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Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH SAM MITCHELL

Age: 21 Lives: Chel­tenham His­toric FF con­tender He’s wants a full season

“The plan is to try and win as many His­toric For­mula Ford races as pos­si­ble this season. We’ll do the two non-cham­pi­onship races at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic as well. It’s go­ing to be mega com­pet­i­tive. We’ve got Nel­son Rowe com­ing back and peo­ple like Cal­lum Grant, Benn Til­ley and all the usual front-run­ners from last year.”

He won the ti­tle be­fore

“I won the cham­pi­onship in 2013 and in the first half of 2014 I was do­ing ex­ams so my par­ents made it clear that there would be no rac­ing. I did Cad­well in June and won both races and was lead­ing at Brands in July when I got taken out by a back­marker. That wrote off the car so that was the end of 2014. I took a year out in 2015 to go trav­el­ling around the world and then did a few races last season. I was rusty and was prob­a­bly over-driv­ing.”

It is a fam­ily team

“I’ll be rac­ing the fam­ily Mer­lyn Mk20 that my dad Westie and my el­der brother Ben have also raced. We did have two Mk20s at one stage, but Tony Hel­li­well has the other car now. We al­ways run the car our­selves and we’re just do­ing an en­gine re­build at the mo­ment.”

There is a new liv­ery

“It’s go­ing to be in a dif­fer­ent liv­ery this year. We’re sup­port­ing Race Against De­men­tia and I’ve spo­ken to Sir Jackie Ste­wart about it and he was very en­cour­ag­ing. I want to give it as much ex­po­sure as pos­si­ble and it is a great cause. My great grand­mother suf­fered it for 10 years so it is close to our fam­ily.”

Story be­hind the colours

“In 1967, Sir Jackie Ste­wart was meant to be rac­ing for Fer­rari. His stip­u­la­tion was that if he was go­ing to race in For­mula 2, he would be run by Ken Tyrrell and would have to have Scot­tish blue on the car. But the deal fell over and Jacky Ickx raced the car, so we’re go­ing to run the blue on the bot­tom half.”

Mitchell is an FF1600 star

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