BRENTWOOD, England – The Formula Ford thrills continued at Silverstone over the weekend with Jayde Kruger and Harrison Scott joining Camren Kaminsky in the winner’s circle.
There was a double celebration for rookie racer Scott, 17, who in addition to his maiden car-racing win also secured the Scholarship Cup championship title with four races in hand.
Harrison, who came to the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain as an experienced karter but a near total car-racing rookie, has enjoyed a stellar season in the Falcon Motorsport Mygale. He first climbed the stop step of the Scholarship podium at Donington Park in only his fourth race, and has gone on to claim the honours a total of 10 times so far.
The VCM Motorsport-backed racer wins a free championship registration for Formula Ford 2014 and free race entries for the coming season.
Reflecting on his class championship victory, Harrison said: “Coming into this championship as a rookie I really didn’t know what to expect, nor how good I would be. Some people have gone from karting to single-seaters and found that they haven’t adapted well. I’m happy with how it has gone for me, but I didn’t think the learning curve would be as steep as it has been. The transition from karts, where I learned the basics of racecraft, has been huge. And I still have a lot more to learn.
“Understanding how it all works and how to improve my driving has been key, along with gaining confidence, so if the rear of the car steps out I know I can catch it, and knowing how much speed to carry into a corner. There have been ups and downs: I think my most satisfying races were at Snetterton, where I was on the overall podium in each race and won the Scholarship class in all three, and my most frustrating experience was getting a drive-through penalty at Croft while I was leading Dan Cammish after starting from my first pole. But it’s all part of the learning curve.”
Beyond planning for further class and overall success in the final Formula Ford rounds at Brands Hatch, Harrison’s future racing plans are undecided. “It’s all up in the air at the moment,” he said, “and of course all budget-dependant. We will all sit down after the season and decide what’s best. Of course, winning the Scholarship and the free entries for next season is going to be a consideration.”