MSA For­mula win­ner Smith races Pre-’90 FF1600 at Oul­ton Park

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MSA For­mula race win­ner Josh Smith raced in the BRSCC Pre ’90 For­mula Ford North­ern Cham­pi­onship at Oul­ton Park this week­end as he looks to­wards gain­ing more time be­hind the wheel of a sin­gle-seater.

Smith, who started the sea­son rac­ing in For­mula Kart Stars, was a late ad­di­tion to the For­mula Ford grid; hav­ing only agreed on Fri­day to han­dle a Rey­nard FF89 for the only Pre ’ 90 race of the week­end.

“It’s just to get more seat time, re­ally. They gave me the op­por­tu­nity and I took it,” Smith said.

“It’s a start but ide­ally I’m look­ing to get be­hind the wheel of a Van Diemen in the Post ’89 class or some­thing in the Na­tional se­ries.”

The 17-year-old, who was for­merly backed by the Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion in MSA For­mula, qual­i­fied on pole and fin­ished in sec­ond on the road but a jump-start meant the stew­ards handed him a 10-sec­ond penalty dur­ing the race.

His re­cov­ery drive was marred by his lack of third gear mean­ing he lost ac­cel­er­a­tion be­hind even­tual win­ner Jaap Bli­jleven, set­tling for fifth over­all.

Smith drove Rey­nard FF89

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