Peter Larner, a doyen of Formula Ford engine preparation has passed away after a lengthy battle with illness.
A notification was posted fittingly on the Classis Formula Ford Facebook page earlier today.
Larner was an active participant in Formula Ford and took a win on his way to the runner-up position behind Paul Bernasconi in the 1975 Championship. He went on to win the 1977 Australian F2 Championship race in an Elfin 700. Larner later raced in the Formula Pacific category before concentrating on his growing engine building and race vehicle preparation business.
Following a 23 year hiatus from racing, Larner returned to action in the M,O, Q and R Historic categories in a Ralt RT4, Cooper T76 and an Elfin 700.
There were a great many Australian Champions, including Mark Webber, Marcos Ambrose, Craig Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom who had been powered by Peter’s work early in the motorsport journey.
Velocity Motorsport Magazine would like to acknowledge his legacy in Australian motorsport and pass on our condolences to the Larner family and staff at Larner Racing Engines.
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