Heritage Formula Ford has a new title sponsor for 2019 in the shape of the Zig Zag Lighting Company, a business co-founded by regular FF1600 competitor Neil Hunt.
The championship in 2019 will therefore be titled the Zig Zag Lighting Company Heritage Formula Ford Championship. This year also is Heritage FF1600’s first season as a points-paying championship, having been a series for its inaugural campaign last year.
Heritage, for pre-1993 Kent-engined cars, was backed in 2018 with Jack Cavill sponsorship, at the behest of Cavill’s son John. Jack Cavill was vital in supporting the early careers of several notable drivers going back to the 1960s and John has since followed his father’s example by supporting a large number of drivers and series.
“We can welcome a new championship sponsor, which is great,” Heritage FF1600 organiser James Beckett told FF1600 website. “Neil is a regular competitor, he’s got his Mondiale, he drives for Dave Morgan Motorsports, and he’ll do all rounds of the championship. He also is doing the Champion of Brands on the Sunday [at Donington Park].”
Last year Hunt participated in four of the five Heritage rounds, twice in a Mondiale M92 and twice in a Van Diemen RF90.
“He’s been a Formula Ford-ster for many many years, very supportive of races in the north-west, particularly at Oulton Park,” Beckett continued. “He was keen step up to the plate and help Heritage in its second year and its first year as a championship.
“We were very grateful to John Cavill last year for helping with the Jack Cavill branding, and John will be continuing his support.”
A 24-car entry list has been confirmed for Saturday’s Heritage season-opening double-header round at Donington . It includes Ollie White in a Van Diemen RF89, who won five Heritage races last season, and Richard Tarling in a Jamun, who beat White in 2018’s season-closing Brands Hatch race.
It also features the Janet Cesar Trophy-winner from last year’s Walter Hayes, Callum Grant in his Van Diemen RF91, as well as Conor Murphy in his Mondiale M89.