Trophee Formula Ford Kent class points leader Adrien Laissac will join the BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 grid at Croft this weekend, driving a Van Diemen RF99.
Laissac has been dominant in France’s national FF1600 championship this year, scoring pole position and victory in his class in every race so far.
Old School Racing Team, run by 1994 British FFord runner-up Geoffrey Horion, fields Laissac in France and is entering modern machinery in the UK for the first time with Laissac’s National FF1600 debut.
“We wanted to try something new, to try a different circuit and get involved in a much more high-level series,” Laissac told FF1600website.
“We don’t have any expectations because I never drove the car before, so we just have to try the new car and to improve the set up.
“We are coming here to do our best but we don’t have any expectation in terms of results.”
The 25-year-old is only in his first full season of car racing, having tasted FFord for the first time during a handful of Zetec races in France last year.
A motocross racer in his youth, Laissac had been karting for fun until recently, only turning to racing seriously in 2018.
Friday practice at Croft will also be the first time he has driven his team’s RF99, instead of the RF92 he uses to compete with in France.
“I haven’t driven it yet. I’m doing all the sessions [on Friday] and we will go on the track to find out if everything is working.
“Before the beginning of this season we did only two days testing [with the RF92] and then we went for the races. So I’m confident that I’m learning fast.”
Laissac’s racing schedule in the UK will also include the National season finale at Brands Hatch in September, and the Walter Hayes Trophy in November.
Horion, who raced in the FFord Festival as recently as last year, had originally planned to race the team’s Van Diemen RF99 in the previous National round at Anglesey, before withdrawing his entry at the last minute.