The HSCC Historic Formula Ford championship restarts this weekend after a month-long break.
Ben Mitchell and Cameron Jackson head the championship table with just 13 points separating them. Reigning champion Richard Tarling is also a race winner in 2018 and has a small mathematical chance of retaining his crown, but his chances are lessened by the fact that he will miss the Croft rounds in order to save some money for car maintenance.
Double champion Callum Grant is in third place in the table and also has a theoretical chance of winning the title, but he has encountered a lot of annoying problems this year and has not yet recorded a race win.
Realistically, the title fight is between Mitchell and Jackson. Merlyn driver Mitchell has five wins to Jackson’s two, but Jackson is a slightly more reliable podium finisher.
Neither has been resting during the “off-season”; Jackson has been racing his Brabham BT2 Formula Junior and his confidence will be sky-high after he put in a battling performance at the Silverstone Classic. He had to start from the back for both races, having not set a qualifying time due to technical problems. He fought his way through to seventh place in the first race, and finished runner-up in the second after a stunning drive in which he passed almost 50 cars, Tarling’s Lotus 20 among them.
Mitchell was also in action at the Classic, but did not have such a heroic weekend. He entered the Adrian Flux Trophy for Pre ‘66 Grand Prix cars in Robs Lamplough’s BRM P48, but only lasted one lap before the engine failed. He also drove a Ferrari Testarossa and a Ford Galaxie.