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Leg­endary For­mula Ford team owner and man­ager Jonathan Lewis will race in the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val and Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy this year.

Lewis was man­ager of the suc­cess­ful works Van Diemen team in the 1990s but has more re­cently raced in Mighty Mi­nis be­fore star­ring in the Masters Pre-’66 Tour­ing Cars Cham­pi­onship this year.

He will drive a 1988 Rey­nard in the two Kent events af­ter restor­ing the car.

“I bought this Rey­nard with a friend of mine, Ade Bar­wick,” said Lewis. “I re­stored it last win­ter and I tested it at the first test day at Brands Hatch this year. I was go­ing to race it in the Cham­pion of Brands but then a spon­sor wanted me to race in his­toric Mi­nis so the Rey­nard got shoved into a cor­ner.

“Even when I ran the Van Diemens, I al­ways loved the look of the Rey­nard and thought it was the pret­ti­est car. It’s more of a show car and will only go up in value.”

This will be the first time Lewis has raced a sin­gle-seater for two years and the last time he reg­u­larly raced one was when he claimed the Mono­posto 2000 ti­tle in 2003 and 2004.

“I al­ways said I would do the Fes­ti­val and the Wal­ter Hayes as I’ve never done them as a driver and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” added Lewis. “I’m not ex­pect­ing any­thing, I’ve got no delu­sions that I’ll even be on the same lap as most of them. I’m not out to get in any­one’s way.”

Ex-for­mula 1 driver Martin Don­nelly was set join Lewis on the grid but clash­ing com­mit­ments mean he will be un­able to get to Brands Hatch un­til the Sun­day.

“It’s a shame and the plan was to head back, but this was booked last De­cem­ber so I can’t get out of it,” said Don­nelly. “We will have to put it on the back­burner un­til 2017.”

Lewis has tested Rey­nard at Brands Lewis was Van Diemen boss

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