New Ralph Firman car has tough debut
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.”