Double HSCC Historic Formula Ford champion Callum Grant was in action at Brands Hatch last weekend, but not in his trademark orange Merlyn Mk20 FF1600 car.
Grant finished second in the Guards Trophy championship for sportscars, sharing an Elva Mk7S with fellow FF1600 racer Max Bartell.
Having won the 2012 and 2016 titles, Grant has now given up on another title attempt and will probably only race the Merlyn again once, at Anglesey in a fortnight’s time.
“I want to be up with Cameron [Jackson], I don’t want to be fighting for second,” a reflective Grant told FF1600website at Cadwell Park.
“The gap’s too big to the front and I need to work on the car, get it right before I bring it out, otherwise I’m wasting my time. They’ve just got a better car. It’s quite simple.”
Barring some car issues, Grant has been relatively strong this year in Historic FFord, but has not been on the pace set by Neil Fowler Motorsport driver Cameron Jackson in his Winkelmann.
Grant wants to work more on his car before trying again.
“We just need to work harder, and put a lot more money into it, which we have to save up for these days.
“When you’re racing someone like Cameron… there’s no excuses.”
One of Grant’s other chief rivals this year has been relative newcomer and Classic Team Merlyn driver Pierre Livingston. The pair fought hard for position at Cadwell and Grant holds Bath undergraduate Livingston in high regard.
“He’s actually matured a lot in the last two races. Give him another six months, I think he’ll be up with Cameron.”
As well as his FF1600 outing at Anglesey, Grant is planning another run in the Guards Trophy, this time driving a Marcos with Ian Pearson.