Oliver White said it “feels great” to have clinched the inaugural Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford championship at Donington Park last weekend in his Souley Motorsport-entered Van Diemen RF89.
White has dominated Heritage Formula Ford since the inception of the James Beckett-administered series for pre-1993 Kent-engined cars in 2018, and was tipped as a strong title favourite this year in its first season as a points-paying championship
Needing to outscore nearest rival Jaap Blijleven across last Sunday’s two races to secure the title with a round to spare, White guaranteed himself the crown by claiming a double victory at Donington.
“It was a really good weekend, I managed to get two wins, which is great,” White told FF1600website.
“It’s been an awesome year with Brian [Soule] and Souley Motorsport. They have given me a great car every single race and it feels great to be the champion.”
White has won all-but-one of the Heritage races he has entered this season, with Tom Brown the only driver to defeat him, in the first race at Oulton Park in June.
It looked like White faced a fight on his hands to add to his victory tally at Donington when Brown – making his first Heritage appearance since Oulton – qualified on pole for the opening race.
White took the lead from Brown on the second lap in the race, which started in dry conditions, and then started to pull away before a heavy rain shower. Despite several drivers being caught out by the treacherous conditions, White cruised home to take the win.
“Race one was really tricky, half of it was dry and half was wet, so we had to adapt to the wet conditions,” said White.
The second race proved a much more straightforward affair for White, with Brown not able to start the race due to a technical issue.
White went on to claim his seventh victory of the season – and with it the Heritage crown – despite losing time on the last lap when encountering a couple of lapped cars, which enabled second-place finisher Joe Porter to close in.
“In race two, Tom [Brown] unfortunately had a problem which helped me a bit but the car was phenomenal again so it was fairly straightforward,” White added.
“I caught two backmarkers battling [on the last lap] and, rather than take the risk because there was only one dry line, I just tucked in behind them and waited for the [chequered] flag.”
With White not on the published entry list for the final Heritage round of the season this weekend at Donington Park, his next outing is likely to be at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch next month, driving his Medina Sport chassis.
He finished third in the famous Brands end-of-season event last year, just 0.337 seconds behind the winner Josh Smith in the final.