer. Those pressures have not eased and despite careful management of the category this year by CAMS, we simply cannot justify the time and money it will take to continue doing so beyond 2013."
Arocca went on to explain that state championships, such as the Western Australia variation that Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo has competed in, will continue to run.