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Haggerty to make first Festival start in five years with GBR

Ciaran Haggerty will return to the Formula Ford Festival for the first time in five years after striking a deal to race with former team Graham Brunton Racing.

Haggerty’s only previous appearance in the event came in 2014, the year he won the Scottish FF1600 championship title with GBR.

He then went on to compete in BRDC Formula 4 with GBR the following year before two years in British GT4 with McLaren.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to the Festival, and back to my roots,” Haggerty said.

“I’ve had some great success with Graham in the past and we’ve stayed close ever since we did F4.”

Haggerty has not competed in a full season campaign since 2017, although he did make a one-off SMRC FF1600 appearance last year when he raced for Graham Miller’s Rotor Racing in a Mygale.

He is also keen to make amends for what he feels was a missed opportunity to win the Festival in 2014.

“I feel like I’ve got some unfinished business with this race,” he added.

“I was running strongly in third, had won a heat, and was just waiting for the leaders to make a mistake, but I went off at Graham Hill Bend and finished 10th.

“That’s what makes the event so special, anything can happen and it’s such an adrenaline rush. I can’t wait to get back there.”

Haggerty revealed that talks with Brunton had initially started at the beginning of the year, with his former boss eager to get him back in the car at some point.

“We spoke at the start of the season, and Graham asked me if I would like to do the Festival,” Haggerty explained.

“And my answer was “of course” but it’s the age-old concern of budget so we had to sort that out first.

“It’s a great family-run team and I feel very comfortable working with them, so I was very keen to do something with them again, and what better occasion to do it than the Festival!”

GBR is expected to complete its full Festival line-up in due course, with Haggerty joining SMRC FF1600 regulars Logan Hannah and Steve Barlow for the annual Brands Hatch event.

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