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Formula Vee, Australia’s most affordable race category, has opened the 2022 season with a bumper field with 30 competitors taking to the grid for round one following a disrupted but no less competitive 2021 season.

The category is welcoming six brand new drivers for the 2022 season with a mix of karters and newcomers making up the debutants while four more a returning to the category after extended breaks. Those new to the category include Andre Cortes (Jabiru), Hayden Crossland (Jacer), Tom Davey (Jacer pictured), Adam Henderson (Sabre), Lachie Mineeff (Jacer) and Stuart Vaughan (Stealth) with all choosing the category for its close wheel to wheel racing, affordability and driver development aspects.

Formula Vee finished 2021 with their fourth and final round at Wakefield Park in December where the overall, 1200, 1600 and Division 2 Championships were all decided with only a few points separating those at the front.

Aaron Lee (Jacer) took out the Overall Open Championship in 2021 but has moved into supersports for the 2022 season and with second place Michael Kinsella (Jacer) not contesting round one, there is sure to be a battle at the pointy end between third placed John McDonald (Jacer), Simon Pace (Checkmate), Daniel Reynolds (Sabre), Aaron Pace (Jacer), Craig Spark (Jacer) and rookie Hayden Crossland (Jacer), with all looking for valuable points in the 2022 opener. There is no doubt that the weather is likely to play a role with rain forecast for the entire weekend.

The 2021 1200 Championship was again won by Formula Vee legend Stephen Butcher making this his 8th championship, a record that is unbeaten. Paul Lister (Polar) secured the Division 2 Championship after completing his first full season in the category with consistent performance throughout the year.

Following a resurgence of interest in the category, after an increase in promotional activity including an online advertising campaign, Formula Vee will be a category to watch in 2022 with all Championship categories up for grabs.

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