Smith se­cure sm clare n au­to­mo­tive de­vel­op­ment drive thank st off 1600

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The suc­cess of Josh Smith with Old­field Mo­tor­sport is proof once again that the For­mula Ford cat­e­gory can still be rel­e­vant in a driver’s ca­reer.

A race win­ner in British For­mula 4 dur­ing 2015, Smith suf­fered from a lack of bud­get and made the move into For­mula Ford in ’16.

But he’s now joined Mclaren Au­to­mo­tive’s driver de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, and con­sid­ers his time in FF1600 with help from James Old­field as mak­ing him a bet­ter driver.

“In For­mula 4 you have ob­vi­ously got big slick tyres and a bit of aero, but with For­mula Ford there’s no room for that,” says the 19-year-old.

“There’s noth­ing to mask it [your driv­ing]. Your car set-up skills have to be mas­sive to hit the nail on the head be­cause there’s so lit­tle power, ev­ery ounce counts.

“The biggest thing was car set-up be­tween me and James, we put our heads to­gether to nail it.

“It was a mas­sive learn­ing curve and I didn’t see it as a step back. I learnt a hell of a lot as a driver and I don’t re­gret do­ing it for one se­cond.”

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