- 29 December 2011
Jim Goughary became the first driver to win an F1600 Formula F Championship Series race last season, as the series debuted last April at Virginia International Raceway. To start 2012, he will be among the first drivers to run with one of the series’ newest teams – Black Watch Racing Group.
Goughary, a veteran of more than 20 years of racing and a forer winner in SCCA Trans-Am competition, will be behind the wheel for the SCCA Double Nationals, Jan. 6-8 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway. The F1600 F Championship Series opens its second season of competition April 12-15 at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Va. Black Watch Racing is a newcomer to the F1600 Series, but ran an SCCA Formula F program in 2011, including an entry at the National Championship Runoffs. The team intends to run a two-car team in 2012, with plans of expansion for 2013.
The team already has a pair of Van Diemen chassis as part of its stable, landing instant credibility in a series loaded with top-notch competitors and equipment. Goughary said his experience with each of the key components of the car will be beneficial for a strong showing at Sebring.
“I can't wait to get started with Black Watch Racing,” Goughary said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to continue in F1600. I love driving these cars. It is fiercely competitive racing and these cars keep you so sharp as a driver. I cannot thank the team enough for allowing me to be a part of the early stages of their F1600 Series involvement. The personnel that are involved are top notch and have a wealth of experience behind them. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be a force to be reckoned with right out of the box.
“The Van Diemen chassis is a proven winner and I can’t say enough about the Honda power plant,” Goughary continued. “For 2012 the SCCA is allowing us to run a larger air inlet restrictor, still not quite as large as the F1600 Pro Series but very close. Our chances look really good at Sebring.”