Matthew Cowley will step up to the Post-1989 category in the British Racing and Sports Car Club Formula Ford 1600 Championship in Graham Carroll’s Walter Hayes Trophywinning car.
Having won the National and Northern FF1600 Pre-1990 championships last year in a Reynard FF88, the 18-year-old feels this is the perfect time to step up to a newer car, with the championship now a qualifying round for the Mazda Road to Indy programme.
“We had a great season last year in the Pre-1990s and it’s all looking strong for 2016 now,” said Cowley. “I want to get up to speed and challenge as soon as possible. That’s why we saw it as a good point to progress, because of the Road to Indy. It gives us something to aim and push for.”
Cowley will pilot the Van Diemen JL13 that Carroll steered to the 2015 Walter Hayes Trophy win with the backing of new team B-M Racing.
Cowley will also benefit from the support of the B-M team, which is headed up by engineer Andy Brickles and FF1600 competitor David Mcarthur.
“We’re going under their awning and they’re going to look after everything,” explained Cowley. “It means I can focus on what I’m doing and analyse data more.”