Former Festival winner Raven signs with Cliff Dempsey FF1600
Formula Ford Festival winner James Raven will team up with Cliff Dempsey Racing for an assault on the British Racing and Sports Car Club Formula Ford 1600 National Championship this year.
The 2014 Festival winner from Portsmouth completed the full season with CDR, but took a year away to concentrate on his schooling in 2015. He did contest the Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy last year and was in contention for victory at the WHT before an incident ruled him out of the running.
The 21-year-old has been drawn back by the Mazda Road to Indy prize on offer in the championship this year; whichever driver wins the title will get an entry into a shootout, dependent on their age, where the winner earns a drive in USF2000 for 2017. “It’s make or break for me this year in terms of my racing career,” said Raven. “The chance to get on the Road to Indy ladder is huge. I’m surprised more drivers haven’t announced their intentions to do it. I know the team well and they’re one of the best FF16000 outfits there is with 30 odd years of experience.”