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Logan Hannah: ‘FF1600 the perfect preparation for W Series step’

Graham Brunton Racing’s Logan Hannah believes her forthcoming first full season of Scottish Formula Ford 1600 is the “perfect step” for a possible graduation to the W Series in 2020.

The Arden Young Driver Academy member made her FF1600 debut at the final round of the Knockhill-based championship last October, and this season with GBR will embark on her first full year of racing since 2017.

Having impressed in testing so far, 17-year-old Hannah, who previously competed in Formula 4 UAE, sees this year as a learning experience while still keeping her eyes on the all-female W Series as a potential next step.

“FF1600 is about learning the car and getting a solid understanding of how a car works,” Hannah told FF1600website.

“You learn so much about mechanical grip and driving without aero. The team have been great at helping me out with that and they’re always happy to answer any questions I have about the car.”

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On the prospect of racing in the W Series in the future, Hannah added: “I’ve never had a strong budget and it has always been difficult to break into the sport, so we’ll see what happens. It’s certainly something which is giving women all over the world a chance to go racing this year with its free entry.

“Right now, it’s a bit too early to say what I’ll do, but if an opportunity comes up by the end of the year, let’s say, I’d definitely take it.”

Hannah has been limited to less than two days of dry testing since October, but has impressed team boss Graham Brunton with her ability to adapt to a new car in variable conditions.

“Logan is very quick and has such a professional attitude to her racing. She’s not afraid to ask me or [Team Manager] Craig [Brunton] questions if she’s not sure of something. I think she’ll surprise a few and be on the pace from the start,” Graham Brunton told FF1600website.

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“Testing has gone really well, although there’s still a few things to address before the start of the season,” Hannah added. “I’ve been able to consistently bring down my times since October and I am feeling more comfortable in the car now.

“I’ve only had one-and-a-bit days of dry running but I’ve always enjoyed driving in the wet. The car moves around a lot more and you’re able to feel how it behaves and get used to it sliding.

“I haven’t set any objectives just yet as I haven’t had that much time in the car. I don’t think we’re that far off being at the front based on our testing times, but you never know. We’ll probably get a good idea of where we are on the Saturday [test] before the first round.”

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