Ross Martin has revealed he will remain in Formula Ford for a second season in 2018 unless the outcome of last weekend’s Mazda Road to Indy Shootout in Arizona earns him an American seat.
The 17-year-old former British Formula 4 driver cruised to the Scottish FF1600 championship in 2017 with Graham Brunton Racing, wrapping up the title with a round to spare and cementing a place in the MRTI event.
Keith Donegan won the MRTI event and a $200,000 scholarship to race in the USF2000 series, with the shootout taking place on December 9-10.
Martin is still keeping his 2018 options open, with a continued partnership with GBR in Britcover National FF1600 on the cards should he opt to remain UK-based.
“Right now I’m just concentrating on doing the best I can for Mazda Road to Indy,” said Martin.
“I won’t be making any firm decision until after the Shootout. But I’ll definitely be doing Formula Ford next year in one form or another.
“If things go well in December, I could be moving out there for a year at least.
“If I stay here, then I’ll be staying with Graham. I’d like to do a full season of National next year and give it a crack.”
Martin stepped down to FF1600 this season after spending almost a full year on the sidelines as budget problems with the Formula Kart Stars programme curtailed his F4 drive with Fortec in early 2016.
Now with a title in the bag and increased FF1600 experience, Martin is ready to learn from the best in order to beat them.
“I’ve learned so much from the National guys this year. There’s drivers like Joey Foster who have been in Formula Ford since before I began karting and they’ve got so much experience.
“It certainly develops you as a driver. The semi-final at the Walter Hayes was probably one of the craziest races I’ve ever been involved in. Not in a bad way, it was just good, close racing.
“FF1600 is probably the hardest racing you can do in your career and it definitely pushes you to become a more rounded driver.”