ORGANISERS DEFEND FF FORMAT CHANGES
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.”
Plans involve changes to racing categories