The BRSCC’s biggest event of the year will be even bigger in 2021 – this is the one that many race fans up and down the UK wait for with great anticipation and this year, it has a reason to celebrate in a big way. Brands Hatch in October means only one thing – the legendary BRSCC Formula Ford Festival with this year marking the historic 50th running of this incredible event.
The Formula Ford Festival is the original knockout-style single-seater event that has existed since 1972 when it was first run at Snetterton in Norfolk. After four years, the Festival moved to Brands Hatch in Kent on the Indy Circuit, where it has stayed ever since and written itself into the pages of motorsport history. It’s been an event that has served as a launchpad for top racing stars, with winners such as Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Eddie Irvine, Johnny Herbert, Anthony Davidson and Roberto Moreno all succeeding here and moving on to the very top of the sport, while other notable names who competed in their careers include Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen among many others.
The format is simple – drivers compete in allocated heats on Saturday and attempt to race their way through to the semi-finals on Sunday, hoping to book an automatic place on the grid for the all-important Grand Final on Sunday afternoon. There’s also a Last Chance race for anyone failing to automatically qualify to join the back of the Final grid, plus a Historic final for all older Kent engined chassis to contest for their own little slice of Festival glory. Whoever wins the Grand Final will join a prestigious list of champions and have their name forever etched onto the Neil Shanahan Trophy. It’s an amazing event which will thrill from start to finish and produce every kind of emotion in one weekend, so make sure you’re in attendance as it is truly one of the highlights of the British motorsport calendar.
Support on this weekend comes from the ever-packed BRSCC Mazda paddock, with the Mazda MX-5 Championship, Mazda MX-5 Clubman Championship and MX-5 SuperCup all looking to settle scores in their final rounds of 2021. Last year, the MX-5 Championship and SuperCup both produced dramatic and thrilling finales with Joe Wiggin and Samuel Smith coming away as respective champions. Whether or not there’s set to be the same level of drama remains to be seen, but with Mazda MX-5 racing, anything can happen – and it usually does! This weekend will also see us crown our first MX-5 Clubman champion too.
Also adding an extra dose of class and prestige to the event will be the superb Aston Martin Owners Club, whose racing division will provide five of their six championships and series to join the timetable. Between them will be an excellent mix of classic and modern racing machinery with historic fans catered for courtesy of the Innes Ireland Cup and Jack Fairman Cup for touring cars, GTs and sports cars from the 1950s and 1960s, while the Intermarques, GT Challenge and GT4 Challenge will produce a fine variety of contemporary cars such as a superb quota of Aston Martins which are certain to be joined by a mix of cars from other well-know high performance marques such as Ferrari, Porsche and BMW to name a few.
Join us for the BRSCC’s blue-riband event as we celebrate the 50th running of the legendary Formula Ford Festival!