• Alex Birley Formula Ford Festival Off-Track Entertainment Announced

With the largest entry list seen in a few years and a packed weekend programme of racing there will be no shortage of action to entertain everyone attending this year’s festival at the legendary Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.

However, as part of their commitment to promoting the Festival, the BRSCC are also looking at other activities for Festival goers to enjoy.

This year’s focus has been on giving a traditional ‘Club House’ feel to the Saturday evening in the Kentagon, which is to be open to all teams, driver and of course the public to enjoy.

The Kentagon at Brands Hatch will be open over the whole weekend, but there will be a special event on the Saturday evening (26th October) of the Formula Ford Festival weekend.

The Festival Forum, to be hosted by experienced commentators Scott Woodwiss and Andy McEwan, will be an opportunity to invite some competitors, team owners and other key people onto the stage to talk about their Festival experiences past and present. It is a great opportunity to get the inside track on competing at the Festival and some very entertaining stories. The forum starts at 19.30 and will last about an hour.

Title sponsors., will be bringing their race simulator to the Festival which will be set up in the Kentagon all weekend. BRSCC Chairman and Festival entrant, Peter Daly is looking forward to having a go himself. “The race simulator was a big hit when brought it to our inaugural Formula Ford Festival Promotion day at the end of September.

“I didn’t get a chance to have a go then, but I saw a number of the current National FF1600 drivers, who will be racing at the Festival spending a lot of time on there.

“It will be a great chance for spectators to have a go themselves and see if they can beat them.”

For anyone not able to attend this year’s Formula Ford Festival, the whole weekend is being live streamed for the first time.

The BRSCC is determined to secure the future of this legendary event and part of this is looking at a range of ideas and activities to introduce over the coming years to give the weekend a fantastic festive feel.

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Additional Information The Formula Ford Festival takes place on the 26 – 27 October at Brands Hatch.

Formula Ford 1600 racing is an ideal and comparatively affordable step on motorsport’s career ladder. It is known for its close racing and the lack of aerodynamic devices means drivers learn how to maximise mechanical grip and nose-to-tail racing before moving onto other series. This is exactly what last year’s champion, Josh Smith, has done as he is now part of the 2019 McLaren Young Driver Programme and competing in the British GT championship.

Qualifying starts at 10.20 on Saturday 26 October with the Heats Last Chance Race at 17.15.

The semi-finals start at 11.30 on Sunday 27 October with the Grand Final at 16.05.

It is a packed weekend of motor racing with support races from the Classic Formula Ford Championship, Sports 2000 Duratec Championship, Sports 2000 Pinto Championship, Ask Irish Supercars & GT Global Lights, BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship Racing with MRF Tyres, BRSCC Fiesta Championship Racing With MRF Tyres.

Photo,courtesy of Gary Watkins

2018 Formula Ford Festival winner, Josh Smith on the Race Simulator


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