The Formula Ford Festival will this year be live streamed in full for the first time as its organiser, BRSCC, increases its investment in the event.
The traditional end-of-season Festival – the latest of which takes place at Brands Hatch on October 26 and 27 – is one of the largest Formula Ford events on the calendar with drivers from all over the world attending.
And in a bid to maximise the meeting’s outreach to drivers, teams and spectators, the BRSCC will this year for the first time live stream every race across the weekend.
“The Formula Ford Festival is a truly historic event which has had a variety of motorsport legends appear on its grid,” said BRSCC chairman Peter Daly.
“But we know we need to invest in the event to ensure it continues to attract large grids and interest grows in both the Festival and the National FF1600 Championship.
“The BRSCC has committed to having a live stream of the whole Formula Ford Festival event for the first time as well as setting up a project team to promote both this year’s Festival weekend, but more importantly to put in the foundations on which to build the promotion of future events.”
This year’s Festival will also feature a new ‘Heats Last Chance Race’ that will allow the 30 quickest drivers who did not get through the heats to have one last attempt at making the semi-finals. This will take place at 3:15pm on the event’s Saturday.
“We want to give drivers as much track time and chances as possible,” added BRSCC’s competitions director Dominic Ostrowski.
“We know there are many Formula Ford cars out there and it would be great to see maximum numbers of cars at this year’s Festival.
“The Formula Ford Festival has a unique atmosphere which everyone enjoys, and we want to secure future success for this historic event.”
The Formula Ford Festival has been held annually since 1972 and has been hosted at its spiritual home of Brands Hatch since 1976. Its previous winners include Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Eddie Irvine, while Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden have also appeared on the grid.
Last year’s event was won by Josh Smith, who now competes in the British GT championship and is part of McLaren’s young driver programme.