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Past masters and young chargers set for Formula Ford Festival

Monday, October 25 2021

A massive entry of single-seater racers, including past masters from the sport's history, will descend upon Brands Hatch for the 50th edition of the world-famous Formula Ford Festival this weekend (30/31 October).

More than 95 competitors will battle for one of the most prestigious titles in British club-level motorsport, with drivers needing to battle through heats, progression races and semi-finals for a chance to compete for the overall crown on Sunday afternoon. The Formula Ford Festival is a late-season favourite on the national calendar, with previous winners including Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Johnny Herbert.

Stars of this year's Festival will include several high-profile winners from the event's earlier years. These include 1980 Formula Ford Festival victor Roberto Moreno, later a star of Formula 1 with Benetton, Jordan and Minardi and an IndyCar race-winner. The Brazilian will race a Van Diemen RF80, in a similar spec to that in which he won the Festival 41 years ago.

Another returning hero is 1992 Formula Ford Festival winner Jan Magnussen, who raced in Grands Prix for McLaren and Stewart before establishing himself as one of the world's best sports car and GT drivers. The Dane will be paired at Low Dempsey Racing with his nephew, fellow Dane Dennis Lind, this year's British GT Champion. Lind is another famous name from the Festival's past, having won the 2010 event.

Other high profile entries will include a pair of cars from Jeremy Shaw's Team USA Scholarship, which has previously brought future IndyCar competitors like Josef Newgarden and Oliver Askew to British circuits. This year's American youngsters are Max Esterson and Andre Castro, both of whom are hoping to make a name for themselves early in their professional racing careers.

Unlike traditional race events, the Formula Ford Festival runs to a knockout format with drivers initially divided into heats. Entrants will then progress through a series of rounds before the Formula Ford Festival title is awarded in the final race of the weekend. With an enormous entry expected for this year's event, the meeting will expand to four heats from the three that we've more commonly seen in recent years.

In addition to a busy programme of Formula Ford racing, there will be a busy support line-up comprised of BRSCC championships and series.

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Adult tickets are £14 in advance with free entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.