Formula Junior World Series

This page provides information on the diamond anniversary world race tour for Formula Juniors.

Formula Junior (1958-63), was the entry formula for potential Formula 1 drivers of those times.  In 2018 the formula is celebrating 60 years since its beginning.

A World tour (Sth Africa, Aust, NZ, Canada, US, Europe, Pacific) is occurring over 2016-18, and Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway is part of this tour in October this year.

Mike will be competing in as many of the series races as he can, and will be publishing information and photos on the world tour, as he travels from race circuit to race circuit, across the globe.

Formula Junior Basic History

Formula Junior was intended to provide an entry level class where drivers could use inexpensive mechanical components from ordinary automobiles. The idea to form the new class came from Count Giovanni “Johnny” Lurani who saw the need of a class for single-seater racing cars where younger drivers could take their first steps.  Although, Italian marques dominated the first year of the formula, they were soon overtaken by constructors from Britain, with Factory backed racing teams.

The rules for the class required the cars to be powered by production-based engines with a volume of 1000 cc with a 360 kg (792 lb) car or 1100 cc with a 400 kg (880 lb) car – in practice the latter was used in almost all successful Formula Junior

Parts like engine block, head and cylinders had to come from a production car; single or twin overhead camshafts, limited slip differentials and modifications to the number of main bearings were all forbidden. The brakes and transmission also had to be production-based. Constructors were allowed to increase the number of gears, but only inside a production gearbox casing. Formula Junior was also the first racing class to require roll cages.

On the engine side, Keith Duckworth of Cosworth Engineering took an interest in Formula Junior and managed to get hold of two of the new engine to be used in the 1959 Ford Anglia. Cosworth became the most used engine in Formula Junior and for many years Formula 1.

Lotus also came into the game with their Lotus 18, a simplified derivative of their Formula One and Formula Two chassis fitted with a 997cc Ford Anglia engine. Later Lotus also raced in Formula Junior with Lotus 20, Lotus 22 and Lotus 27.  Cooper and Lotus, with close links to their Grand Prix teams, soon came to dominate Formula Junior on an international level.   In Australia Lynx produced cars with various engines with great success.

In Sweden Saab produced the Saab Formula Junior, mainly to test new engine designs. In Russia the most used engine came from the Moskvitch. In Canada number of manufacturers built beautiful cars.

Through the formula’s lifetime, though, the number of manufacturers increased. By the end of 1960 there were over 100 manufacturers worldwide, and by the end of 1963 the number had increased to almost 500 – but the vast majority of race wins went to the British constructors of mid-engine cars. Brabham’s first racing car was the mid-engine BT1

Because many cars and engines are still readily available, Formula Junior is now a popular category in historic racing

Some of this information is from Wikipedia,for further info go to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_Junior