Juno-backed plans for a Spanish FF1600 series revealed

Provisional plans have been drafted for a winter Formula Ford 1600 championship to take place in Spain in 2019.

Four circuits have been touted for the series, including Formula 1 testing venue Jerez, with a late February/early March date earmarked for the proposed series.

Other venues of interest include Ascari, Gaudix and Almeria, all in the Andalusia region of southern Spain.

A four-class system has been put forward, with the top class for Juno’s latest FF1600 car, which can be leased directly from the French firm, exclusively for the first two seasons, then rival brands with Post89 chassis thereon.

Juno was founded by former Williams Formula 1 engineer Ewan Baldry in 1999 in Britain. Two years ago it relocated to Portugal under new owner Nuno Magalhaes.

The company has 10 of its FF1600 S18 chassis ready to run, as well as a supply of tyres. It is also believed there will be a prize pot of €1750 (£1572) per race that will be divided between the top five finishers, and an end of season prize from Juno.

Class B would be for second hand Post89 chassis, structured similarly to the BRSCC National championship’s Clubman Post89 class. Classes C and D would be for Pre90 and Historic cars.

FF1600 is not new to Spain, which had a national FFord championship in the 1980s and ’90s. Its current entry level single-seater championship is Spanish Formula 4, which counts former Red Bull junior Richard Verschoor and current Renault F1 junior Christian Lundgaard among its champions.

Spain’s neighbouring country Portugal has had a far more vibrant FF1600 scene, having had a championship since the 1970s and races in Spain of late.

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