For­mer Fes­ti­val win­ner Raven signs with Cliff Dempsey FF1600

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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.”

Raven will tackle the full na­tional cham­pi­onship

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