Formula Ford 1600, the category powered by the legendary 1600cc “Kent” engine has been in operation for over 50 years since its inception. The formula continues to be the ideal first step into single-seater racing and the BRSCC caters for both career minded & ‘club’ drivers by offering National, Regional and Circuit-based Championships. These have one major common theme in that they enable competitors to enjoy their racing in a very competitive but friendly environment.
With aerodynamic aids banned, young up and coming drivers can learn how to maximise mechanical grip before moving on to more advanced categories while, for those who compete for fun, the lack of wings makes it possible for a pursuing car to follow the one ahead closely around a corner. This results in fantastic multi-car battles taking place in just about every race.
The regulations have hardly changed since they were drawn up way back in 1967 which leads to a wide range of cars being available to take part – no need to buy a brand new chassis if you don’t have the budget.
Despite this continuity, the formula is under-going major changes which has seen a boom in entries, particularly in the Pro National Championship. This began when it was nominated as one of 16 World-wide feeder series for the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200k Scholarship Shootout at which the winner receives a $200,000 scholarship to graduate into the following year’s Cooper Tyres USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the first step on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tyres.
The process to make the category even more attractive is ongoing and the BRSCC has been liaising closely with those involved with Formula Ford 1600. From 2017, the Pro National Championship switched from 2 X 20 minute race weekends to a 3 X 15 minute race format. This promised even more excitement for drivers and spectators, especially as the first 8 places on the third grid were mixed-up.
Meanwhile, to ease travel costs and make budgets go further, the BRSCC also run the following Championships.
Clubman National Championship: To help those with limited funds compete in the National Championship, 2017 saw the introduction of the Clubman series which offers a lower cost nationwide competition.
Triple Crown: To cater for drivers in the Midlands and the South, we have the Formula Ford 1600 Triple Crown. In 2019, this will comprise of a trio of tripleheaders at Snetterton, Brands Hatch and Silverstone.
Tourist Trophy: Another introduction from 2017, this will visit circuits in three of the Home Nations – Oulton Park, Anglesey and Kirkistown.
Formula Ford Festival: The season concludes with the category’s centrepiece event of the year – the prestigious and long-standing Formula Ford Festival.
BRSCC Formula Ford racing is tough, close and very cost effective and for over 50 years has proved to be the ideal training ground for young drivers looking to progress up the motorsport career ladder.
|1||20 Apr 2019 - 21 Apr 2019||Snetterton 300||Event|
|2||11 May 2019 - 11 May 2019||Oulton Park International||Event|
|3||08 Jun 2019 - 09 Jun 2019||Anglesey International||Event|
|4||06 Jul 2019 - 07 Jul 2019||Croft||Event|
|5||27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019||Brands Hatch Indy||Event|
|6||23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019||Kirkistown||Event|
|7||14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019||Silverstone National||Event|
|8||28 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019||Brands Hatch Indy||Event|
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