FOR­MULA FORD OR­GAN­IS­ERS OUT­LINE FOR­MAT CHANGES Cham­pi­onship struc­ture to be changed for 2017

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Jack Benyon Pho­tos: Mick Walker, Ol­lie Read, Gary Hawkins

The BRSCC For­mula Ford 1600 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship will run to a new struc­ture this year, which will al­low cars of all ages to race to­gether and in­stead split driv­ers into Pro and Club­man classes.

In­stead of be­ing di­vided into Post-’89 and Pre-’90 grids ac­cord­ing to chas­sis age, two new classes called Na­tional Pro and Club­man will be cre­ated.

Driv­ers for the Club­man se­ries will only be el­i­gi­ble pro­vided they have not fin­ished within the top three in any FF1600 cham­pi­onship event within the last three years, or un­less they en­ter in an older Pre-’90 car. Club­man driv­ers will also have un­lim­ited tyres, whereas the Na­tional Pro driv­ers will still have one set per week­end.

The new Club­man class will fea­ture a full range of age-re­lated classes, and cham­pi­onship chair­man Ian Wolfenden be­lieves it re­places what had be­come a poorly sup­ported Pre-’90 na­tional se­ries.

“Last year we had the two na­tional cham­pi­onships, I com­peted in Pre-’90. There were only four of us com­pet­ing for it,” said Wolfenden. “There was a whole cham­pi­onship and no need for it. The new na­tional Club­man se­ries will al­low driv­ers to run mod­ern cars with­out com­pet­ing with Na­tional Pro driv­ers. It’s for driv­ers like me, who are a bit long in the tooth, or ones who are just start­ing out and need the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The cham­pi­onship will also run a re­vised race for­mat, switch­ing from two 20-minute races per week­end to three 15-minute races.

The first race grid will be de­cided by qual­i­fy­ing, while the grid for race two will be de­cided by the fin­ish­ing po­si­tion in the pre­vi­ous race. The third race of the week­end will fea­ture a bal­lot grid draw with the top eight from race two pick­ing their start­ing spot out of a hat.

Af­ter ex­per­i­ment­ing with a con­trol fuel at the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val – also or­gan­ised by the BRSCC – the cham­pi­onship will also roll out a con­trolled pump fuel sys­tem for all na­tional rounds this year. ● Jack Wolfenden – son of Ian – will drive a Fir­man RF16 in the Na­tional cham­pi­onship in 2017. Wolfenden joins Josh Smith, who an­nounced his plans at the Au­tosport Show, in a two-car My­er­scough Mo­tor­sport team.

Post-’89 and Pre-’90 cars can now race in same cham­pi­onship

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