EX-BTCC racer back to Fford Fes­ti­val

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - STEPHEN LICKORISH

For­mer Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship racer Vin­cent Ra­der­mecker is to make an un­ex­pected re­turn to the Formula Ford Fes­ti­val at Brands Hatch later this month.

Ra­der­mecker, now 51, twice com­peted in the event in the early 1990s and says he has “un­fin­ished busi­ness” in it. From there his ca­reer took him to Bri­tish Formula 3, where he was the run­ner-up in ’94 be­fore switch­ing to tin-tops.

He con­tested the BTCC in a works Volvo in 1999 and then moved to Vaux­hall in 2000, tak­ing a to­tal of five podi­ums.

“The story is that Ge­of­froy Ho­rion – a Bel­gian driver who did Formula Ford a bit later than me and af­ter­wards did F3 and tour­ing car races in Bel­gium – he bought a Van Diemen RF91 and RF92 and then started a lit­tle team, Old Rac­ing School,” Ra­der­mecker told Au­tosport. “He’s do­ing some his­toric rac­ing with Formula Ford and he asked me if I was in­ter­ested. If it was a nor­mal track some­where I’m not sure, but it was not pos­si­ble to say no

[to the Fes­ti­val at Brands Hatch].

“I did two Fes­ti­vals – in 1991 I fin­ished ninth in the fi­nal, then in 1992 I was run­ning sixth in the semi-fi­nal and

I tried to im­prove my clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

But I had an off be­cause I locked my brakes in the wet. So I have un­fin­ished busi­ness and I will try to im­prove on that.”

More re­cently Ra­der­mecker has com­peted in TCR ma­chin­ery – in­clud­ing tak­ing three wins in TCR Benelux in 2016 – as well as tak­ing part in en­durance races.

This will be his first race in the UK since Bel­car vis­ited Don­ing­ton Park in 2007, and Ra­der­mecker is un­sure how he will com­pare with his Fes­ti­val ri­vals.

“I will do free prac­tice be­fore the week­end to re­mem­ber every­thing with the car and to try to im­prove the car and my­self,” he said. “Brands Hatch I know quite well and it will be very quickly in my mem­ory.”

Ra­der­mecker added that he had looked at mak­ing a re­turn to the BTCC over the years and, more re­cently, at com­pet­ing in TCR UK. But the need to pay for a drive dis­suaded him from tak­ing it up. “With

TCR UK I did have some con­tact there but still needed to bring bud­get with it, which is not what I do,” he said.

Ra­der­mecker part­nered Ry­dell in 1999

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