The CAMS WA Aus F1000 Championship is an Australian state motor racing title for drivers of Formula 1000 racing cars. Starting in 2014, it is a state series. The series gained CAMS approval in 2014 and is based in Western Australia.
The Formula 1000 category was established in North America in 2006 and within years had become popular across the United States and Europe. In 2013 Formula 1000 emerged in Australia in demonstration events before being approved to race by CAMS. A state series was contested in Australia for the first time in 2014 and will be an annual competition.
The series serves as a stepping stone for Australian racing drivers who aim to go on to greater things in motor racing both in Australia and overseas. Notably, two-time Australian Formula 3 Championship runner-up Leanne Tander competed in the inaugural championship, as did four-time Australian Sports Racer Series champion Adam Proctor.
F1000 competitors are predominantly self-run teams, with large-scale operations a rarity.
After a series of regularity events in 2013, the CAMS WA AUS F1000 Championship was approved by CAMS for 2014. It was the first F1000 season in Australian history and was contested over five rounds. It is officially known as the CAMS WA AUS F1000 Championship.
The inaugural season was won by Stewart Burns from Ben Riley and saw eight drivers compete throughout the year.
The second meeting of the year was cancelled due to widespread mechanical issues.
The official tyre supplier of the series is Hankook, with each competitor restricted to three sets of dry C7 compound slicks for the season.
After a successful 2014, Aus F1000 came back strong with 12 cars on the grid. With a strong start to the season and the new Arise Racing team bringing new cars and new competition to the series it brought 3 great races. Jordan Love set the new lap record for the series being 0:54.3312. By the end of the season the state championship was so close it saw Ben Riley and Rob Appleyard with the same amount of points. Ben Riley took out the 2015 State Championship after winning and coming 2nd in more races than Rob Appleyard.
2015 proved to be a successful year for the Aus F1000 series and 2016 brought even more close racing and competition. With 6 races for the season the cars and drivers have put on great races even in hard conditions. September brought a new and faster lap record set by Alex Barboutis with a time of 0:53.6872. The winner of the 2016 state championship and the Daniel Ricciardo Perpetual Trophy is Alex Barboutis.
This year a silver star trophy was introduced for people performing above 56.75 seconds a lap. If this lap time was broken 3 times the individual moves up into the State Championship. This year the winner of the Silver Star Trophy is Stewart Burns - Sponsors Ribuck Industries and TCS NDT.
2015 Aus F1000 Champion Ben Riley Sponsored by Infiniti Designer Pools and Matso Beer