Independent Race Series

Formula Tasman


Formula Tasman is for wings and slicks, open wheeled, single-seater racing cars.

It is named in recognition of the Tasman Series that saw the greats of Formula One come and race the local heroes in Australia and New Zealand during the 1960s and 1970s. Overseas drivers included Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Denny Hulme, Phil Hill, Jochen Rindt, James Hunt, Piers Courage, Pedro Rodriguez and Derek Bell. Whilst the Aussie and Kiwi ranks included Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, Frank Matich, Frank Gardner, Lex Davison, Leo Geoghegan, Bob Stillwell, Bob Jane, Kevin Bartlett, Frank Radisich, Alfredo Costano and Graham McRae.

The category is spilt into two classes - "Thunder" and "Lightning".

"Thunder" is for large single-seaters over 2L - Formula 1, IndyCars, F5000, F4000 and F3000.

Formula Tasman

"Lightning" is for the more agile cars at 2L or below - Formula 3, Formula Atlantic, Formula 2, Australian Formula 2, Formula 1000, Formula R, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula SuperVee.

Formula Tasman Lightning


Following are marques represented in Australia that are eligible for the "Thunder" categories:

Formula 1
Arrows, Beatrice-Lola, Benetton, Brabham, March, McLaren, Ferrari, Spirit-Honda, Surtees and Williams.

Dallara, Gurney, March, McLaren, Lola, Penske and Sabre.

Formula 5000
Begg, Chevron, Elfin, March, Matich, McLaren, McRae, Mildren, Lola and Talon.

Formula 4000
Cheetah, Dome, Elfin, Herko, Liston, Lola, March, RALT, Reynard, Shrike and Spa.

Formula 3000

Following are marques represented in Australia that are eligible for the "Lightning" categories:

Formula 3 and Australian Formula 2 (normally F3 cars with 1600 Volkswagon engine fitted)
Dallara, Elfin, GRD, Hardman, Magnum, Mygale, Rennmax, Reynard, Richards, Sirch, RALT and TOMs.

Formula Atlantic
ASP, Chevron, Kaditcha, Lola, March, RALT, Swift and TIGA.

Formula 1000
Firman, Speads and Stohr.

Formula 2
Birrana, Brabham, Chevron, Elfin, March, Modus, Sirch and Spirit.

Formula Ford 2000
Royale and Van Diemen.

Formula SuperVee
Lola and RALT.


Click here to access the Formula Tasman regulations

Click here to access the Formula Tasman classifieds