“FF stakeholders should unite for the main cause”
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.