Smith seals fac­tory Fir­man FF1600 Na­tional deal

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For­mer Rac­ing Steps driver Josh Smith will be­come a Ralph Fir­man fac­to­ry­sup­ported driver in 2017 and will com­pete in the BRSCC For­mula Ford 1600 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

Smith com­peted in a hand­ful of FF1600 events in 2016, and will now drive the Fir­man RF16 va­cated by 2015 Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy win­ner Gra­ham Car­roll. Car­roll suf­fered en­gine prob­lems with the car last year, but Smith has his own en­gine. He’ll be­gin test­ing in the next few weeks.

“I’m go­ing to be rac­ing For­mula Ford, I’ll be rac­ing as a fac­tory sup­ported driver for Ralph Fir­man,” said Smith. “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.

“I’ve got a lot of con­fi­dence in Ralph. I haven’t driven the car yet, we’ve got a fairly in­ten­sive test­ing pro­gramme com­ing up. We’ll get our head around the car and then at­tempt to hit the ground run­ning.”

Luke Wil­liams also drove a Fir­man car in 2016, chal­leng­ing at the front of the BRSCC Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

Smith will com­pete in the car Gra­ham Car­roll raced dur­ing 2016 sea­son

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