BRSCC Formula Ford Festival

One of the world's greatest and most competitive single-seater competitions and the centrepiece of the BRSCC season!

Next Event Brands Hatch Indy

2024 BRSCC FORMULA FORD FESTIVAL

19 October 2024 - 20 October 2024

115 : 19 : 02
DAYS HOURS MINS

2024 CALENDAR

Rounds Date Circuit Format Price Links
2024 BRSCC Formula Ford Festival (Sat / Sun) 19 Oct 2024 -
20 Oct 2024
Brands Hatch Indy TBC TBC
Event Date Circuit Results
2023 21 Oct 2023 -
22 Oct 2023
Brands Hatch Indy View PDF
2022 22 Oct 2022 -
23 Oct 2022
Brands Hatch Indy View PDF
2021 30 Oct 2021 -
31 Oct 2021
Brands Hatch Indy View PDF
2020 24 Oct 2020 -
25 Oct 2020
Brands Hatch Indy View PDF
2019 26 Oct 2019 -
27 Oct 2019
Brands Hatch Indy View PDF

About the BRSCC Formula Ford Festival

 

The BRSCC Formula Ford Festival is one of the world’s greatest motorsport competitions and an event that has stood the test of time for decades, with the 2023 edition set to be its 52nd running and the 48th to do so at Brands Hatch in Kent. It’s seen many great and lauded drivers pass through on their way to great achievements in their racing careers and anyone who has been lucky enough to win is automatically recognised as a talented racer.

The event began back in 1972 as an idea formed by the then BRSCC Executive Director Peter Browning along with Barry Mercer, Jim Russell and Peter Copper, who all agreed that after five years of consistent growth from Formula Ford since its inception in 1967, a dedicated meeting just for Formula Fords was required. Originally codenamed the “Formula Ford Knockout”, the name was altered to that which we’ve known and loved to this day – the Formula Ford Festival and with some 200 cars anticipated to turn up to Snetterton in Norfolk and a £2,000 prize pot to be won (the equivalent of just over £23,000 in today’s money!), the first Festival was a roaring success, with Ian Taylor its first victor. The Festival remained the same for the next three years until it was decided to switch venues for 1976, choosing instead to take place at Formula Ford’s spiritual home of Brands Hatch, scene of the category’s first-ever race in its birth year of 1967. The Indy circuit was chosen as the layout and that’s how it’s remained to the present day. The Festival truly was the first knock-out style junior single-seater race event of its kind!

The format of the Festival is simple – drivers are allocated into heats which take place on the Saturday of the event with qualifying taking place for each in the morning. Those who automatically make it through to Sunday’s races head into one of two semi-finals, where the competition gets even more intense. Limited automatic qualifying spots mean the racing usually gets faster and more frantic than the day before, but those who are successful get their chance to write their name into the history books by lining up for the all-important Grand Final on Sunday afternoon. Those who don’t make it through first time in the semi-finals get another shot at progressing thanks to the Last Chance Race, a quick sprint over just a handful of laps to determine the last qualifiers that will start at the back of the Grand Final grid. Usually, the most contemporary and modern cars dominate the head of the field, but the Festival welcomes any and all Kent-engined chassis to race and those who enter with older machinery can still battle for their own glory courtesy of a dedicated Historic Final. Therefore, the event ensures that whatever the vintage of car you bring, you’ll always have something to race for!

Many a famous name has chosen the Festival to announce themselves onto the world stage of motorsport, with the most notable winners including 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, race winners Mark Webber, Eddie Irvine and Johnny Herbert, as well as fellow F1 stars Anthony Davidson, Roberto Moreno, Roland Ratzenberger and more. Plus, it’s not just those who win that are known for competing in this event, as many more stars have progressed to great things despite not winning the Festival, including world champions Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Nigel Mansell and Kimi Raikkonen, plus the likes of Alain Menu, Derek Warwick, Mark Blundell, Allan McNish, David Coulthard, Dan Wheldon, Danica Patrick and even Carlos Sainz Sr! While recent winners haven’t quite moved on to reach the dizzying heights of F1, they have taken their talents to British F3, British GT, ELMS and even stateside on the Road to Indy – proof that the Festival is still an important competition for young drivers to win if they wish to prove their skills.

For information such as classes and contact details for teams that can run cars in the Formula Ford Festival, make sure to check out the respective tabs found underneath the contact form.

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Esther Crook - National Formula Ford Championship Co-ordinator 07713 165935 Send Email
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DESCRIPTION DETAILS
P Class Kent-engined Formula Ford chassis built in 1999 or younger
Super Classic A Kent-engined Formula Ford chassis built between 1998 and 1990
Super Classic B Kent-engined Formula Ford chassis built between 1989 and 1982
Super Classic C Kent-engined Formula Ford chassis built between 1981 and 1972
Super Classic D Kent-engined Formula Ford chassis built before 1972
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