In theory, this should be a good year for Formula Ford 1600. At the end of last season there was a string of encouraging announcements that had the potential to increase its popularity.
The champions of the National, Scottish and Super Series will all be part of a shootout for £135,000 towards a USF2000 season, which is part of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder. There was also the news that legendary car builder Ralph Firman was producing an all-new car.
However, that has yet to transfer into a significant surge in entries. While many FF1600 regulars have committed to full seasons – such as 2014 Festival winner James Raven and last year’s Walter Hayes victor Graham Carroll – there has been some concern over a lack of new blood.
Despite this, FF1600 still appears to be in a much better shape than recent years and there’s still time for entries to increase further. SL