Rac­ing re­ports

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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.”

Car­roll won WHT in Van Diemen

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