“British Formula Ford looks to 2014”
The British Formula Ford Championship is working to a return to form, following an often difficult and frustrating 2013 season.
A mixture of shallow fields and stiff competition from the new-for-2013 BRDC Formula 4 category and the Protyre Formula Renault Series did much to dent the once hugely popular category.
However, as witnessed last year when the series introduced aerodynamic wings to its format, the series is not afraid to make changes when considered necessary.
There have been a couple of significant alterations to the category’s sporting regulations this season, with the second of the weekend’s three races being run as a reverse grid race. Also, a split of a £30,000 prize fund is on offer for drivers who prove successful during the season.
Crucially, no further technical changes are planned, as teams aim to save money following 2013’s drastic expenditure.
Already seats are beginning to fill with Harrison Scott returning for another go at the title with Falcon Motorsport, while 2013 part-time racer, Connor Mills, is to go full-season with Meridian Motorsport.
Making series debuts with Falcon and Meridian respectively will be Chris Mealin and Ashley Sutton – the latter of whom is returning to motorsport following a serious car crash suffered two-and-a-half years ago.
Meanwhile Meridian have also confirmed that they will field a third car during this campaign, while Falcon are set to field at least four entries.
As well as maintaining its live television exposure in the UK on ITV4, the series continues as a support to the highly popular British Touring Car Championship. British Formula Ford still has a long way to go if wants to repair the damage inflicted upon in the past fifteen years, but the series does look like taking steps in the right direction.