COLE SECURES FORMULA FORD TITLE
Having led the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain all season, 21-year-old James Cole secured the championship title on Saturday at the final meeting of the season at Castle Combe.
A fourth-place finish in the first of the day's races was sufficient for Southport-based Cole to lift the crown beyond the reach of his season-long rival Josef Newgarden. Even if the young American wins his appeal against exclusion on a technicality from last month's 22nd round of the championship, he cannot surpass Cole's points tally.
James is the fifth successive Jamun Racing Mygale driver to win the Formula Ford national title and he hopes to follow 2008 Formula Ford Champion Wayne Boyd into the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.
"I am going to test with a few British F3 teams in the near future," said James, "and I'm planning a two-year F3 campaign. It will be great to race with Wayne again and, hopefully, against Josef Newgarden also. It would be great for Formula Ford if the championship one and two went into F3. Josef is a very, very good driver and a very fair driver – I hope he'd say the same about me."
Cole also paid tribute to his team: "Jamun the last two years have been brilliant. The car has been awesome, my mechanic Sam brilliant, and I've learned a lot about how a team is run and a car is set up. Everything I have learned will help me in F3."
There were celebrations also at Castle Combe for Kevin Mills Racing, Daniel Cammish, and for the makers of the Spectrum chassis after the 20-year-old Yorkshireman clinched the Scholarship Class title. Both of the Combe races were won by Chrissy Palmer, who took full advantage of the wet track conditions to bring his victory tally for the season to five.
With the season completed all thoughts now turn to the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on 17th-18th October where James Cole will be aiming to complete a spectacular double.