Con­cern over FF1600 Na­tional and Combe cal­en­dar clash

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For­mula Ford 1600 teams are con­cerned by mul­ti­ple clashes be­tween the Bri­tish Rac­ing and Sports Car Club Na­tional and Cas­tle Combe 2019 cal­en­dars.

A pro­vi­sional BRSCC Na­tional cal­en­dar re­vealed half of next year’s rounds will be TCR UK sup­ports, com­pared to nearly all in ’18, and An­gle­sey re­turns af­ter a year’s ab­sence while Knock­hill has been dropped.

Two Na­tional rounds clash di­rectly with Combe meet­ings and an­other two are on dif­fer­ent days on the same week­end.

“It’s a dis­ap­point­ing cal­en­dar,” said Alan Cooper of Swift Cooper, who won this year’s Combe ti­tle with son Luke.

“As a team that’s got driv­ers that want to run in both [cham­pi­onships] it’s mak­ing the driv­ers make a de­ci­sion. We did have two driv­ers lined up for the Na­tional se­ries but both are now con­sid­er­ing not do­ing it be­cause of the clashes.”

BRSCC’S For­mula Ford co­or­di­na­tor Ian Smith said that end-of-sea­son events like the Brands Hatch Fes­ti­val, which led to no place for Don­ing­ton Park, means lim­ited po­ten­tial to hand­pick slots.

“It’s not quite as sim­ple as that be­cause the clubs are of­fered the dates by the cir­cuits,” he said.

“Par­tic­u­larly with For­mula Ford. There’s Cham­pion of Brands, Her­itage, North­ern, Na­tional, Scot­tish Mo­tor Rac­ing Club [as well as Combe] – to avoid clashes is very hard.”

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