BRENTWOOD, England - Formula Ford race winners Juan Rosso and Jayde Kruger are just some of the stars returning to the series for a full season of racing in 2014.
Rosse, 20, from Argentina will line up on the grid with multiple title-winning team Jamun Racing as part of a twin-Mygale squad.
Rosso, son of 1980s Formula Ford and F3 racer Victor, won the final three rounds of the 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain to secure third place in the driver standings, 46 points behind championship runner-up Harrison Scott. Seventeen-year-old Harrison is another driver who has declared his intention to return to Formula Ford to settle unfinished business.
“I am trying to get all the experience possible in my short career,” said Rosso. “I have only two years racing and this will be my third. I had a really good year with Jamun in 2013 and this season I want to try to make something stronger, to win more than three races and, if it’s possible, to fight for the championship. I am really happy to come back with Jamun; they showed me last year they have a lot of experience and made me feel like part of their family. It was an excellent relationship, and that’s why I want to repay them with more victories and maybe the championship.”
South African star Jayde Kruger is also returning to Formula Ford for a full tilt at the championship title in 20in 2014. Kruger, who turns 26 next month, will drive the same Investchem-backed Mygale chassis he raced last season, but has yet to choose which team will prepare the car for him. Mountune will build Kruger’s EcoBoost engine.
“I learned a lot about the circuits last year, having never been to any of them before,” said Johannesburg-based Jayde. “And of course in 2013 I learned about driving a turbo car, which was a bit different for me, and about setting up the car, so I will start this season off with all that knowledge – a better foundation.”
Gerard Quinn, Head of Ford Racing in Europe said: “We are extremely optimistic that all the available EcoBoost chassis are going to be filled for the coming season. We are in discussion with several other exciting drivers wishing to join us in 2014. The talent lining up to drive in Formula Ford this year is impressive, and it is going to make for some great live action.”
The Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain will feature 30 races – three 20-minute sprints at each of the season’s 10 BTCC meetings, with live TV coverage on ITV4 in addition to a post-screened highlights show. In addition to this unrivalled racing track time, Formula Ford offers two exclusive timed test sessions before each meeting as well as a 20-minute qualifying session.
The £30,000 cash prize fund is not the only innovation in the pipeline for 2014. This season will also see the introduction of a reverse grid for the second race of each weekend, bringing Formula Ford into line with the sporting regulations of many international single-seater series. Importantly, technical regulations are to remain largely unchanged. The first rounds are set for Brands Hatch at the end of March.