• Alex Birley


The BRSCC announces today a great opportunity for the highest placed teenager in this year’s Formula Ford Festival to take part in the F4 Scholarship on 5 November at Silverstone.

Peter Daly, BRSCC Chairman, speaking today’s at the inaugural Formula Ford Promotion Day at Brands Hatch made the announcement saying “We are extremely delighted that with our friends at Racingline, the British F4 Championship promotors, assisted by Richard Dutton and his Fortec team will award the highest placed race finishing teenager in the Formula Ford Festival Final an entry into the F4 Scholarship day at Silverstone, to include physical, mental and media exercises and a test with the Fortec F4 team.

“The winner of the scholarship day will receive their entry fees into the F4 Championship plus 15 sets of slick tyres from Hankook, a 25% NBE discount on engine, free HRX race suite, plus a prize from fuel suppliers Carless.”

BRSCC Competitions Director, Dominic Ostrowski added “This scholarship is a real boost to the Festival which has traditionally provided a stepping stone for young drivers to motorsport success, from Jenson Button and recently crowned Indy car champion Josef Newgarden to last year’s winner, Josh Smith, who went on to become part of the 2019 McLaren Young Driver programme and be a top challenger in this year’s British GT.”

The prize provides a clear link between these two single-seater championships and the traditional motorsport ladder of success.

This news comes just weeks after the BRSCC revealed that they are investing in the future of the this highlight of the British single-seater race calendar with its international grids of up to 90 of these unique looking cars and a reputation for close action racing.

This includes live streaming the race weekend for the first time and setting up a project team to work on the promotion of this year’s Festival, but most importantly to put in the foundations for years to come.

The Formula Ford Festival is a very special weekend for everyone, drivers, teams and spectators and the BRSCC is committed to giving drivers as much track times as possible, including an additional ‘Heats Last Chance Race’ at the end of Saturday in which the 30 quickest drivers who didn’t get though the heats stage have one final chance to grab a slot in the semi-finals and then the usual tense final Last Chance race where there are six grid places up for grabs in the Grand Final race on Sunday.

With just four weeks to go, all of the entry and event information is available on the BRSCC website

Additional Notes

Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series unveils inaugural Scholarship prize worth over £35,000 plus dedicated assessment day at Silverstone.A prize fund worth over £35,000 is on offer courtesy of series partners Hankook, Neil Brown Engineering, Carless, HRX and the organisers, RacingLine.

Drivers will be assessed not only by their on-track ability, but also in other crucial fields for a driver’s development, such as data coaching and media.The runner-up will also be given free registration to the 2020 championship, worth £2,500.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.

The Formula Ford Festival Qualifying starts at 10.20 on Saturday 26 October with the Heats Last Chance Race at 15.15.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


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