Like in 2018, it looks like the latest season of the BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern Formula Ford Championship will be B-M Racing’s to lose.
The team triumphed in two of its Northern-based ventures last year, but failed to clinch the Northern title itself as lead driver Rory Smith missed three of the seven rounds.
Worryingly for the championship, there was only one full-time entrant each for the Post-’89 and Pre-’90 classes, the latter of whom didn’t even win his class title.
There are 22 cars lined up for the ’19 season opener at Oulton Park, with 11 Post-’89 machines, so there is cause for optimism.
B-M Racing has five cars on the grid, including National pair Smith and Nicole Woods, McArthur brothers David and Tom, and their dad Neil. All are proven frontrunners in the championship bar racing rookie Woods, who will be using the Northern championship as a valuable source of experience.
Reigning champion of the National FFord championship, Team Dolan will also be rocking up to Oulton with its four-strong 2019 National line-up.
Two-time Scottish FFord champion Ross Martin leads the way, and does have relevant experience of Oulton. Jamie Sharp and Morgan Quinn have also raced at the circuit in British F4 and the Ginetta GT5 Challenge respectively, while Adam Quartermaine has never visited the circuit in his decade racing in FF1600.
The Snetterton-based Irish squad isn’t set to follow up its Oulton appearance though, leaving just four cars to rival B-M Racing across the season.
Former Dolan man Jack Wolfenden will be favourite to prop up that fight in a Firman RFR17, a car he initially struggled with but should be used to now with a year of driving it under his belt.
Nigel Dolan, a close fourth in the 2018 standings, is back with his Van Diemen JL012K but is still yet to win a race despite his longevity in the championship, and Seamus Wild will be looking to have a stronger year than in 2018 where in one weekend he was excluded from one race and failed to start the other.
Bruceie will be favourite in the Pre-’90 class, despite his failure to win the ’18 title, but he’ll be confident in the knowledge that none of his fellow championship returnees are likely to complete full campaigns or be consistent class-winning threats.
There’s some new entrants too, most interesting of which is Ian Schofield. Originally down to drive a Mygale in the Post-’89 class, he’s now set to race a Reynard 89FF. It would be the newest car in its class, and therefore should be one of the quickest.
Reliability problems will be of additional significance this year, with all but one of the seven rounds being a single-day event.
The subclass designations for older cars this year has also been adjusted, and the Super Classic name last used for the BRSCC’s old national Pre-’90 series has been revived.
The championship’s new class breakdown is:
- P Class for Post-’98 cars
- Super Classic A (SCA) for 1.1.90 to 31.12.98
- Super Classic B (SCB) for 1.1.82 to 31.12.89
- Super Classic C (SCC) for 1.1.72 to 31.12.81 (i.e. Classic FF1600)
- Super Classic D (SCD) for Pre-’72 (i.e. Historic FF1600)
Those in the P Class must run Avon ACB10 tyres while competitors in the other four classes can run on Avon ACB9 or ACB10 tyres, based on their choice.
|1||Oulton Park Island||13 April|
|2||Mallory Park||25 May|
|4||Oulton Park International||3 August|
|6||Oulton Park International||12 October|