“FF stake­hold­ers should unite for the main cause”

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - JACK BENYON GROUP NA­TIONAL EDI­TOR

I’ll be honest. For­mula Ford rac­ing is my favourite at club level. The close­ness of the rac­ing and the tal­ent on show in some of these so-called lower level cham­pi­onships is fan­tas­tic.

lis­tened with in­ter­est as the new chair­man of the Bri­tish Rac­ing and Sports Car Club’s FF1600 Na­tional Championship, Ian Wolfenden, and championship co-or­di­na­tor Ian Smith in­formed me of the new rules in the championship for this year.

They’re a lit­tle bit con­fus­ing on the face of it. But af­ter a lit­tle bit of ex­pla­na­tion, I got the gist.

Con­trol fuel. Niall Mur­ray was ac­cused – among other things – of run­ning some sort of il­le­gal fuel at one of the races last year. When Mur­ray won the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val as dom­i­nantly as he’d won any race that sea­son – in a race that used con­trol fuel – that ac­cu­sa­tion was put to bed and what a per­for­mance it was.

But speak­ing to any en­gine builder, they’ll tell you there aren’t any gains from il­le­gal fuel any­way be­cause the en­gines are low com­pres­sion. It means teams have to empty tanks in the cars af­ter ev­ery round and that fresh fuel has to be used each time. Pros and cons there.

The changes that have caused an up­roar is in the classes, which you can read about to the left. It’s con­fus­ing to say the least. There’s also no tyre limit in the Club­mans cat­e­gory as op­posed to one set a week­end in the Na­tional Pro class. Sounds odd that a club­man championship is in­cit­ing more cost to be com­pet­i­tive. Plus, the ex­act na­ture of who’s el­i­gi­ble and why is pretty mind-bend­ing.

How­ever, tyres have never re­ally been an is­sue in the Pre-’90 class, and last year nei­ther were en­tries – so you have to feel it’s odd peo­ple are get­ting riled up over a class that had four or five con­sis­tent en­trants last year.

Re­gard­less of your opin­ion on the changes, there needs to be a revo­lu­tion with the BRSCC’S championship. The or­gan­is­ing club and the peo­ple who run the championship have shown a will­ing­ness to set the for­mula on a bright and ex­cit­ing path for the fu­ture by elect­ing a new com­mit­tee.

You have to ac­cept – as they do – that they’ll get things wrong. But air­ing the championship’s dirty laun­dry on Face­book isn’t the way to show the grav­i­tas that the big­gest For­mula Ford championship in the coun­try should have.

Use the com­mit­tee mem­bers and voice your con­cerns to the rel­e­vant par­ties. They’re will­ing to change and mod­ify el­e­ments of the rules, but there’s a way to ap­proach them, and through so­cial me­dia isn’t the way.

So, na­tional For­mula Ford­sters. Unite, and play your part in se­cur­ing the fu­ture of a fan­tas­tic championship.

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