Historic racer and preparation expert Simon Hadfield will make a guest appearance in the BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern FF1600 Championship at Mallory Park this weekend.
Hadfield, based near Loughborough, will take to one of his local tracks in a Lotus 51, one of the first batch of FFords ever built and based on an earlier Lotus 31 chassis.
He has owned the car for some time but not had much opportunity to race it. He originally planned to contest the Brands Hatch Masters this weekend, but his car-owning driving partner Leo Voyazides was unable to make it for personal reasons. “So we thought we’d come out to play,” said Hadfield earlier today.
Despite being more regularly seen in Voyazides’ black-and-white AC Cobra or a classic Aston Martin, Hadfield is a regular in the FFord paddock. Usually, he will be running Rudolf Ernst’s Titan at HSCC meetings, but he occasionally races himself.
Last year, he won a round of the BARC Classic FFord championship at Silverstone, driving his own Titan Mk6.
James Hadfield will be joining his father on the grid in a much later car: a 21st century Van Diemen RF03. This is a recently-acquired project and the Mallory event will be its first race appearance.
The grid for the second round of the Northern FF1600 season looks noticeably different to the Oulton Park season opener, with BRSCC National FF1600 teams Team Dolan and B-M Racing not present with any of its drivers.