BRSCC Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship team B-M Racing has signed 14-year-old Tom Ward as an apprentice driver, with the intention of him racing for the team in 2020.
Ward made his car racing debut back in June at Rockingham in the Junior Saloon Car Championship, taking pole position and two second places in the races.
He plans to contest the rest of that championship, which is open to 14- to 17-year-olds and uses Citroen Saxo VTRs, while simultaneously testing with B-M Racing in preparation for his 2020 debut.
The testing programme will start in September, once Medina has completed the production of the #4 chassis, to be designated as a JL18, and will be based primarily at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland.
Testing will then switch to chassis #5, possibly the first JL19 chassis, and the car Ward will eventually race in.
Ward will turn 16 in February 2010, the minimum age required to race in FF1600. He has bypassed age restrictions before, getting a special license to compete in International Senior karting when he was just 13.
Father-and-son team Andy and Chris Middlehurst – who won FF1600 titles in 1982 and 2011 respectively – support Ward’s career, and Middlehurst Motorsport often runs in partnership with B-M Racing in the category.
Chris Middlehurst entered the Brands Hatch National round this year, taking two top 10 finishes, and was fifth in last year’s FFord Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy.