Logan Hannah will contest her first full season of Scottish FF1600 this year after signing with current champion team Graham Brunton Racing.
The Young Racing Driver Academy member made her FF1600 debut at the final Scottish round of 2018 last October, recording a best finish of seventh place in a rain-soaked first race.
Hannah then continued her development by competing in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone. The East Kilbride teenager missed out on a place in the final after contact with Stephane Lemeret at the start of the second semi-final.
“I’m really looking forward to this year, I see it as a learning year as I’m getting used to the car,” Hannah told FF1600website.
“I thought my first race weekend went well, considering I had never really driven the car before. There were a few difficult things like getting used to the gears and the clutch, like, I couldn’t even get it out of the garage the first time I was in the car, so I was a bit nervous.
“But after that, I got more and more confident in the car and was able to do a good job.”
The former Formula 4 UAE driver admitted to being fresher than she had hoped before making her debut in the Knockhill-based championship at the back-end of last season, but is satisfied with the progress she has been able to make in the short period since.
“I didn’t race much last year, only the final meeting of Scottish and the Walter Hayes Trophy. I didn’t even do any karting so I was a bit fresh. But having said that, I think this is the best championship to be in to continue my development,” Hannah added.
“I’m able to push the car a lot more now, which helps with my confidence. It’s all about getting that bit more out of the car every time and gradually pushing the limits of the car. I can’t wait to get into the races and start to battle with other drivers as well. I’ve been missing that really.”
GBR is planning to give Hannah as much pre-season testing as possible, with potential sessions at Donington and Silverstone. Despite being based at Knockhill, the team is limited to the same amount of track time as the rest of the Scottish FF1600 field, and will likely run Hannah in February at the Fife circuit.
Team boss Graham Brunton has so far been impressed with Hannah’s development since October: “Her professional approach to the debrief and the communication was, for such a young driver, absolutely refreshing. She’ll ask questions about the car and give input as well which is what you want from a driver,” he told FF1600website.
“I’d like to see her win a race, from what we’ve seen of her so far, I see absolutely no reason why Logan can’t win in Scotland this year, and we’d probably both be a little disapointed if she didn’t in all honesty.”
GBR is also set to field Steve Barlow and Gary Sykes in 2019, with one more seat to be filled. Fraser Gray, who raced in the team’s Ray GR14 last season, will compete in the Historic Formula 3 championship, racing a Ralt RT3, as once driven by 1983 FFord Festival winner Andrew Gilbert-Scott.