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September / October 2019 Newsletter

Hi Michelle

What an eventful round Round 5 at Phillip Island was! We crowned a new CAMS Victorian Formula Vee State Champion and saw what was probably our closed race finish of the season so far between Nicholas Jones and Davin Field.

Once again, this edition of the FVAV newsletter is huge:

  • Phillip Island - FVAV Club Championship Round 5
  • The 2019 FVAV Club Championship Point Score
  • The 2019 CAMS Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship Point Score
  • 2019 CAMS Victorian Formula Vee State Champion crowned
  • Vic State Racer
  • Reef and Ken take QR!
  • 2019 FVAV Club Championship Round 6 - Island Magic
  • FVAV Club Championship Round 5 | Post-Event Video
  • Presentation Dinner & AGM
  • Other Club News
Round 5 Wrap-up
Sandown - FVAV Club Championship Round 5
Race 1

Race 1, a shortened 5 lap race. saw a six-way fight between Jake Rowe, Heath Collinson, Adam Slattery Jnr, Davin Field and Nicholas Jones.

Nicholas Kerr, while apart of the first battle group, had a scary off at Turn 9 and dropped down the field.

The last lap saw a four-wide duel over the Start/Finish Line with Heath Collinson out on the grass, taking the win.

Race 2

Race 2, saw young gun Slattery lead into Turn 1. A five-way battle group ensued of Slattery, Rowe, Collinson, Field and Jones all battled for first.

Coming into Turn 10, the top 5 after battling for P2 and P3 all race, saw Jones and Slattery one-up race leader Collinson; and take P1 and P2. 

Rowe, finishing in fourth, was able to bag the 2019 CAMS Victorian Formula Vee State Championship with one race to spare.

Race 3

Race 3 saw Rowe take the lead to Turn 1 and the laps following, however by Lap 4; Slattery has one-uped Rowe, with Rowe down on power and dropping a number of positions.

Kerr and Slattery spun on oil at Turn 3, which gave Jones a gap to second, however, Field and Collinson worked together to close that gap.

After catching Jones; Field crossed over the Start/Finish Line side by wide with Jones. Jones won by just 0.0101s.

Images courtesy of Revved Photography

The 2019 FVAV Point Score after FVAV Club Championship after Round 5

The 2019 CAMS Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship Point Score after Round 5

Image courtesy of Rochelle Holland

2019 CAMS Victorian Formula Vee State Champion crowned

A very big congratulations to Jake Rowe, the 2019 CAMS Victorian Formula Vee State Champion.

With 3 wins, 2 poles and 11 podiums for the year, Jake pooled a total of 437 points of the 500 points on offer for the year.

Jake is also currently leading the 2019 FVAV Club Championship with 362 points, a 35 point lead to Heath Collinson. With this being said Jake had elected to sit out the final round at Island Magic to attend a wedding.

From the FVAV, congratulations Jake. Your win this year is well deserved! 🏆

Images courtesy of Revved Photography

Vic State Racer

The latest edition of the Vic State Racer is out now and available via download.
For the Formula Vee article "And the winner is...'", head across to the Vic State Racer.

This edition also sees an interview with Jake Rowe, "the front Rowe", following his maiden State Championship win.

Vic State Racer is the exclusive magazine covering the VSCRC, published by CinchMedia. The latest Vic State Racer is always available at

Reef and Ken take QR!

The 2019 Formula Vee National Challenge was held at Queensland Raceways on Saturday 14th and 15th September 2019. 

FVAV members Reef McCarthy and Ken Filbey; the latter of which is a Queensland local; carried the Victorian flag and competed against Formula Vee competitors from all over the country.

Reef qualified 11th and Ken 16th. Through the heat races, both Reef and Ken moved up the grid to start the final heat race in 11th and 12th. In the final, Reef finished up 7th and Ken 10th.

Well done guys, we hope you had a fantastic weekend! 

Image courtesy of Revved Photography

2019 FVAV Club Championship Round 6 - Island Magic

Round 6 also known as Island Magic, organised by the Phillip Island Auto Racing Club (PIARC)  will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on  Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November with Private Practice available on Friday 22nd November. 

This round is the finale of the 2019 FVAV Club Championship with the 2019 FVAV Club Champion crowned.

Geoff Bull is the Secretary of the Meeting for this event, if you have any questions please do not hesitate in getting in touch with him on 0409 803 363

Entries for this event can be completed via CAMS Event Entry.

Please note that Garages cannot be hired via Event Entry, you will need to complete the Garage Hire Form.

Friday Practice Entry Forms are available from the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Entries close on Thursday 7th November 2019.

Entries as at 29th October 2019.
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Post-Event Video

Editing of the FVAV Club Championship Round 5 post-event video is underway.

Some members will receive a separate email requesting in-car footage; please note if receive that email and haven't already provided the footage, we would like to include you in the video as the Commentators highlighted you!

The video will be released on Facebook on Monday 18th November at 9 am.

Presentation Dinner & AGM

Let's come together to celebrate 2019 the year that was, our champions and award winners! It's looking to be a fantastic night!

Date: Saturday, 7th December 2019

Venue: Ringwood RSL 16 Station Street, Ringwood VIC 3134

Time: 5pm sharp


  • Adults inc. 3 course meal $60
  • Children inc. main, dessert and soft drink $12
  • Children, no meal Free
  • Drinks will be available at bar prices.


  • Presentation of the 2019 Awards
  • Presentation of Round Trophies
  • Child-friendly evening

Notice of AGM

2020 Committee:

To nominate for the 2020 Committee, please complete the 2020 Nomination for Committee Form and return to the Secretary by 6pm Sunday 1st December 2019.

Appointment of a Proxy:

If you are not attending the AGM and would like to vote on any matters arising, please complete the Appointment of Proxy Form and return to the Secretary by 6pm Friday 6th December 2019.

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Other Club News
Images courtesy of Revved Photography

Go Francois!

As many of you will know Formula Vee newcomer Francois Habib is always busy at race meetings juggling his ex-Tasman Motorsport V8 Supercar in the Sports Sedans, along with his Formula Vee.

With just one round to go of both the 2019 CAMS Victorian Sports Sedan State Championship and Australian Sports Sedan Association (Vic) 2019 Club Championship, Habib sits in second trailing Dean Camm.

Going into the last round of the 2019 CAMS Victorian Sports Sedan State Championship, Habib trails Camm by just 47 points. With 100 points on offer, it is anyone's game!

At the recent Sports Sedan round at the Sandown Historics, Habib had a number of Formula Vee members down to show their support.

From the FVAV, good luck at Phillip Island Francois! We will all be cheering you on from the Pit Lane!

Image courtesy of Rob Vile

Melbourne Marathon

Many of you will know that I am a keen runner and after getting fit for a trip to Nepal in 2005 I’ve continued to enjoy running regularly for the past 14 years.  Over the last 10 years, I’ve usually managed to run the Melbourne Marathon in October on Bathurst weekend. It’s the full length 42.2 km version that I’m talking about here not any “short” runs like a 10km or Half Marathon! Last year was very warm and windy and I had a bit of a disappointing run on the day after a patchy and interrupted preparation finishing in 3 hrs 34 minutes, nearly 10 minutes outside my PB. This year I decided that something had to change so I increased my mileage a lot more and got serious and more professional in my training. After a good run and a new PB of 3 hrs 13 minutes in the Traralgon Marathon in June I knew I was heading in the right direction and continued to train and build the mileage heading towards my 8th Melbourne Marathon on October 13th. I was aiming for another PB and hopefully to get under 3 hrs 10 minutes for the first time. 

The day dawned nice and clear with hardly any wind so I knew I was in with a chance of a good time. I made my way down to the start line near the Tennis Centre from my Southbank hotel with my wife and two of my daughters (they do support me in some of my endeavours!) at about 6.45 am feeling nervous but determined to have a crack. With approximately 7000 other people the start can be a bit messy and crowded for the first few km's until you can find some clear space and get into a rhythm. The course runs past Fed Square down St Kilda Rd to Fitzroy St and then a reverse lap of the Albert Park GP circuit emerging onto Beach Rd and then up to Station Pier which brings you up to approximately 17km. I was feeling pretty good and relaxed at this stage and my Garmin GPS watch had me ticking just under my goal pace of 4 mins 30 secs per km by a few seconds. After the U-turn at Station Pier, it’s a long haul of about 9km down Beach Rd to another U-turn near Elsternwick Park in Elwood at about 26km. Often the wind can be a problem here as you turn around and run back to St Kilda into a stiff headwind but on this day it was thankfully not an issue. Still feeling pretty comfortable I started to pick up the pace slightly as I came back towards St Kilda. As I was running past Luna Park I heard someone yell out my name from the sidelines and looked over to see Rob Vile’s beaming face on the footpath. I managed a quick high five and he yelled out some more encouraging words which put some pep in my step. He’d got on his mountain bike and come out from his home to see me which was fantastic. I turned up into Fitzroy St and saw my family who gave me a drink and spurred me on even more. By this time I had joined up with a few runners who were on the same pace as me and we encouraged and urged each other on as we headed back up St Kilda Rd weaving in and out of thousands of Half Marathon runners who started later but share some of the course back to the CBD. We were pretty aggressive making sure these slower runners kept left and we got back to the Arts Centre without losing any time. The worst thing about the Melbourne Marathon course is the hill you have to climb up past The Shrine at about 36km. It’s roughly 1 km of incline and has often been the end of many a good runner with nothing left in the tank.  Amongst the little group I was running with we were pumping each other up and urging each other on and we made it to the top at Domain Rd without giving back any time or blowing up. It’s literally all downhill from there and as I started to head for home I heard Rob again from the sidelines. He kept me company for a few minutes as I ran back down to St Kilda Rd and up to Fed Square pumping me up and yelling encouragement from the footpath. I told him I needed a photo for the Vee newsletter so he raced ahead and took some from the side of the road! I turned at Fed Square and headed up Flinders St turning right into Brunton Ave where I saw my family again and gave them a big fist pump as I was still going strong and under goal pace. As I approached the MCG I ran under a pedestrian footbridge that comes from the Tennis Centre and sure enough, I hear Rob Vile’s voice again, booming out from above as I pass underneath! Another fist pump, wave and a grimaced smile and I turned left off the road, under the Southern Stand and onto the grass of the MCG with only a few hundred metres left to run. I had a quick look at my watch and saw it was 3:07 and about 30 seconds. I thought 3:07 sounded a lot better than 3:08 so I ran as hard as I could to the line, finishing in 3:07:55. A five minute PB, 490th out of 7031 finishers, 21st out of 460 men aged 50-54. A perfect day out for me that went better than planned. 

What’s next?  After my run at Traralgon, I qualified for the Boston Marathon (only runners under specified times can enter) so I went through the entry process in September and managed to get a confirmed entry. The Boston Marathon is in April so it looks like I’ll be travelling to the USA for a month or so next year. 

How often do I train?  I usually run 7 days a week. On Wednesday’s I do a harder workout eg 8x1km hard effort with 2 mins jog in between or 12km hard, both with a warm up and cool down jog. Sunday is long run day so I get out for 30 to 40km on a rail trail and often incorporate some blocks of 5km or more at marathon pace in the run. The other 5 days I normally run easy for an hour (12km) from home around the hills and dirt roads of Korumburra.  My weekly mileage for most of this year has been around 100km per week ramping up to about 115km per week in the months before Melbourne.

How fast is a marathon run in 3:07:55? If you have a treadmill set it to about 13.6 km/hour and hang on for three hours or so. If you have access to an athletics track do a 400m lap in 1min 45 secs and keep going for another 104 laps. If you’ve done your local 5km Parkrun try doing it in just over 22 minutes and then running it another 7.5 times. Let me know how you get on!  

Davin Field #27

Amigo earns his keep

Resident megastar, Amigo the Border Collie; for those that don't know is FVAV Treasurer Brett Burden's dog.

Amigo is very skilled; whether it's riding a skateboard, or climbing a tree, Amigo is an overachiever.

Having previously been in a Medibank TV ad, Amigo is set to make another media appearance soon after recently doing a photoshoot on set!

Keep an eye out; you will be sure to see Amigo's photos in a significant campaign soon.

For all your doggy spam, be sure to follow Amigo on Instagram.

If anyone would like to donate prizes of sponsor Presentation Night, please send me a reply email. We would like to do something similar to last year, it could be a bottle of wine, voucher or product from your business. You will receive acknowledgement for your support at the event. 

If you have any special news for the next newsletter, please email it through to

See you all at Round 6!
Any questions, please do not hesitate in calling or emailing me.

Kind Regards,

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