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Huge entry for this weekend's Formula Ford Festival

Wednesday, October 19 2016

A huge entry will contest this year's 45th running of the Formula Ford Festival on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit this weekend (22/23 October).

More than 60 cars have been entered for the main Festival races, split into three classes for post-1989, pre-1990 and pre-1982 Kent-engined cars from the category's golden era of close racing from packed grids.

The Formula Ford Festival's halcyon era brought the best drivers from the world's various national championships together. Following the modern category's demise in 2014, a new Formula Ford movement, concentrated on the classic Kent-engined cars and regional championships, has become a cost-effective route into motorsport. This has revitalised the Festival as a competition for the best club single-seater drivers in the UK and Ireland, and numbers have soared as a result.

The entry list also includes Formula Ford veterans returning to the category for an end-of-season special and this includes former Festival winners Joey Foster (2003), Scott Malvern (2011) and Niall Murray (2013).

Other former single-seater aces taking part this weekend include 2008 National Formula 3 Champion Jay Bridger and 2013 Formula Renault BARC Champion Chris Middlehurst, whose father Andy, a former BTCC and current historic F1 driver, will be taking part in the FFord Masters race along with Bridger and 1999 Formula Palmer Audi Champion Richard Tarling. The latter will also be contesting the Classic FFord race for late 70s and early 80s cars.

The list of competitors also includes former BTCC racers Martin Byford and Eoin Murray, who will be competing in the heats to secure a place in the final and perhaps add their name to an illustrious list that includes Grand Prix winners Johnny Herbert and Eddie Irvine, F1 World Champion Jenson Button, WEC Champions Anthony Davidson and Mark Webber, and Le Mans winner Nick Tandy.

Click here to download the entry list.

The Festival will also feature supporting races with a heavy Ford emphasis. Sports 2000 was created as a sportscar equivalent to Formula Ford, and there are also races for Fiestas and the Ireland-based ASK Supercars Touring Car series.

Tickets for the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch are available on the gate for £15 each day with free entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.