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Harrison to have another go at Jackson

Samuel Harrison will have four chances to overhaul Cam Jackson at Donington this weekend, as both drivers are set to contest both the Historic and Classic Formula Ford championships.

Jackson, driving his Winkelmann, was increasingly challenged by Harrison’s Elden at Cadwell and victory was only assured when Harrison had an off in the last race of the weekend.

Harrison’s cause in Historic will be helped by the continuing absence of Linton Stutely, whose Royale RP3 is still undergoing repairs after an accident at Silverstone. Tom McArthur, another frontrunner, is also sitting out the Donington races, as is 2018 championship challenger Ben Mitchell.

Slightly further down the grid, Scott Rawlinson’s Merlyn is still being rebuilt after a dramatic testing crash on a wet track at Cadwell.

On the Classic side, Jordan Harrison (Lola T540E) will be looking to make up for a recurring suspension problem at Cadwell. Henry Chart’s Van Diemen RF81 blew an engine last time out, but he is back on the entry list and will be in the mix with Jackson.

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Benn Tilley tries Formula Ford 2000

Reigning HSCC Classic Formula 3 champion Benn Tilley is set to race in Formula Ford 2000 this weekend at Donington.

Tilley, who also won the Classic Formula Ford championship in 2019, will race a Delta T80 run by Simon Ayliff. He tested the car today (Thursday).

This will be Tilley’s first race in a FF2000 car and he will be lining up in the B qualifying group alongside 2019 champion Andrew Park and leading driver Graham Fennymore. Championship leader Benn Simms, who is Tilley’s namesake, is in the A group but is fully expecting to meet him in the race itself.

Tilley is only planning a guest spot in FF2000 this weekend, but the car should be on the grid again. Ayliff, who worked with Hall & Hall and Neil Fowler, is now running his own cars under the Ayliff Classics banner and is looking to rent the Delta out again.

Qualifying for Tilley will be at 12:15 on Saturday.

(Image copyright Ayliff Classics)

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Historic Formula Ford HSCC News

Huge Historic grid expected for Silverstone

The HSCC Historic Formula Ford championship will field an impressive grid of almost 40 cars for the Silverstone International Trophy.

The provisional entry list, released earlier today, has 39 cars on it, including early championship front-runners Cam Jackson (Winkelmann) and Linton Stutely (Royale RP3). Tom MacArthur, who was in the mix at Snetterton, is not down to race, but Callum Grant is going to be out in his Merlyn Mk20 and will be able to renew his rivalry with 2018 championship contender Ben Mitchell, also in a Merlyn for the first time since the 2020 Walter Hayes Trophy.

The exhaust troubles that put Sam Mitchell out of the running at Snetterton appear to have been dealt with and he will go up against his brother for the first time in several seasons, driving the family Merlyn.

A notable new face on the grid is BTCC racer and team owner Shaun Hollamby, who has owned his Jamun T3 for a while now and is set to race it in anger on the International circuit.

Among the familiar returning names is former championsip chairman Dick Dixon, whose yellow Lotus 61 has been absent for a while.

On-track action starts with qualifying at 9am on Saturday 22nd May. Race 1 is scheduled for 12:45.

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Classic Formula Ford News

Classic races at Silverstone cancelled

Upcoming races for the Classic Formula Ford Championship at the Silverstone International Trophy have been cancelled due to low entries.

The Classic series had been due to join the bill on the 22nd and 23rd of May, alongside Historic Formula Ford and a host of other HSCC championships on Silverstone’s International circuit.

Historic Formula 2 will take the place of Classic FF1600 on the schedule.

There has been some anger expressed online due to the fact that entries for Silverstone had not even closed when the decision had been made. However, potential entrants had been warned that cancellation was on the cards if numbers were not high enough.

It is not clear whether the races will be rescheduled later in the year.

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The season starts at Snetterton

Vintage Formula Ford fires up into action tomorrow at Snetterton, both on-track and here online

Following a year’s delay, Snetterton will finally host the Jim Russell Trophy from tomorrow (17th April).

HSCC Historic Formula Ford, Classic Formula Ford and Historic FF2000 will all be in action, plus some Classic FF2000 cars up against the Classic F3 grid.

The Jim Russell Trophy Meeting should have opened the 2020 season as a tribute to racing school founder Russell, who died in 2019, but lockdown intervened. Snetterton was chosen as the venue due to the Jim Russell Racing School being founded there in 1956.

Two special trophies will be awarded on Saturday. The Jim Russell Trophy itself will go to the winner of the first Classic FF1600 race, and the Norman Greenway Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the first Historic FF1600 race.

Norman Greenway was Snetterton’s regular commentator for many years and is still fondly remembered. His widow Barbara and daughter Lee will be present, alongside Jennifer Russell. Barbara Greenway herself once raced a Formula Ford at Snetterton in 1985 as part of the Esso Ladies’ Race, itself a Jim Russell Racing School event and probably the first all-female single-seater race in the UK.