The first of two slightly belated weekend roundup posts features Formula Ford 1600 racer Chris Porritt, who started five races over the long weekend in his Lola T200.
He started the weekend with a seventh place in the Champion of Brands event on Friday, as the only pre-’72 car on the grid. The winner was Matt Rivett in a 1991 Van Diemen, followed by James Hadfield in a Van Diemen RF03. Hadfield appears occasionally in Classic Formula Ford and races a number of historic cars alongside his father, Simon.
“I had a bit of fun with my old girl with the newer cars,” is Porritt’s take on the Friday race.
“The only difference [with modern cars] is that they’re very narrow, so they create much less slipstream than an older car. So with an old car, they can all just queue up behind me and just drive past me on the straight!”
He is used to multiple starts during a weekend.
“I normally race a car in the Aurora series as well as Formula Ford.
“It’s a little bit less stressful in one car, unless the races are directly one after the other, like they were at Donington.”
Wear and tear on a car can also be a factor when it is getting this much use, but Porritt isn’t too worried.
“I’ve got some spares for this car if I need them. And I’m not super hard on it, like the boys at the front.”
He will next be in action at the Silverstone Classic, driving in the Formula 2 race.
Image courtesy of Dan Bichener