BRENTWOOD, England - Stability of technical regulations, an exciting calendar and a continuing association with the most popular motorsport package in Britain is already generating driver interest in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain for 2014, say championship organisers.
After a successful return to the British Touring Car Championship package in 2013, Formula Ford will continue to support the BTCC at all 10 of its live-televised meetings next year, with three races each weekend to provide Formula Ford’s young stars with the greatest possible racing experience.
The aim is to build on the successes of the launch year of the Formula Ford EcoBoost, says championship manager Sam Roach: “Formula Ford provided some of the most exciting action on the BTCC package in 2013 and was a highlight for the viewers of ITV4’s live shows, thanks to the tremendous racing for which Formula Ford is renowned. With our continuing partnership with the BTCC, we will again be benefiting from its unrivalled live TV coverage.
“Our teams, with a year’s experience of the aerodynamically enhanced EcoBoost chassis, are already reporting increased levels of interest in Formula Ford from young drivers looking to take their first single-seater steps or indeed to enhance their established racing careers. With 30 race starts on the schedule, combined with two Friday test sessions and a 20-minute qualifying, Formula Ford offers the young driver an unbeatable platform and learning opportunity.”
Gerard Quinn, Head of Ford Racing in Europe, said: “The 1.6L EcoBoost engines ran without fault all season. This is exactly why we are involved in such a series as it affords the opportunity for competitors to sample our technology on the race track. This same technology has been developed for our road cars like the highly acclaimed Ford Fiesta ST. This engine technology is so good you can take it racing.”
BTCC series director Alan Gow added: “Formula Ford has been a huge crowd-pleaser at the circuits this season and a big hit with the TV audience also; they like to see young drivers learning their craft and how to win races. Formula Ford is a great complementary attraction to touring cars and the other supporting championships.”
The next step in attracting new drivers to compete in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain is the annual Formula Ford Sampler Day, which has been scheduled for Tuesday 12 November at the Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire. The championship ‘open day’ is an opportunity for prospective drivers to try the cars, meet the teams and find out more about what Formula Ford can offer them in their racing careers.
Prospective drivers will be able to test Formula Ford EcoBoost chassis in short track sessions between 9am and 3.45pm. Drivers must have a racing or kart licence. Teams will require a contribution towards their running costs (fuel, tyres and accident insurance) and all wishing to attend must register with the championship co-ordinator, Penny Mattocks firstname.lastname@example.org
Formula Ford personnel will be on hand throughout the day to discuss technical and sporting matters, paddock hospitality, media coverage and all other aspects of the championship.
Provisional 2014 calendar
Rounds, date, circuit, county
01,02,03 Sat 29/Sun 30 March, Brands Hatch Indy, Kent
04,05,06 Sat 19/Sun 20 April, Donington Park, Leicestershire
07,08,09 Sat 3/Sun 4 May, Thruxton, Hampshire
10,11,12 Sat 7/Sun 8 June, Oulton Park, Cheshire
13,14,15 Sat 28/Sun 29 June, Croft, North Yorkshire
16,17,18 Sat 2/Sun 3 August, Snetterton, Norfolk
19,20,21 Sat 23/Sun 24 August, Knockhill, Fife
22,23,24 Sat 6/Sun 7 September, Rockingham, Northamptonshire
25,26,27 Sat 27/Sun 28 September, Silverstone, Northamptonshire
28,29,30 Sat 11/Sun 12 October, Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Kent