Young Gun in Northern Formula Ford
Chris Middlehurst began his car racing career in the 2011 Northern Formula Ford Championship aged 16. He graduated to Formula Renault the following season. In 2013 he continues in Formula Renault having been selected to become a member of the BRDC's prestigious Rising Star programme
“Racing in Northern FF1600 developed me massively as a driver. I started the year as a novice aged just 16 and by the end of the year I was winning! Every time I raced I was learning so much...
“The friendliness of the people involved and the 'no-pressure' environment was a huge attraction for us. The cost effectiveness of the championship and heritage of Formula Ford was another major draw.
“Oulton Park is my favourite track – I absolutely love it! All our races at the Cheshire Circuit were on the magnificent 2.7 mile International Layout. It includes Island and Druids Bends which are two high speed, challenging corners in a Formula Ford. They really test the car and driver! Meanwhile controlling the car in the tricky downhill braking area for Cascades was a very special feeling.
“Anglesey was great too; as some rounds were staged on the International Layout and others were on the Coastal Track it provided great variety and made it really interesting. I'd jump straight back into a FF1600 now if I could!!!
“The close racing combined with the Formula Ford driving experience taught me a great deal which I’m sure I will carry throughout my racing career. I would not have done any other championship and recommend any young, budding racing driver to seriously consider Northern FF1600 as it teaches you so much.”
Photograph courtesy of Chris Brennan - LightPrism Imaging