Combe FF1600 champ to race for fam­ily team

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Two-time Cas­tle Combe For­mula Ford 1600 cham­pion Adam Hig­gins will switch to the Ginetta GT4 Supercup this sea­son, while his fa­ther, Bob Hig­gins, will race the same car in Combe GTS.

Adam, 30, won the FF1600 ti­tle in 2013 and 2014 and raced a Ginetta for the first time last year with a one-off ap­pear­ance in Welsh Sports and Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship when it vis­ited Combe as one of its rounds.

“The Supercup at­tracts me be­cause of the high pro­file and the fact they are so tight on the reg­u­la­tions,” said Hig­gins. “For­mula Ford is get­ting a bit lapse with reg­u­la­tions – there seems to be some very pow­er­ful en­gines. The Supercup was very at­trac­tive be­cause they are very fast cars and look mega.

“We bought a G50 in July and did one meet­ing with it. I was sec­ond to Dave Krayem in his mod­i­fied car so was over the moon to be that close to him. We were bumper to bumper the whole race and that gave me the bug – it was the most fun I had in a car for a while.”

Hig­gins will drive for Hur­ri­cane Mo­tor­sport, a new team he has formed with his fa­ther Bob – him­self a four-time Combe FF1600 cham­pion.

“We’ve gone with Hur­ri­cane Mo­tor­sport which is named af­ter dad Bob ‘Hur­ri­cane’ Hig­gins, a name he was called in his stock car rac­ing days,” said Hig­gins Jr. “He’s act­ing as team prin­ci­pal and I’m man­ag­ing the team. I’m go­ing to do the cham­pi­onship this year to get us go­ing a bit and Dad will be do­ing Combe GTS in the same car, which will be in­ter­est­ing! Then there’s a chance of ad­vanc­ing to global GT stuff with Ginetta too. I don’t want to drive a lorry for the rest of my life, so it’s a good op­por­tu­nity.”

Hig­gins is now look­ing to raise some spon­sor­ship to en­sure he has enough bud­get to com­plete the full cam­paign this sea­son.

He added: “I don’t know how I’m go­ing to fare against ev­ery­one else. If I get a top five fin­ish I will be over­joyed and if I get a top three then I would be ab­so­lutely ec­static.”

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey

Hig­gins will share his G55 with his fa­ther Hig­gins’ last FF1600 race was in the WHT in ’16

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