OR­GAN­IS­ERS DE­FEND FF FOR­MAT CHANGES

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BRSCC FF1600 Na­tional Championship or­gan­is­ers have de­fended changes to the for­mat which have met with mixed re­views from com­peti­tors.

Changes from two races per week­end to three races per week­end, and a con­trol pump fuel, have been met with al­most uni­ver­sal praise.

But changes to the championship for­mat have caused dis­con­tent from some cor­ners of the pad­dock.

For 2017 the championship’s Pre-’90 cat­e­gory has been dis­banded, re­placed by the Club­man class.

This will be for Post-’89 or Pre’90 cars. But if a driver has fin­ished in the top three in an FF1600 championship in the pre­vi­ous three years, they won’t be el­i­gi­ble to en­ter the Club­man class in a Post-’89 car.

This cat­e­gory has also re­verted to un­lim­ited tyre us­age. Driv­ers in the Post-’89 class – re­named Na­tional Pro – can only use one set of tyres per week­end.

BRSCC FF1600 chair­man Ian Wolfenden said: “When you ac­tu­ally look at who they are [peo­ple com­plain­ing], they haven’t raced with us for I don’t know how long. We’re go­ing to get a bit of a back­lash when­ever we change any­thing be­cause some peo­ple don’t like change. We’re fairly sure what we’re do­ing is the right thing.”

On the sub­ject of open­ing the tyre lim­its, Wolfenden added: “We can al­ways add into the sup­ple­men­tary reg­u­la­tions if anyone wants to be awk­ward about it.”

Team owner Cliff Dempsey agrees with the fuel and race for­mat changes, but isn’t sure the Club­man class is the right way to go.

“The split­ting up of the classes, and get­ting rid of the Pre-’90s, OK it wasn’t the best­sup­ported class at na­tional level, but every­body is a bit up­set by the sounds of it,” said Dempsey.

James Old­field, who is the teams’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the championship com­mit­tee, added: “I’m try­ing to run my busi­ness and I’m get­ting dis­tracted with peo­ple’s false and in­ac­cu­rate com­ments. I’m on the com­mit­tee vol­un­tar­ily try­ing to help and in­stead of talk­ing to us, peo­ple go straight to Face­book and just go all-out.”

Pho­tos: Rachel Bourne, Jakob Ebrey

Plans in­volve changes to rac­ing cat­e­gories

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