Cameron Jackson will return to the HSCC Historic Formula Ford championship this year to defend his title, driving an unusual Winkelmann car.
Jackson won the 2018 title in a Lola T200, defeating Merlyn driver Ben Mitchell in the penultimate race of the season. He had not planned on going for a second championship but was intrigued by the challenge of the “quirky” Winkelmann.
The car was previously owned by former European Formula 2 driver Robs Lamplough, himself a Historic FFord competitor. Winkelmanns were mainly sold and raced in the USA in-period; models made in the UK were marketed as Palliser. Most Winkelmann-badged cars are still in America, with only a handful in Europe.
Jackson described himself as “pleasantly surprised” by the car’s pace in testing and he will be aiming for wins.
“It’s a very different car,” he said. “It appears to be quick.”
“There are so many different chassis that are capable of winning.
“People have these deeply-held beliefs about what’s fast but there’s not a lot between chassis.”
Jackson still plans to drive his Van Diemen RF07 in 2019 and is hoping to try his hand at a round of the National championship later in the year in preparation for November’s Walter Hayes Trophy. In the shorter term, he will be racing a Crossle sportscar at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting in April.
Last year Jackson also starred in Formula Junior, where he broke several lap records and competed at Goodwood in his Brabham BT2.