British Formula Ford
Aquila encouraged by maiden
British Formula Ford outing maRcus pyE
The voice of club motor racing
DANISH CONSTRUCTOR Aquila “It’s a mega car and it can
believes it can be competitive in British definitely win races.”
Formula Ford after an encouraging Aquila’s UK agent Julian Hoskins
series debut at Knockhill last weekend. added: “It responded well to the
Scottish FF1600 ace Joe Tanner was changes we made and we were
brought in to drive the FD1. He qualified very encouraged.
19th, over a second off pole, before “It was just out of the box and all the
finishing 17th in race one. He then others are already at their maximum.”
improved to 10th and 12th in the next The deal with Tanner was a one-off,
two events, and set a best lap within but neither party has ruled out further
0.8 seconds of the fastest in race three. races. Tanner said: “I’m keen to do more
T1000 will run for the “I’m quite pleased with how things in Britain and I hope to get out to
first time next month went considering it’s a brand new car Denmark later in the year too. ” Chevron built successful
Pro1000 Series and we had a misfire during all our Hoskins is also talking to other F3 machines in late 1960s
Tappy to test Pro1000
for the series, and Caparo sales director Stuart testing on Friday,” said Tanner. drivers about racing the car.
Scarbrough has backed Pro1000 to succeed. s Goodwood breaks with unearthing more obscure chassis in
“We were toying with the idea of a race series anyway, Revival tradition by asking the knowledge that organisers will
and here we have a ready-made package with only a few invitees to pay an entry not fill their fields with Brabhams!
Single-seater champion will drive new Caparo at Snetterton next minor changes to the T1,” he said. fee (in the form of a voluntary Although Ron Tauranac’s
“If anybody can make this happen, Nigel can and I donation) this September, stirring a timeless designs were incredibly
month; Palmer Audi ace Keen also weighs up ambitious new series would love to see it. It will be good for us if we have hornet’s nest among less pecunious popular, the second generation of
EX-FORMULA RENAULT UK champion some extended running. to build 20 T1000s. aspirants, it’s amazing how a debut F3 (which evolved from FJunior in
Duncan Tappy and former Formula Palmer Tappy said: “Nigel has said to me it’s a shame seeing “Hopefully this will create some really good race at the Automobile Club de 1964) witnessed a proliferation of
Audi frontrunner Richard Keen will participate all these good drivers going to waste because they can’t motorsport, because we need a little more Monaco’s 2010 Grand Prix marques, with Lotus and Merlyn
in the maiden test of the new Pro1000 series Caparo afford to step up, and that applies to me. excitement and overtaking. Historique – which is phenomenally in Britain, Matra and Pygmee in
T1000 at Snetterton on July 1. “I’m quite happy to test the car. I don’t know if I’ll “We’re only a supplier at the moment, but who expensive to contest – has France and Tecno of Italy spawning
Both drivers are evaluating Nigel Rees’s new series, end up racing in the championship, but all it needs is knows what will happen in the future?” Tanner gave the Aquila rekindled interest in one-litre superlative international
its British series debut
due to start in 2010. They will try one of two new a few guys with a bit of a name behind them to make The new series is also planning to award the driver Formula 3 across Europe. competition, which raged for
Damax-run cars – a modified version of the Caparo T1 the leap and make it happen.” leading the inaugural series at the end of May a drive in In fact, the high-revving the remainder of the decade.
supercar with detuned 470bhp MCT engine – before The Caparo T1000 has replaced the Champ Car- an LMP2-equivalent car at the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours. ‘screamers’ have been blipping Derek Bennett’s Chevron concern
the machines head to the Guadix circuit in Spain for derived Delta-Langford single-seater originally planned Details have yet to be announced. Ginetta G50 Cup on the fringes of British club entered the fray in 1967, and
motorsport’s radar for decades, while the shy Lancastrian genius
Proctor calls time on race career initially in the 750MC’s F4 category had hitherto concentrated
Vergers’s team takes win, but where’s the boss? Porsche Carrera Cup as newly obsolete machines, and his Herculean efforts on the
While team boss michael Vergers raced at le mans, the new always such a big occasion and it FORMER BRITISH Touring Car briefly, rallying before moving into with the Monoposto Club poking phenomenal sportscars that raised
GV Racing team took its first british Formula Ford series win
at Knockhill last weekend, courtesy of Chrissy palmer
porsche champs always seems to help me raise my Championship racer Mark Proctor has circuit racing in Eurocar V6s in 1996. the embers in the 1980s. But the company’s profile, his early
game. This is the third time in a row quit motorsport after a back-breaking He also competed in Eurocar V8s glamorous Monte Carlo’s spectre single-seaters were impressive too.
to Supercup I’ve done the race, and you’re always crash at Oulton Park earlier this month. and ASCAR, before racing first a has polarised focus within the HSCC This intriguing side of the
better equipped for Carrera Cup The 40-year-old fractured the L4 Vauxhall Astra and then a Honda Civic membership in recent seasons, fledgling’s history is told at first
PORSCHE CARRERA Cup champions after doing a Supercup race. It’s vertebra in his lower back when he Type R in the BTCC in 2005-06. He to the point where the dots are hand in a splendid new book,
Tim Harvey and James Sutton will certainly a series I’m looking T-boned the spun car of Carl Breeze campaigned a Hayabusa-engined Mini multiplying and bolting towards In The Mind’s Eye: Chevron Classic
contest the British Grand Prix- towards for the future.” in a Ginetta G50 Cup race. in ’08 before moving into the G50 Cup. the centre of the target. Formula Race Cars 1967-1970,
supporting Supercup round this Harvey added: “It’s great to race “It’s a reminder of what can happen,” Twenty-five of the mainly Ford by early employee Kevin
weekend with Red Line Racing. at Silverstone in front of the home said Proctor. “I’ve got a family to think Proctor raced MAE-powered critters – the largest ‘Hodge’ Hodgkinson.
Astra in BTCC
Sutton and Harvey, who are racing crowd and the BRDC. It could be the about and I’ve had great fun racing, gathering since the class ceded its The first in an intended series
as team-mates this season, are both last GP at Silverstone for a while, so I but now it’s time to call it a day. I’d FIA sanction to 1600cc F3 – are covering different Chevron eras, it’s
planning to challenge the series’ hope we have a glorious weekend.” just like to thank the marshals and entered for next month’s Superprix a fascinating insight into the spirit
regular frontrunners in their regular Sometime Carrera Cup racer and medical staff for everything they at Brands Hatch, among them of an unforgettable era. With the
Carrera Cup cars. British GT ace Aaron Scott will join did for me at Oulton Park.” Frenchman Rene Ligonnet’s Sports Motors B9 – piloted by Tim
Sutton, who finished second in Harvey and Sutton in the field, Proctor started racing in Mini-stocks Chevron B9, which he has Schenken in ’68, and Barrie Maskell
the same race last season, said: “It’s racing for Celtic Speed. aged 13. He competed in rallycross and, owned from new in 1968! thereafter – almost restored
More competitors are leaping to its former glory,
onto the bandwagon by the it’s no wonder
Ginetta Junior week. Some, sensing future slipstreaming
IN BRIEF Tockwith plans
Tockwith boss Simon Moore, the
father of Sarah and Le Mans 24 Hours
oversubscription, are taking leaves
from Formula Junior’s book in
FORMER RENAULT last weekend. The 27-year- Stoneman has split with was forced to stand down FORMER RENAULT racer Nigel, said: “We’ve got a 1.3-mile
Clio Cup star Stefan old was given a last-minute engineer Andy Parker. from his seat with Mark Clio Cup racer Phil House new test track test track and it wants resurfacing to Having hitherto
Hodgetts (below) took two deal with Steven Hunter’s “It was costing us a lot Burdett Motorsport at the returned to the series at put race cars on it.
podiums on his surprise JHR Developments team to of money to pay him Croft rounds last weekend Croft last weekend with his TOP GINETTA JUNIOR team Tockwith “It will be a test-track facility for our
return to the series at Croft make his first race outings
of the season.
by the day, so we’re
doing it ourselves now,”
for financial reasons. own PH Motorsport team.
House, an instructor at
Motorsport is to build its own test track
to train young drivers.
team, and we want to replicate corners,
like Tower and Sunny at Croft.
said Stoneman. RUSSIAN RACER Max Croft with Tempus Sport the circuit, was fourth in The team, which runs series leader “The problem is that, until drivers are early single-seaters
Sarah Moore, has had the green light to 16, you can’t take them to any track for
THE ALPINE Motorsport
team of Formula Renault KENTISH FORMULA
Snegirev, a tail-ender in
British Formula 3, made his
(above). Snegirev, who was
lapped in race one, could
qualifying and went on
to claim a best finish of resurface its facility at Tockwith airfield general test days.”
were impressive too”
UK title contender Dean Renault racer James Dixon Formula Renault debut at compete in further rounds. ninth in race one. near York, and will be able to run racing Moore also hopes that daughter
cars on the circuit for the first time. Sarah will move to the G50 Cup in 2010.
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