JAYDE KRUGER ANNOUNCES FORMULA FORD RETURN
Another Formula Ford front-runner from last season – South African star Jayde Kruger – is to return for a full tilt at the championship title. Jayde, who turns 26 next month, is the third race-winning driver from 2013 to commit to the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain for a further season, joining Harrison Scott and Juan Rosso on the grid.
Jayde will drive the same Investchem-backed Mygale chassis he raced last season, but has yet to choose which team will prepare the car for him. Mountune will build Kruger’s EcoBoost engine.
“I learned a lot about the circuits last year, having never been to any of them before,” said Johannesburg-based Jayde, “and of course in 2013 I learned about driving a turbo car, which was a bit different for me, and about setting up the car, so I will start this season off with all that knowledge – a better foundation.
“But I will be with a different team, and up against some difficult drivers to beat, like Harrison and Juan, so it’s not going to be easy. I will have a Mountune engine and the car is being stripped down now. Lots of stuff has been found where we can make improvements and hopefully by the end of March we will have a car that is quick enough to allow us to walk away like [2013 Champion Dan] Cammish did.”
Kruger hopes to be able to start pre-season testing before the end of February, weather permitting.
Jayde came into British Formula Ford mid-way through the 2013 season having twice won the South African Formula Ford title, as well as the SA Formula Volkswagen crown on three occasions. He finished on the podium at Oulton Park on his debut with Jamun Racing and went on to win for the first time at Silverstone in September; he placed sixth in the championship despite his late start.
“We are more than delighted to welcome Jayde back to Formula Ford,” said championship manager Sam Roach of RacingLine. “In addition to the new drivers coming into the championship there are some real heavy-hitters from last year returning also and it is going to make for some close and competitive racing.”
Brands Hatch on the last weekend in March will see the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain back in action alongside the BTCC for the start of a live-televised 30-race season to distribute a £30,000 cash prize fund.