BRENTWOOD, England - Two new drivers are set to join the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford grid this weekend at Donington Park for the second live-televised instalment of season.
Sam Brabham, the 18-year-old son of Le Mans 24 Hours winner David Brabham and grandson of three-time World Champion Sir Jack, will be making his car-racing debut at the wheel of one of JTR’s Mygale EcoBoost chassis, while Fred Martin-Dye will have his first outing at the wheel of an SWB Motorsport-run Sinter.
Both drivers sampled their new cars for the first time last week, and enjoyed strong runs in the official test session held at Thruxton in Hampshire.
“It was great to shake down my new JTR Mygale at Thruxton,” said Brabham. “Although the focus is naturally on learning the car and the circuits I’m settling in well. With two more tests planned before Donington, I’ll be much more confident heading into my single-seater debut. My aim is to quickly learn the circuit and build my experience with some respectable results. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile, it’s hoped that Argentinian racer Juan Rosso may be able to make a belated start to his Formula Ford season at Donington - the 19-year-old from Cordoba broke a bone in his hand in a pre-season testing crash at the wheel of his Jamun Racing-run Mygale and awaits the blessing of medics before he can compete.
Donington’s pre-event test is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday), with official qualifying and one race on Saturday and a further two races on Sunday which will feature in ITV4’s live coverage of the Donington meeting.