NATIONAL FORMULA FORD INTRODUCES ROOKIE CLASS FOR 2019
The 2019 Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship will feature a Rookie class for the first time in an effort to encourage more young racing talent to compete in the series going forwards.
Aimed at any driver who has not raced in the iconic single-seater category prior to the start of the current calendar year, it provides an opportunity to be recognised while still learning how to get the most from the cars.
Those with aspirations of building a career in the sport will still be eligible for points in the Pro section of the National Championship where, for those under 25, there is the opportunity to earn a place in the end of season Road to Indy Shootout for the chance to win a scholarship worth US$200,000 to compete in the following season’s USF2000 Championship – a prize which went to 18 year old Australian Formula Ford 1600 Champion, Hunter McElrea, in 2018.
Rookie drivers who race for fun, meanwhile, can also earn points towards the National Clubman Championship which has been streamlined for 2019 into a single class structure – previously there were separate categories for Post89 and Pre90 chassis.
The BRSCC believes the Rookie Class provides a fabulous opportunity to anyone new to Formula Ford 1600 to stand-out as they build up their experience, especially those stepping up from karting. This will also allow young drivers to compete in a cost effective single seater championship fresh out of karting or while making a switch from an existing formula.
The National Formula Ford Championship begins at Snetterton in Norfolk on the TCR UK support package on April 20/21.