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JRT pair return for Triple Crown, FFord rookie joins for Festival

John Svensson’s eponymous John’s Racing Team will return to BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 this season, with Svensson and Swiss racer Pascal Monbaron competing in the Triple Crown races.

The team will run a pair of Van Diemen chassis in the championship, although of differing specification.

Svensson will race his own JL12K machine, while Monbaron will contest the series in his RF99, with JRT preparing and running the car.

Both Svensson and Monbaron competed in the Triple Crown last year, the former in the Clubman Post89 class and the latter in the top-tier Pro class.

Twice Belgian FFord champion Svensson scored three wins on his way to second overall in class for the Triple Crown last season, while Monbaron was 24th in Pro, his best finish a 12th place at Donington Park.

Monbaron is a relative newcomer to racing, having made his debut at the 2017 edition of the Walter Hayes Trophy before stepping up for a part time season in the Pro class of National FF1600 last year.

JRT also announced further 2019 programmes alongside their Triple Crown tilt, headlined by a Formula Ford Festival entry with German rookie Marcel Berndt.

Berndt, who currently competes in dirt track and stock car racing, will return to Brands Hatch for the first time since 2010. He competed in club-level prototype racing in his previous visit to the Kent circuit, with Svensson as his team-mate.

The Belgian squad will also field entries in the France-based Trophee Kent, with Georges Tomsen competing in a Van Diemen RF91.

Former FIA GT Championship racer Tom Cloet will pilot Svensson’s Van Diemen in the Continental FF1600 Mini Cup, a three race series which visits the Trophee Kent round at Dijon, plus events at Spa-Francorchamps and Zolder.

Free entry to either the Festival or Walter Hayes Trophy is awarded to the champion of the Continental FF1600 Mini Cup.

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