New Ralph Fir­man car has tough de­but

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Ralph Fir­man’s new For­mula Ford chas­sis broke cover at Oul­ton Park last week­end, but was ham­pered by re­li­a­bil­ity prob­lems.

The first com­pleted RFR RFFF16 was out in the hands of Na­tional For­mula Ford 1600 Cham­pi­onship reg­u­lar Luke Wil­liams. He achieved 20 laps in test­ing, but suf­fered gear­box is­sues in qual­i­fy­ing and then an uniden­ti­fied prob­lem put him out of both races.

“I have driven a num­ber of cars straight out of the box and this one cer­tainly has po­ten­tial,” said Wil­liams. “We will be back for the next round at Sil­ver­stone faster than ever.”

A sec­ond car, for Team Ire­land racer James Roe, is not yet ready, and the 19-year-old started his Na­tional FF1600 cam­paign in a Van Diemen, but also failed to score.

The Swift SC16 also made its de­but at Oul­ton with Luke Cooper record­ing two 13th place fin­ishes. The brand new car was due to make its bow at Cas­tle Combe on Easter Mon­day, but the meet­ing was flooded off.

“Ev­ery ses­sion we are try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent and we don’t know whether it will work,” said Swift Cooper boss Alan Cooper.

Cooper Jr added: “I’m still driv­ing it like the SC92, but can’t flick it in and drive through the cor­ners on op­po­site lock.”

New RFFF16 re­tired twice

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