Cater­ham ace im­presses on His­toric For­mula Ford de­but at Combe

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

For­mer Cater­ham cham­pion Neil Shin­ner made his His­toric FF1600 at Cas­tle Combe when he raced the ex-mike Wrigley Mer­lyn Mk20 un­der the wing of Nigel Grant.

The Corn­wall-based toy de­signer raced in FF1600 in the mid-1980s in the Dun­lop- Au­tosport Star of To­mor­row Cham­pi­onship as a young­ster. He re­turned to rac­ing six years ago when a se­ri­ous leg in­jury cur­tailed his mo­tor­bike en­duro ac­tiv­i­ties.

He took two Cater­ham Grad­u­ate ti­tles but al­ways han­kered af­ter re­turn­ing to sin­gle-seaters. “I wanted to do For­mula Ford again; it was a real pas­sion,” said Shin­ner, who fin­ished seventh in the first race at Combe.

Shin­ner also has a Rey­nard SF78 for His­toric For­mula Ford 2000 and hopes to race both cars on some week­ends this sea­son.

Shin­ner bat­tled on de­but

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