Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Jack Benyon

The or­gan­is­ers of this year’s For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val have brought in a con­trol fuel, spark­ing con­tro­versy.

Ac­cu­sa­tions of il­le­gal fuel us­age have been made in the For­mula Ford Na­tional Cham­pi­onship this year, which is also run by the BRSCC. Bosses hope run­ning a con­trol fuel will pre­vent fur­ther is­sue.

Buy­ing con­trol fuel adds ex­tra cost as op­posed to com­peti­tors us­ing their own fuel, but Old­field Mo­tor­sport boss James Old­field be­lieves that in a worst-case sce­nario the ex­tra cost would be un­der £100.

BRSCC com­pe­ti­tions man­ager Do­minic Ostrowski said: “The rea­son we’ve done it is to pro­tect the in­tegrity of the Fes­ti­val, that’s the ra­tio­nale be­hind it. A lot of peo­ple have said that we need to do it.”

A con­trol fuel also makes fuel test­ing eas­ier and cheaper to con­duct, which means the cars will be more ac­cu­rately scru­ti­neered.

The con­trol fuel only ap­plies to Post-’89 class ve­hi­cles com­pet­ing in the heats, fi­nal and last chance races. Pre-’90, clas­sic and his­toric en­trants are not sub­ject to im­posed con­trol fuel us­age. Driv­ers in the Mas­ters race, in any class, also avoid the need to use the Car­less con­trol fuel.

The BRSCC is also con­fi­dent that the fi­nal will be run in good light, de­spite the last race be­ing due to fin­ish just min­utes be­fore sun­set, which has also raised ques­tions.

The Fes­ti­val Fi­nal is due to start at 1735hrs, with sun­set due around 1748hrs. The race is usu­ally 20 laps long, with the av­er­age dry lap time around 50-55s.

Ostrowski added: “We’re not wor­ried about that [the late timetable]. There’s quite a bit of clear-up time be­tween races and gen­er­ally at Brands they’re pretty sharp at clear­ing things up. I’d be sur­prised if we didn’t start the Fes­ti­val be­fore 1730hrs. We al­ways try to get un­der­way early if we can, when things are ready to go, we go.”

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