Jonathan Venter has driven hard to top the qualifying times at the Bathurst 12hr Formula Ford 1600 event.

Joining Jonathan on the front row is Brett Francis who fell .4 of a second short of the top time showing that he still has th epace after so many years despite not actively competing.

In great conditions, the Formula Ford 1600 field have hit the track in their practice session at the 2013 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour event.

Setting the pace was New South Welshmen young gun Jonathan Venter followed by one of the most underrated drivers in the country, Mitch Martin and, hero from the early 2000's, Brett "The Gun" Francis.

Formula Ford 1600 competitor Jason Liddell and his team Jacal Racing  and 3 Amigos Racing have donated signage space to promote organ & tissue donation at this week’s Bathurst 12 hour event in the lead up to donate life week, which occurs from the 24th February to the 3rd March 2013.

The racing is about to kick off in VIC with the release of the entry forms for the first round of the Vic FFA championship.

After a successful 2012 season that saw 36 competitors participate in rounds of the NSW Historic Formula Ford  Championship, the 2013 series has been launched.