24 young drivers got a taste of Formula Ford at Rockingham on Tuesday. Photo: Image Vaults.

Formula Ford will next year boast one of the richest prize funds in British motorsport, a £30,000 cash prize fund set to embellish the appeal of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.

The prize fund was among a number of enhancements announced on Tuesday) at Rockingham, venue for the championship’s annual Sampler Day. A total of 24 would-be competitors took to the Northamptonshire speedway to get a taste of the EcoBoost Formula Ford car.

Gerard Quinn, Head of Ford Racing in Europe, said: “The drivers in Formula Ford next year will have some great incentives, not the least of which will be the chance to win their share of a £30,000 cash prize fund. It has been a delight today to see so many young racers enjoying their first taste of the EcoBoost Formula Ford and being so positive and complimentary about the car. It bodes well for a great season in 2014. I am excited to be starting our 48th year of this fantastic race series.”

Formula Ford 2014 will feature 30 races at 10 rounds alongside the biggest attraction in UK motorsport, the British Touring Car Championship. The championship will boast live coverage on ITV4 as well as bumper trackside spectator attendance.
Another innovation for the coming season is the introduction of a reverse grid for the second race of each weekend. “The second-race reverse grid will bring Formula Ford in line with the sporting regulations of many international single-seater series,” added Quinn. “I am pleased also to announce that the championship’s technical regulations will remain unchanged for the coming season, giving teams and drivers a stable cost platform on which to budget. And it is important to note that the costs of competing in Formula Ford are completely transparent.”

The Formula Ford championship manager, Sam Roach of RacingLine, summed up the Sampler Day thus: “As always it has proved an extremely successful exercise to put together prospective drivers with the teams and, most importantly, the EcoBoost Formula Ford car itself. Great to see so many drivers going home happy and with something to think about – hopefully we will start to see those positive attitudes progressing into firm commitments in the near future.”

For a full report on some of the drivers who took the opportunity to sample Formula Ford at Rockingham on Tuesday, visit FORMULA FORD SAMPLER DAY

Formula Ford’s established teams are now putting together their programmes for pre-season testing and championship co-ordinator Penny Mattocks ( is on call to place prospective competitors who may have missed the Sampler Day.


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